Donna Farrow


Donna Mae Farrow (D-Mae; Ms. Donna), age 54, of Columbus, Ohio, received her home-going wings on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. She was at home surrounded by her loved ones after a long battle she so desperately tried to fight. She was born in Radford, VA on October 29, 1962 to the late Latiney C. and Mollie L. (Austin) Farrow.

Ms. Donna was also preceded in death by her brothers James D. Farrow and Cecil J. Farrow; like-a-sister Shirley Miller; and nephew, Ralph Miller. She leaves to cherish her fond memories: best friend, significant other, care-giver until the end, Don Neely; loving children, Shaun. A. Farrow and Shanna L. Farrow (James Wallace); sisters, Shirley A. Sherman, Susie F. Bergsten (Kelvin); Jacqueline Willis (Joseph) and Gwen F. Houston, (Anthony); grandchildren, Naje’ Farrow, Jayla Wallace, Leauana Farrow and Naya Farrow; nieces and nephews: Tiayonna Sherman, Katima Farrow, and Tony Miller; great nieces and nephews: Jodeci Houston, Breonna Sherman, Antonio Houston, Daiz’ Juan Sherman, Ja’Niya Sherman-Hudgens, Jayden Houston, and Ka’Myah Lewis; adopted niece, Rhonda Elick; and a host of loved ones and friends.

Ms. Donna was a friend to many; she truly met no strangers. She was the most caring, kind-hearted, fun-loving, and generous person you would ever meet. She gave new meaning to the idiom of someone “giving you the shirt off of their back”. If she had it, you could get it. She lived a humble and simple life, but without a doubt lived life to its fullest.

Ms. Donna was indeed the life of any party and always knew how to make a good thing great. She was a hard-worker, comedian, avid reader, loved walking, and always saw the best in everyone. She was a sous chef for many years until she fell ill and had a special place in her heart for the elderly. While she was originally born in Hokie Nation, Ms. Donna was a Buckeye fan to the core. When she wanted to unwind, you could find her nestled away with suspenseful book, watching Law & Order or Criminal Minds, and/or drinking a cold beverage.

The family sincerely thanks everyone for contributing to Ms. Donna’s legacy and personal story during her short but full years with us. She will be sorely missed by all those whom she touched. Her charisma, zeal, and passion for life will never be forgotten and will forever live within us.

Visitation 3:00 P.M. Funeral Service 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE, 5456 E. Livingston Avenue (1 block East of Noe Bixby turn North on Lonsdale Road).

Condolence Messages

  1. Curtis A. Eaves

    To Shirley and Susie and family my heart hurts to over the lost of Donna we grew up together and I will cherish my childhood memories and a special July 4 over Gwen’s when I went and bought Donna flowers and she was lost for words that was a first but I got a smile from it. I thank god for putting Donna in my life and making her my childhood crush but as kids she just beat me up a lot .I guess that was her way of saying I like you to curt or as her mom would call me joemack haha .I love all of you from wakeforest to Columbus rip my friend and I won’t say good bye I just saying I will see you later and save a set for me love the Farrow family and my heart felt condolences go out to you all . my god bless you all in your time of greivement .

  2. mildred whitescarver

    donna will be missed by many,my prayers go out to her family and friends,may she always rest in peace but,gone to soon….

  3. To Susie and family. I just want to let you know that I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister.
    You have my Condolences and Heartfelt Sympathy.
    Praying for you and the family.

  4. Brian P. Mosley

    I met Donna in 1992 when I started my part time bartender position at the Marble Gang restaurant. We instantly became friends and partners in crime. We used to take smoke breaks together and sneak away to the Macon to shoot a game of pool. We lost contact over the years, but recently, I would pick her up on my line 18 COTA bus. She would smile and greet me with “Hey Mr B” and I would return the smile and say “Hey Doughnut”. I have many hilarious stories and memories of Donna….she was a character To Miss Cheryl, I am so very sorry for your loss, and my prayers go out to you and your family! Rest well Doughnut!

  5. RIH Donna

  6. Sorry for your lost and will keep your family in our prayers.
    Prim & Carter Family

  7. To the family of Donna, you have my condolences in your loss. Death is one of the most difficult situations we must face. May you rely on God’s promise of a future resurrection (John 5:28,29).

  8. To the family of Donna, I Was so saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. I went to school with Donna and we graduated from BHS in Blacksburg.She was one of my dear friends . Donna was always so kind to everyone she met with her smile.she always keep you laughing .
    I would like to give my deepest condolences to her family during this time of your loss. Donna isn’t suffering any no pain in Heaven. May you ( RIP )Donna thanks for all the fun times and memories.
    You will be missed .
    Your friend Denise Houston



  10. Cheremaya Johnson

    Hello my beautiful Donna I’m just sitting here thinking about you I miss you so much I think about you and your beautiful smile all the time what a beautiful lady you are truly missed we had beautiful times together you are truly one of a kind I’m so blessed to have known you.

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