Donna Hood – UPDATED


Memorial Services for 91-year old Donna Hood of Rushville, NE, are Friday, May 3, 2024 at 10:00 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rushville. 

Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Rushville following the service.

The family invites everyone to join them for lunch at the American Legion in Rushville following the burial service.

A memorial has been established for St Paul’s Lutheran Church of Rushville or Gordon Memorial Hospital. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.

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Donna Lou Hood née Myers was born August 19, 1932  in Rushville to Roy and Edna Myers. She died April 29, 2024 at Gordon Memorial Hospital in Gordon surrounded by her family, following a short illness. 

 Donna married Kenneth Hood at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rushville on June 19, 1955. The couple lived in rural Alliance, NE, for 15 years prior to returning to Rushville in November of 1969.

A graduate of Rushville High School, Donna taught at several rural schools prior to marriage. A lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rushville, Donna served in the Ladies Aid and many other church related activities. Also an avid reader, Donna always had a book and her daily devotions queued up on her Kindle.

Out of all the memberships, activities and groups Donna was involved with, her favorite role was being called ‘grandma’. A loving grandmother, her six grandkids have countless fond memories including cooking their favorite dishes and tending a large garden with her. Donna was her grandkids’ number one fan and biggest supporter. She was often found attending sporting events, dance recitals, and 4-H activities. Many photos of her grandkids filled spaces throughout her house.

Survivors include two daughters Alice (David) Otte of Gordon and Rhonda (Jim) Seybert of Arroyo Grande (CA); one son Neal (Cathy) Hood of Gordon; her six grandchildren Aaron Otte of Idaho Springs (CO), Noelle Seybert of Denver (CO), Kayla Otte of Denver, Taylor Hood of Rushville, Samuel Hood of Gordon, and Matthew Hood of Gordon.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Hood, her parents Roy and Edna Myers, and her siblings Eleanor Moore, and Kenneth Myers.

Pallbearers will be Donna’s six grandchildren: Aaron, Noelle, Kayla, Taylor, Samuel, and Matthew.

Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home of Gordon is in charge of arrangements for Donna Hood.