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Donna Joan Tilman (nee Summers) of Vandalia, MO

Donna was born December 15, 1935, in St. Louis, MO, and passed away peacefully on March 21, 2022.  She was the beloved wife of the late Page E. Tilman.  She was an exceptional cook, baker, and hostess, and cherished her sons and daughters, Scott (Beverly), Guy (Debbie), Tracy (Brenda) and “adopted” sons Tony (Denise) Laird and Bret Jones.


She was the daughter of the late Russell and Goldie (Manley) Summers, and was preceded in death by brothers Eugene, Dean and Don, and sister Wanda.  She is survived by her sister-in-law Lois Summers, nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Donna was a Godly woman who devoted her life to serving Christ, her family, her many friends, her church, and her community.  She loved children of all ages and enjoyed being “Grandma” and “Grammy” to many over the course of her life.  She will be greatly missed, leaving behind memories of a life well lived and a legacy of love.  Hers was not always an easy life, but it was a successful life because she was faithful, she loved greatly, and she was loved dearly.


Donna’s family would like to especially thank Tony and Denise Laird, Roger and Arliene Woodward, Jeri Fennewald, Janie Pease, Tracy Maiden, and many others who so lovingly assisted her with daily living needs and allowed her to remain in the home she loved.  Special thanks to the nurses and doctors at Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Clinic, and the Columbia Regional Medical Center for their loving care.


Visitation Saturday, March 26 at Waters Funeral Home, 500 S Main Street, Vandalia, MO from 9-11 am, until service at 11.  Christian burial follows at Vandalia Cemetery, 1183 N Main Street, Vandalia, MO following the service.


In lieu of flowers, donations in Donna’s memory to St. John’s Catholic Church Pantry, 601 Elm Street, Laddonia, MO 63352, or charity of your choice.


Online condolences may be made to the family on Donna’s memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com

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We have so many memories of this beautiful funny lady. Her (and Pages, along with the boys) trips to Utah were so much fun. Loved to sit and listen to all the stories of Chuck and his folk’s life in Missouri with the Tilman’s. We were so very blessed to get the chance to know Donna. Sympathy and love to Scott, Guy, Tracy and their families.

Susan wheeler Apr 5 2022 11:19 PM

Donna was such a special person I have many fond memories of all the good times we had together I will remember her always as the loving person she was. Sympathy and prayers to the family.

JOYCE A HOLT Mar 31 2022 8:32 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donna Tilman

Ellen Roy Mar 27 2022 10:02 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donna Tilman

Marvin and Rose Yager Mar 27 2022 8:41 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donna Tilman

Jay and Donna Hall Mar 26 2022 7:06 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donna Tilman

Bob and Dellie Brell Mar 26 2022 2:43 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donna Tilman

Kay and David Jones Mar 25 2022 9:46 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donna Tilman

Krystal DeTienne Mar 25 2022 4:57 PM

Living next to Donna and Page was such a honor. It was so nice raising our children next to them. Donna was such a special person. Touched our lives with her love and always had time for a cup coffee. She will always have a special place in our families heart!

Leslie (Herk) Stolte Mar 25 2022 1:03 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donna Tilman


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