Donna Lee Welsh, 46, of Circleville, died unexpectedly on May 8, 2015.
She was born on March 18, 1969, in Columbus, to Judy (Fee) Myers and Donald L. Welsh, who survive.
She is also survived by her brother, Michael (Lisa Jones) Welsh; nieces, Maya and Natalie Welsh; nephews, Paul and Nicholas Welsh; her partner, Teresa Keplar; best friend of 33 years, Doug Smith and his spouse, Steve Bollinger; special friends, Sallie (Schneider) Sauber, Matt Lemley, Lisa Greenlee, Tracey (Carpenter) Eagle, Edwin Yang and Joe Stefanko; special cousin, Kelly Spriggs; aunt, Nancy Fee; step-sisters, Alana, Lori and Sherrie; step-brother, William; Doug’s family, Doug (Mary) Smith, Janet K. Smith, Mindy Strong (son, Hunter), Bob (Jennifer) Smith (daughters, Laney and Olivia), Julie Johnson and Teresa Benton; her cat, Lovey; her mom’s cats, Joey and Sweetie; Doug’s special pets, Patches, Angel and Sam; also Charlie, who led the way to Heaven for her on the same day.
Donna was preceded in death by her step-father, Bert Myers; and grandparents, Harold and Eloise Fee and Robert and Ruth Welsh.
Donna graduated from Circleville High School in 1987. She held an associate’s degree in graphic design from Columbus State, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from Kaplan University.
Donna was a free spirit who enjoyed all music, art, cooking and food culture. She was a devoted Ohio State Buckeye fan and always cheered with the OSU Marching Band during Script Ohio. The angels are in for a treat when football season begins each year. She especially loved Pumpkin Show and Christmas.
She was a very talented artist and designer of personalized crafts, including ornaments, painted gift bags, knitted scarves and wood burning art work. She loved traveling to craft shows with Teresa to share all of her special gifts that are now a memorial and testament to her creativity and spirit. She never stopped laughing or making others laugh, even during her most challenging times.
Donna will be deeply missed by everyone who loved her. She was the most unique and special soul and will be celebrated by all those she touched.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Defenbaugh-Wise-Schoedinger Funeral Home, 151 E. Main St., Circleville, with Pastor Ty Myers officiating. The family will welcome guests one hour prior to the time of service. After the memorial service, a celebration of life will be held at the home of Doug Smith. Please dress casual and come in Ohio State gear, as that is the way Donna would want you to be.
Memorial contributions may be made to Partners for Paws, P.O. Box 282, Circleville, OH 43113.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal