Donna Lee Rudy-Graves-Buoy - October 24, 2012

Donna Lee Rudy-Graves-Buoy, 65, of Giltner, passed away at home surrounded by her family, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, after battling cancer.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Stockham Community Church in Stockham with Revs. Paul Nauman and Karl Larson officiating. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Solt Funeral Home in Central City. Burial is in the Aurora Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Hamilton County Cancer Society, the Stockham Community Church or the Evangelical Covenant Church in Aurora. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com.
Donna was born in Grand Island on Jan. 4, 1947, to Douglas E. and Ardith L. (Hesp) Rudy. She grew up in Marquette and graduated from Marquette High School in 1965. She continued her education at the Grand Island Business School and received her associates degree in secretarial science. On Feb. 25, 1967, Donna was united in marriage to DeWitt “Dee” Graves. They made their home in Aurora and Donna worked at Chuck’s Drive-in, Jack and Jill, and Ellis Pharmacy. To this union were born three children and Donna lovingly became a stay-at-home mom. After her children were raised, Donna worked for many years at Harv’s Farm Supply in Giltner. In 1998, she moved to Grand Island and worked at Fonner Park. On Oct. 19, 2001, she and Larry E. Buoy were married and they lived in Bassett until 2005. At this time, they returned to live in Grand Island and then Giltner. Donna worked at Younkers until her health failed.
Donna was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Aurora and was currently attending the Stockham Community Church. Donna’s greatest joy came from the time she spent with her family and especially with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed quilting, embroidery, photography, playing cards, traveling and spending time friends. Her cat, Patches, held a special place in their home and in Donna’s heart. Hugging people was second nature to Donna and she taught many people the value of hugging, including a couple old men and a doctor, who looked forward to every hug Donna gave them.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband - Larry Buoy of Giltner; her children, Darren and Shannon Graves of Aurora, DeAnna and Tim Skrastains of Colorado Springs, Dorinda and Brant Fastnacht of Phillips, and Lance and Christina Buoy of Hildreth; six grandchildren, Ashley Buoy, Abilgail and Hannah Skrastains, Cheyenne Graves, and William and Alyssa Fastnacht; her sister, Judy and Don Ritta of Marquette; her aunt, Bonnie Rudy of Giltner; nieces and nephews; special cousin, Kent Rudy; and her many friends.
Preceding Donna in death were her parents, Douglas and Ardith Rudy; her brother, Earl Rudy; and her grandparents.

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