Obituary of Donna McKay
Donna Jean Flanagan McKay died from complications of dementia and Parkinson’s disease on February 10, 2018, at her home in the Narrow’s Glen community in Tacoma, Washington. She was 79.
Donna was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 16, 1938, to Dave N. Flanagan and Bessie Vera James. She moved to Tacoma in the 1950s and attended Bates Technical College, going on to work as an office manager and dental assistant for Dr. Dale Murray. She married Dr. Herbert Patrick McKay on December 16, 1967.
Faith was very important to Donna; she volunteered for Young Life, sang in the choir at Tacoma Presbyterian Church, and later was an active member of University Place Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school. A devoted wife and mother, Donna made an art of celebrating life by appreciating the beauty in small things. She loved animals, especially her dogs, gardening and flowers, traveling to places that were special to her family, such as Cannon Beach, Oregon, and cheering on the University of Washington football team at Husky Stadium.
The people whose lives she touched remember her as an unfailingly kind and optimistic person who could always find the best in situations and people. She met life’s challenges with faith and quiet strength, always generous with smiles and friendly words for loved ones and strangers alike.
She is survived by her husband Herb; daughter and son-in-law Jeanne McKay and Will Hartmann; son and daughter-in-law John and Abigail McKay; and stepson Mark McKay and his wife Marie. She loved her five grandchildren and enjoyed frequent visits with son John’s daughter, Emma, who lived nearby. She leaves behind her sister Doris, as well as brother-in-law Tom McKay and sister-in-law Patricia Millette.
She was predeceased by her brother Bob Flanagan and sister Mary Coder.
Donna’s family requests that any honorary donations in her memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association:
Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at www.alz.org.