Donna Nye

Donna Nye, 84, of Blunt, passed away Friday, December 6, 2019 at Avantara Pierre.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 12, at Newlife Assembly Church, Pierre, with Pastor John Fette officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at 4:00 p.m. in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blunt.

Donna was born May 12, 1935 to Earl and Grace (Hillmer) Crain in Blunt, SD. She spent much of her childhood helping her parents on the Gephart Ranch near Stephan and caring for and playing with her younger sister, Judy. She was a country girl and enjoyed riding horses, hunting, fishing, and herding cattle. Donna was involved in basketball and numerous other school activities before graduating from Blunt High School in 1954.

She was united in marriage to Elden Nye on November 24th, 1955 in Pierre, SD. To this union two sons were born: Richard and Jamie. Donna worked for the Department of Social Services in child protection until her retirement.

Family and faith were Donna’s two favorite things. She often brought up her love for the Lord and enjoyed showing off pictures of her grandkids. Donna loved spending summers with her grandkids and took them on daily adventures to the river, the pool, Pierre, and many other places!

Left to cherish her memory are her two sons: Richard (Carol) and Jamie (Jennifer); grandchildren: Nathan (Sierra), Haley (Trevor) Cook, Colin (Danielle), Jonathan Wright, Colton (Macy Schock), DeShayne (Brad) Hoag, and Jessica (Jake Maliske); seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Judy (Cecil) Staples; and many beloved relatives.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Grace; and her daughter-in-law, Dawn.

Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Donna’s arrangements. Visit