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Donna May Caruth Kezar

September 15, 1927 ~ March 23, 2019 (age 91)

Donna May Caruth Kezar was born September 15, 1927 in Blairsburg, Iowa to Leonard and Evelyn
(Coons) Caruth.  Donna was the oldest in a large family (Hazel, Wayne, Wendell, Jeannie, Vern, Gary,
Lyle, Eddie and Rosa), an active farmhand, student and athlete growing up.  She suffered from polio in
High School but managed to play All-State girls basketball and sit as First Chair in Trumpet.  Donna
maintained a love and support of Girls Basketball her entire life and lovingly coached for a number of
years.  She left the farm and Iowa for San Francisco at 18 where she had the opportunity to meet Frank
Sinatra when getting off the cable car to attend his concert.  She returned to Ames, Iowa to raise her
two oldest children while working and eventually becoming Secretary for the Dean of Health and Human
Services of Iowa State University.  Donna met her husband Roger Kezar at ISU, they married in Santa Fe
and spent many years with the Federal Highway Department moving from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan and eventually to Annapolis, MD then retirement in Bradenton.  Donna wore many hats
throughout her long and blessed life.  She loved telling stories about her adventures on the farm and as a
Realtor in Lansing.  She was active in gardening, Altar Guild, Daughters of the King, quilting, elementary
reading support, antiquing and travel for many years, but her clearest passion has always been her
family.  She was the beloved Mamazar!

Donna is survived by her husband of 58 years, Roger Clark Kezar as well as her son Fr. Dennis Dean &
Sandy (Knight) Kezar in Bradenton; daughter Nancy (Kezar); Larry Lockhart in Casa Grande, AZ and
daughter Annastasia Kezar in Baltimore, MD.  She is remembered and loved by her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren:  Dennis Kezar, Salt Lake City, UT; Matthew and Tani (Eckert) Kezar, Colton and
Caden in Bradenton; Peter and Samantha Kezar, Sarah, Sadie and Samuel of Enid, OK; Heather and
Scott McNutt, Taylor and Michael of Casa Grande, AZ; Maximillian Alexander Kezar and Zophia Grace
Kezar of Baltimore, MD.  She is also survived by one remaining brother, Gary Caruth of Webster City, IA
as well as many beloved nieces and nephews scattered from Texas to Missouri and always back to Iowa.

Services will be held at Christ Church Episcopal, Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 4030 Manatee Avenue West,
Bradenton, Florida on April 17, 2019 at 11 am.  Interment will follow immediately after the service in the
Christ Church Garden where she will rest in peace with her son Kevin Sean and other blessed souls.

The family asks that donations be sent in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, C/O The Longest
Day, June 21 @ www.alz.org/research

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