Donna P. Mosher

MENDOTA - Donna P. Mosher, 89, died June 1, 2019 at the McLean County Nursing Home.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on June 8 at the funeral home. Additional visitation will be at the Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, June 7. Interment will be at Restland Cemetery, Mendota.

Donna was born Dec. 19, 1929 in Sublette to Frank and Ruth Prescott. She married William V. Mosher on Oct. 3, 1954 in Mendota. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Jane (Jeff) Turley, and two grandsons, James and Jacob Turley, all of Bloomington; and a sister-in-law, Helga Prescott of Mendota.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and a brother, William Prescott.

Donna received a B.A. from the University of Nebraska and an M.S. from Northern Illinois University. She taught physical education at LaSalle-Peru High School, taught at Franklin Jr. High School and Centennial High School in Champaign Unit 4. She retired in 1985 to Shelbyville where she substituted in several area schools. She was actively involved in volunteer work, primarily American Red Cross Aquatics, First Aid and blood drives for which she received numerous awards and her 50-year pin. In 1951, she and a co-volunteer were instrumental in organizing a disability swimming program for the YWCA in Lincoln, Neb. for polio victims, which was refined and adopted by the American Red Cross. She taught swimming and lifesaving for 34 years and was an instructor/trainer at National Aquatic Schools. She served as Red Cross Chapter Chairperson for Safety Programs in Champaign County for 12 years and Shelbyville for five years. She served on the Champaign County Urban League Board for six years, and was a member and president of the Central Illinois Antique Dealers Association while living in Bloomington.

Donna was a lifelong Presbyterian and served as an Elder and Elder Commissioner to the Presbytery while with the First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville. She was a Daughter of the American Revolution and recently received recognition as a 70-year member from the Leticia Green Stevenson Chapter. Donna was an eternal optimist and loved to have fun. She loved her family and enjoyed gardening, fishing, auctions, antiquing, U of I and ISU basketball, and the local music scene.

Memorials may be directed to Special Olympics Illinois Region G.

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