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Donna J. Laws

Donna passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

She was born May 21, 1930 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Alden and Alice (Bidwell) Coon. Donna had owned and operated a gas station in Plainwell, had worked at Span Brass in Otsego and at Western Michigan University for several years until her retirement in 1992.

She was involved with the Woman’s Auxiliary at Pipp Hospital and was a fixture at St. Margaret’s Friday night bingo. Donna enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved animals and was known as a cat lady who also loved her dog Zeus.

In 1948 she married Gilbert Griffith who passed away in 1966. She then married Derwood Laws who preceded her in death in 2007.

Surviving are her children, Victoria (Rod) Wade of Kalamazoo, Linda Jones of Plainwell, Cindy Stewart of Florida and Jeannette (Carl) Robar of Otsego; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Johnny Coon of Petoskey along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and daughter, Peggy Wine.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial celebration will be held at a later time.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Donna may be made to

Rose Arbor Hospice


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Rose Sharrard

February 3, 2019 at 9:41 pm

My prayers are with the family. Donna was a great lady. I had known her for years. With a very kind heart. She will be missed. RIP Donna .Heaven got another angel.


Bonnie McDonald

February 4, 2019 at 12:20 pm

sorry for your loss


Kim Carey

February 4, 2019 at 1:40 pm

So sorry for your loss….


Sharol Roche-Cano

February 4, 2019 at 6:39 pm

Her wings were ready

But your hearts

were not……

My deepest condolences to the family


Dorothy Gren family

February 5, 2019 at 10:28 pm

We all remember Donna for her overwhelming kindness. Jeanie rememberers her amazing peanut butter fudge. So many years ago she was our neighbor and always a friend.

We’re so sorry for your loss. God bless all of you.

Dorothy, Jeanie, Arlene, Kathy and Chris


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