Donna A. White

January 26, 1934 - September 8, 2015

Donna A. White, age 81, of Brewster, MA, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.

Donna was born in Sharon, PA on Jan. 26, 1934 and was a daughter of the late Dr. William Applegate and Nell (Stillström) Applegate. When Donna was 12, she lost her mother and was raised by her father. Donna was a graduate of the prestigious Emma Willard School and later attended Wells College for Women. Donna moved back to her hometown where she began her teaching career and soon after, met her future husband, Rev. G. David White. The couple married in Sharon, PA in 1956.

Donna had two sons: George and Christopher. At the encouragement of her husband’s cousins, Frank and Carol White, Donna moved with her family to Cape Cod where her husband became the rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, MA. Donna worked for a number of years for Eastham travel before starting her own agency, Donna White Travel. Donna was also a member of the Rotary Club of Orleans.
Most recently, she resided with her daughter-in-law, Andie, and her grandchildren in West Grove, PA. Donna’s grandchildren were truly the light of her life.

Throughout her married life as the wife of an ordained clergy person, she remained an integral part of the parishes her husband served. Donna was a very thoughtful and considerate individual who constantly put others before herself. Quiet, yet strong and steadfast, she was a welcomed presence in the lives of her family and friends. She was an avid reader and world traveler. Above all, Donna was a loving wife, adoring mother, cherished grandmother, beloved aunt and dear friend to many.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Harris(David)White: son, Christopher W. White, Esq. and a brother, William Applegate. Donna is survived by her son, George H. Howdy White and his wife, Nadya, of Little Falls, NJ; daughter-in-law, Leandria Andie Hall of West Grove, PA. Grandchildren: Joshua H., Kayla E. and Andrew G. White, sister Judy Achre of Sharon, PA and FL; brother-in-law, Franklin White and his wife, Shirley, of Ludlow, MA; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans, MA, with a reception to follow. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Donna’s name may be made to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, c/o Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans, MA 02653.


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5 Condolences for Donna A. White

  • George, we are so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great woman. She will be remembered by so many people.

  • Aunt Donna was always my favourite aunt, and I loved her dearly. We didn’t see each other often after I got married and moved away, but we always picked up where we left off. She had a wonderful smile and an easy laugh. She always made people feel special and cared for. I will miss her very much. I know she is with Uncle Dave and Chris now.

  • Howdy,

    I was shocked when Mom called to tell me that Aunt Donna had passed. I will always remember what a strong woman she was and how much we all loved her. She will be missed by so many but especially by her family.
    All my love,

    I always think of Aunt Donna every time I make her recipe for blonde brownies. She gave me that recipe about a century ago and it’s still one of my favorites.

  • I knew Donna for many years on Cape Cod. She was such a sweet lady with a big smile who always was a joy to see. My heart goes out to your family.

  • Donna was such a first class woman….kind, generous and smart. I loved working with her and so pleased to have known her.