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Vicki Stites

Born: Sun., Feb. 26, 1956
Died: Sun., Oct. 2, 2011

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Vicki Leann Stites Donath, 55, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2011, at her home in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She was born February 26, 1956, in Chariton, Iowa, to Junior and Maxine Stockton Stites.

She and John "Phil" Donath were married March 17, 1986. They had been married 23 years when he passed away July 17, 2009.

Vicki was a graduate of Chariton High School in Chariton, Iowa. She received her bachelor's degree from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa; and in the mid-1980's, earned her master's degree at the University of Illinois in Champagne. She was employed for 15 years with Tanager Place near Ottumwa and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, working extensively in adoption and foster care as the Director of Community Services.

She was then employed for five years in social work at the Meskwaki Native American Settlement in Tama, Iowa. While living in Cedar Rapids, Vicki was a Girl Scout Leader, and especially enjoyed traveling with the girls.

Loving survivors include two daughters, Erin Donath of Cape Girardeau; Heather (Andrew) Webb and children Avery, Hayden, and Hannah of Anna, Ill; her father and stepmother, Junior and Wilma Stites of Charles City, Iowa; a brother, Michael (Carol) Stites of Chariton, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Lloyd (the late Jolene) Curtis of Promise City, Iowa; three nieces, Shelly Curtis (Mark Sharp) of Promise City, Melissa Nine (David Gooding) of Marshalltown, Iowa, Delsey (Tony) Hinners of Dayton, Iowa; two nephews, Rodney (Kristal) Stites of Chariton, Loren Curtis of Promise City; 12 great-nephews-nieces, Laci, Josie, Michael, Dalton, Riley, Dylan, Gavin, Ethan, Eve, Parker, Ben, and Preston; and many other dear family members and close friends.

Survivors of her late husband's family include his parents, Frank and Kathryn Donath, now of Overland Park, Kansas and formerly of Sedalia, Mo.; his sister, Diane Penland, of Overland Park, Kansas; and many other dear family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Phil Donath; her mother, Maxine Stites; her sister, Jolene Curtis; and paternal grandmother, Gail Stites.

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Jolene and Carl Whiting

Dear Erin and family,

We are so sorry about the loss of your mom.

She had a wonderful sense of humor and such a giving spirit.

We will always remember her as a wonderful and devoted leader for Girl Scouts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Laurie Palmer, LMSW

To Erin and family,

Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your mother.

I knew Vicki through work at Tanager Place in Ottumwa. Her bubbly energy,sense of humor, passion & red hair could light up a room.

A true loss to us all & society

Lori Hawbaker (Megan's Aunt)


You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Your mom was AWESOME! She will be missed.

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