Donna Marie McElvain
Donna Marie (Ziegler) McElvain was born January 17, 1953, in Holdrege, Nebraska. She passed away Monday, September 5th, 2022 at her home in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was the only child of Elva I. (Schnuerle) and Robert K. Ziegler.
Donna grew up on a farm east of Holdrege. She began her formal education as a member of the first all-day, one-semester Kindergarten class at Funk School. She attended Funk School through 8th grade, and continued on to complete grades 9-12 at Holdrege Junior and Senior High schools. With the surname Ziegler, she was the last member of the class of 1971 to cross the stage and receive her diploma.
She was united in marriage with Richard (Dick) Robert McElvain on August 12, 1973 at the United Methodist Church in Holdrege, Nebraska.
Donna knew she wanted to be a nurse for as long as she could remember, and she started her nursing career as an aide at Phelps Memorial Health Center while in high school. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 1975, and later received her Master’s of Science in Nursing in 1993. Her career as a registered nurse spanned 43 years in a variety of roles. She retired from the faculty of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, Lincoln Division, in 2018.
Richard and Donna raised their family in Holdrege, where they were also active in school and community organizations including Trinity Evangelical Free Church. Their door was always open, and one never knew how many faces might be around the dinner table when their sons were in high school.
In 2004, Richard and Donna moved to Lincoln and became active members of Lincoln Berean Church. After they both retired, the couple traveled to The British Isles in 2018, and Israel in 2019 where Donna was baptized in the Jordan River.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Richard McElvain, sons David (Micayla) McElvain of Bellevue, Nebraska, and Duane (Krisann) McElvain of Madison, Wisconsin, grandson Matthew, and close family friend Michelle Tafoya. She will also be greatly missed by her sisters- and brothers-in-law, a host of nieces and nephews, and many more family members and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elva and Robert.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Lincoln Berean Church, 6400 S. 70th, Lincoln, NE. A family visitation will be held on Wednesday September 21, 2022 for those who cannot attend the Thursday service, at Lincoln Berean Church from 5:00-7:00pm.
The inurnment will be on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 10:30am at Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege, NE.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands, 10824 Old Mill Road, Suite 8, Omaha NE, 68154, or a charity of the donor’s choice in Donna’s remembrance.
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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
Condolences for Donna Marie McElvain
Donna,was a Godly woman. Trust that she is with her Savior. May the Lord give comfort and peace.
Sincere sympathy in the passing of Donna.
May fond memories bring comfort and peace.
I worked with her at Phelps Memorial Health Center. Kathryn (Enquist) Ronhovde
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve for Donna! What a beautiful person, inside and out. It was a joy to live back to back in Holdrege, you on Garfield and the Hamiltons’ on East Ave. Remember our boys hanging out in the sandpile and riding bikes around the block. Also remember the final “Mash” show with a big farewell party for the entire Mash crew at your house! Fun times! Donna’s laugh and smile lit up a room. Rejoice that she is home safe and sound with her Jesus and so many others waiting her arrival. Can’t wait to see her again!
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Donna when she worked at the hospital.
Thoughts and prayers are going out to the family and friends.
I am very sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I always loved her laugh. She was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Dick and family,
My sincere condolences to you all. I remember Donna as a kind and gentle soul. You are in my prayers.
So very sorry for your loss. Donna was such a sweet person. She will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to Dick and her family.
I am so sad to hear the news of Donna’s passing. We were on the same school bus route at Funk and members of the Lively Lassies 4-H club for several years. When I think of her, her smile and kind ways come immediately to mind. My sincere sympathy to her family.
I have wonderful memories of Donna from high school and beyond. She was always so kind to everyone and shared life with her beautiful smile. It was fun to reconnect with her while we were both teaching at NU. Our sympathies, Dick, to you and your family. We share your tears of sadness in her death, along with tears of joy for a life well lived.
Mike and I were sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I remember all the fun times we had in School, Band, Pep Club and Yearbook Staff! Our thoughts and prayers are with Dick and her family!
So sorry for your loss. My prayers and sympathy to your family. May all your memories give you peace God bless .
Richard – Please accept our belated condolences. We were saddened to read in the Journal Star obituaries of the recent passing of your wife Donna Marie. I remember her from the days you worked at the LLCHD.
You are a person of faith so I know that it will help sustain you during this period of grieving. Take care of yourself.
Gary & Elaine Walsh
I’m so sorry for your loss. Donna was an amazing woman and she will be greatly missed. I feel lucky to have been a part of her life and I cherish the memories I have of her.
All my love
Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss. I knew Donna through the nursing profession and our ties to Holdrege. She always had a smile on her face and was very positive and outgoing. She was a true asset to nursing and a joy to be around.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Nancy Harms & Gerhart Wehrbein