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Donna R. McAnulty

September 21, 2022

Donna Reve McAnulty

June 16, 1933-September 21, 2022


Donna was born on a farm in Butler County on June 16, 1933. Her parents were Hugh and Flossie Westervelt. Donna was the youngest of six children. The family later moved to town in Leon, KS where she attended school, was a cheerleader and graduated from Leon High School.


She worked several years at Beech Aircraft before going to work in the office at Conoco in Wichita. This is where she met her husband, Mel McAnulty. They were married August 31, 1962 in Hutchinson, KS. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with all of the family present. They were the parents of four sons: Mark, Brett, Todd and Barry.


While raising their sons, Donna first worked as a secretary for Lloyd Smith, owner of S/V Tools and then later as an administrative assistant to Bob Bunting at Bunting Magnetics in Newton. Upon retirement on January 1, 1997, Mel and Donna enjoyed taking annual 6-week vacations for 12 years to San Diego, CA.


Donna was a very active mother and community volunteer over the years. She was in charge of the kitchen at First Presbyterian Church which provided many meals for the congregation and for special gatherings at the church. She organized and catered the annual Holiday Affair women’s luncheon for many years and always received accolades as to her ability to pull off this event. She also was in charge of the Gift Shop at the Presbyterian Manor in Newton and helped with the Apple Blossom Festival for many years. Donna was named Newton Woman of the Year in 2001 and was an active member of the local P.E.O. chapter.


Donna loved to entertain friends and family. She was noted for the outstanding meals she provided at their annual Memorial Day brunch at their home for approximately 20 years, hosting an average of 50-60 guests. Donna will be missed by all.


Survivors include: husband, Mel McAnulty of the home, son, Mark (Cindy) McAnulty of Newton, daughter-in-law, Karen of Newton, son, Todd (Penny) McAnulty of Newton, son Barry (Janene) McAnulty of Lee’s Summit, MO, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Donna was preceded in death by her son, Brett, her parents and siblings Ralph, Leona, Don, Jim, and Ina Mae.


A celebration of life will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Newton on Friday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Permanent Endowment Fund, First Presbyterian Church, Newton, KS.

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10 thoughts on “Donna R. McAnulty

  1. My condolences to the McAnulty family. Donna was ways ready for a challenge and a great example for her family, community, PEO sisters, church, and me. Hers was a life well lived.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I have fond memories of her working at Lincoln grade school in the office when I was young. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  3. Mel & family
    We send our condolencies on the loss of Donna and cherish memories of time spent together.

  4. Oh, dear Mel and family. What a loss…to you and to the community. Donna is irreplaceable. A human dynamo, and always in service to others. Our deepest sympathies.

  5. Mel and Family:
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Donna. Blessings to as you celebrate her life and grieve in your loss.
    Grand Central Senior Center

  6. Donna was a one of a kind human being. This is a great loss for all. I loved her wit and her generosity.

  7. Mel and family, Donna played such a big role in my first year of teaching in Newton. (1970) I had Brett that year and was blessed to have some of the best parents a teacher could ever hope for. Mel and Donna were were one of those families. We have lost a wonderful, classy and supportive lady. My prayers are with the family.

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