Donna Lou Terry was born to Ruth Nichols and Kermit Dempsey on September 11, 1938, in
Osceola, Missouri. Donna passed away Sunday, April 3 , 2022, at Truman Lake Manor in Lowry
Donna married Charles Terry in 1958, and had a daughter Janice Terry on January 21, 1960, in
Osceola, Missouri. Donna lost her beloved daughter unexpectedly on June 2, 2014. Donna
worked at Rivals in Clinton, Missouri for 30 plus years making crock pots, and where she retired
She lived in Gerster, Missouri until her journey at the nursing home started in 2019. Donna was a
beloved mother, sister, friend, and aunt. There was never a dull moment with her. She enjoyed
working in the garden, taking walks, and doing her puzzle books. Donna also loved doing the
chicken dance to make people laugh. She loved all her nieces, great nieces, and nephews, and
loved her great-great nieces and nephews. She would always say “them were her babies.”
Donna is proceeded in death by her parents: Kermit and Ruth Dempsey, daughter Janice Terry,
nephew Joe Lee Drake and great-great niece Carmen.
She is survived by 3 sisters: Debbie Thomas of Osceola, Mo, Sharon Harrelson of Clinton, Mo,
and Bonnie Garret of Harrisonville, Mo. 1 brother, James Dempsey of Clinton, Mo. Niece Twila
and Robert Manlove of Collins, Mo. Great nieces, and nephews: Daniel, Kimberly, Travis,
Michaila and Bobby JR. Great-great nieces, and nephews: Destiny Jayden, Harley, Bailey,
Kenley, Paxton, Elijah, Maddix, Huxley, and Brixton.
You will be greatly missed Aunt Bee. Always and forever, I love you!
Gladys Smith saysApril 8, 2022 at 8:09 am
I am so very sorry for your loss….the Dempsey family is special to me. Hugs and prayers to the family.
Diana Gress Ripperger saysApril 9, 2022 at 3:25 pm
Donna will be missed by all. Donna and my mom viola Gress was good friends. we all love her. i send my condolence to the family. sorry to hear this..