MacKinney, Donna Lynn

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July 29, 1955 - June 19, 2017

MacKinney, Donna Lynn

Donna Lynn MacKinney was born on July 29, 1955 in Florence, Alabama to William E and Juanita J. Mitchell and passed away on June 19, 2017 at home with her family, in Carrollton, Texas at the age of 61. She grew up in Corinth, Mississippi with her brothers David K. Mitchell and Philip E. Mitchell. She graduated from Corinth High School, Evangel University and Texas Women’s University. She was a teacher and librarian and finished her career as a librarian of Rice Middle School in Plano, Texas.

Donna was passionate about all children, particularly her children and grandchildren. Her love of books was boundless. She enjoyed getting books into the hands of children. She liked to travel especially to New England. She also loved to volunteer at her church.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend.  She was preceded in death by her father, William E. Mitchell and brother, David K. Mitchell. She is survived by Tim; daughter, Abby; son, Ben; daughter-in-law, Jen; mother, Juanita; grandchildren Kyle, Natalie, and Eli; brother, Phil and his wife, Shantelle; nephews, Billy, Andrew, and Matthew; and of course, Frederick, her faithful dog; along with extended family and friends.

A service to celebrate her life will be held in Dallas on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Northaven United Methodist Church at 1:00 P.M. with a reception to follow. There will also be a second memorial service in Jackson, Tennessee on July 1, 2017 at West Jackson Baptist Church at 11:00 A.M. with a family luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers the family asked that one consider making a donation in Donna’s name to Saint Jude or to First Book

“Life is good Grace abounds.” – Bill McElvaney

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Dallas, Texas 75252

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Larry Denbrock

July 05, 2017 2:38PM

So very sorry about your loss Tim. Please accept my condolences for you and your extended family.

Tish Mulkey

June 30, 2017 2:40PM

Donna was a strong advocate for books and reading among children and young adults. Her determination to continue working at the profession she loved even as she fought her disease was courageous and awe-inspiring. It was my great privilege to have worked with her in the PISD library program and to have counted her as my friend. We have all lost a wonderful friend.

Laurie Bonnici

June 30, 2017 1:35AM

Rest in peace my friend. You are loved!

Parul Bhatia

June 29, 2017 11:13PM

Deepest condolences to Ms. Donna's family members. Kind and compassionate people such as her continue to live on.

Karen Yang

June 28, 2017 6:02PM

Mrs. MacKinney was such a huge influence in my life when I was young. It was she that encouraged my passion for books, letting me explore the ARCs that had just come in, discussing in great length my favorite novels, and handing me great literature beyond the scope of a middle school library. It is because of her that I developed strong writing skills and gained confidence in conversing with adults. I was blessed to have the greatest school librarian of all time.

Renae McCreary Martin

June 28, 2017 5:09PM

Mrs. Mitchell, I have such fond memories of growing up with Donna and your family at First Assembly, Corinth. I enjoyed Donna's friendship and spending time at your house. I think you and Donna and I sang some songs together that were fragrant to God. Love you're in my prayers!

Lisa Osburn

June 28, 2017 3:00PM

On behalf of the entire Multifamily Inside Sales team, at ACPI. We send our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time.

Priscilla McHan

June 28, 2017 12:43PM

From the entire Multifamily field group, we want to express our deepest sympathy to the MacKinney family, during this difficult time.

Brenda Marsh

June 28, 2017 12:09PM

Tim, my sincere condolences. I pray that all the wonderful & special memories of your Donna will fill you with joy & peace now & in the years to come.

Brandon Schreffler

June 28, 2017 11:52AM

Tim, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. The love and support I could see when you spoke of Donna was inspirational.

Denise Hassinger

June 28, 2017 10:55AM

Sorry for your loss. May God be with you in your time of need.

Dave Landau

June 28, 2017 10:46AM

Tim, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dave Landau

Kristie Novak

June 28, 2017 10:02AM

On behalf of the Northeast field service reps here at ACPI we would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the MacKinney Family during this difficult time. May loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength

Our Deepest Sympathy-

gema langford

June 28, 2017 9:46AM

dearest abby i am so sorry for your loss it will get easier lost my daddy 8 years ago may 8th. please know i love and miss you alot!

Juanita Pfeuffer

June 28, 2017 8:54AM

Tim, I am sorry for you loss. May God's peace be with you and the family, knowing she is in God's loving arms.

Gary Beward

June 28, 2017 8:51AM

Sorry on your loss.
From the T-Town C.I. Team

Vickie Lassiter

June 28, 2017 8:30AM

Donna and I lived close for this small town of Corinth! Always smiling and raising her hand for the answers. RIP Donna

Jan (Lewis) Feazell

June 28, 2017 12:18AM

Donna and I had Library together in high school. She appeared to be so serious, once I got to know her, she was so much fun to be around! So sorry to hear of her passing! Praying for her and her family. Janet (Lewis) Feazell

Jeanne Hoffer Pasko

June 27, 2017 8:29PM

Count me among the blessed to have shared her short season at Nappanee Missionary Church. She was always lots of fun.

Jane Newberry

June 27, 2017 6:40PM

I was a librarian colleague of Donna's and subbed for her after I retired. I admired Donna so much! She was kind, witty, smart, compassionate and a whole lot of other adjectives! She was an advocate for kids and books and libraries. The world is a little less bright without Donna.

Gail Stelter Lundberg

June 27, 2017 5:49PM

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Donna has left this earth but her influence remains in the people who knew her. Donna challenged me to think a little broader, act a little kinder, and to work a little harder. Donna made a difference.

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