Donnis Fay Venter, 82, was born October 3, 1929, in rural Cedar County near Blackjack, MO. She married Albert Venter on November 17, 1947, and lived with him on the family farm located on the Sac River for the remainder of her life. She was a member of Flatrock Holiness Church, and later, Riverview Bible Church. She was an apt student of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Venter, sister Doris Pace, and grandson Andy Venter.
Donnis is survived by a daughter, Linda Birk of El Dorado Springs; a son, Dr. John Venter of Joplin, MO; two grandchildren, Eric Venter of Neosho, MO, and Jill Venter of St. Paul, MN; two great-grandchildren, Erica and Eden Venter of Neosho, MO; two brothers, Darl Mays of El Dorado Springs, MO, and Steve Mays of Nevada, MO; and two sisters, Lillian Pace of El Dorado Springs, MO, and Arleta McCullough of Grandview, MO.