Donna Lee Dubs, age 73, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2020 after a brief illness. Donna was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware but spent most of her adult life living in central and southeastern Pennsylvania, most recently in West Chester, PA.
Donna is preceded in death by her parents Dorothy and Clarence Brown, and by her brother Clarence Fitchett Brown (Linda “Cookie” Brown). Donna is survived by her four children, Jon Raymon Dubs (Ellen), Laura Anne Conlon (Jeremy), Karen Lee Brecker (James), and Jeremy Macomber-Dubs (Rebecca), as well as Jon I. Dubs (Barbara Dubs), the father of Donna’s children whom she was married to for 21 years.
Donna was proud to be a loving grandmother to seven grandchildren, who knew her as “Grammy Donna”: Tyler, Lucas, Brady, Charlotte, Grace, Henry and Tessa. Donna is survived by many other family members that she loved dearly and she was especially grateful for the kindness of the late Bill and Mary Whitaker.
Donna graduated from Henry Conrad High School in 1964. She went on to study nursing at Saint Francis School of Nursing and graduated at the top of her class. After graduation Donna went on to pursue a career in nursing which became her lifelong passion. When Donna’s youngest son Jeremy was born with a rare bone disorder, she pursued a nursing specialty in orthopedics so that she could better treat and care for her son. She spent much of her career at Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg as an Orthopedic Surgery Coordinator in the Operating Room. She went on to work at Lancaster General Hospital before finishing out her nursing career at A.I. Dupont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington. Donna was known for her strong work ethic as a nurse. She was proud of her accomplishments in nursing and cherished all of the nurses and doctors she worked with throughout her career.
Donna was a sweet, kind, thoughtful, considerate soul who loved unconditionally and lit up the room when she arrived with her bright smile. She was incredibly devoted and loyal to her family, and put her children and grandchildren above all else. She never missed a birthday party, important event, or school performance and regularly told her grandchildren that she loved them “to the moon and back”. Donna loved milkshakes, burgers, shopping, spending time with her grandchildren, watching reruns of Downton Abbey and old movies, connecting with friends and family on social media, and family trips to Stone Harbor, NJ and Buck Hill Falls, PA. She will be missed by many who will forever love her to the moon and back.
The family would like to thank the staff of Penn Medicine Chester County Hospice for their kind and loving care of Donna.
Given the current COVID circumstances, the family will be holding a private service at Longwood Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation at https://oif.org in memory of Donna L. Dubs and to honor her son Jeremy Macomber-Dubs.
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