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Donna Shuey, 79

Donna Shuey, 79, of Rhodes passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 15 in her home just a week before her 80th birthday.

In lieu of a funeral, a memorial visitation for Donna will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Celebrate Donna and share your memories at the Rhodes Bar following the visitation. An interment will be held for Donna on Friday at 10 am at Rhodes Eden cemetery. Memorials in Donna’s name may be directed to her family for a later designation. For more information or to send a condolence please visit www.mitchellfh.com or by calling (641)844-1234. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Donna and her family.

Donna Lou Brittain was born on June 24, 1939, in Iowa City to parents Robert and Tillie (Holtsclaw) Brittain. She grew up in the town of Rhodes where she attended school and graduated high school in the class of 1956. On April 26, 1957, she was united in marriage to her husband Larry. The two raised eight children together. Donna worked at the Maytag plant in Newton, Iowa until retirement. Upon her retirement she and Larry had built an ice cream shop in Rhodes (Kountry Kafe) where her grandchildren worked for a summer activity. She was also the owner of the Boot Heel Bar in Rhodes for a period of time while working at Maytag. She was active in the UAW Union, The Rebekah Lodge as well as the Red Hat Society.

In her free time, you might find Donna scrolling through her Facebook, attending the local ball games, going out for rides on her golf cart, fishing, attending rodeos and spending time with her family. She was a social butterfly. You could say that Rhodes lost their matriarch that always had a quick wit, at times a sharp tongue and a heart that would fill a room.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Sherri Conley, Sandy Reuter, Jim Shuey, Billie Jo Klos, Terri Clark, Penni Shuey, Larry (Horse) Shuey and Shannon (Baby) Waigand; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and her sister Hellen Guthrie.

In death, she rejoins her loving husband Larry; parents Bob and Tillie Brittain; sister Dorothy Hill and great grandchild Shelby Aikin.