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Dona Nella Stiles Gaddy

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Dona Nella Stiles Gaddy, 93, of Marshall, died Monday, July 16, 2012, at Big Bend Retreat in Slater.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Campbell Lewis Funeral Home. Mrs. Gaddy's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at First Christian Church, 130 North Jefferson in Marshall. Burial will be at Ridge Park Cemetery, 804 East Yerby St., in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Dona was the daughter of Don Bisby Stiles and Nella Michael Stiles and was born near Princeton, in the farming community of Topsy on Jan. 17, 1919. She attended the state university in Kirksville for a year before attending the University of Missouri School of Nursing where she received her Graduate Nurse degree in 1941.

On Feb. 1, 1941, Dona married Herschel J. Gaddy of Fair Grove, in Armstrong. They had met while both were students at the University.

A resident of Marshall for nearly 70 years, Dona first came to live in Marshall when she was in the University nurses' training and one of her practicum rotations was at the Georgia Brown Blosser Home for Crippled Children. During World War II, Dona and her oldest child, Jeanne, lived in Lawton, Okla., and Kansas City, while Herschel served in the Army in North Africa and Italy. After World War II concluded, the Gaddys moved to Marshall when Herschel became the University of Missouri Extension Youth Agent for Saline County. Soon thereafter, the Gaddys moved to Bethany, where Herschel served Harrison County as an extension agent for the University. In 1949, Dona moved to Marshall for the third time when Herschel became the Saline County University Extension Agent.

The Gaddys purchased a farm North of Marshall, near the community of Norton, in the early 1950s. From then until 1961, Mrs. Gaddy was a homemaker and farmer, selling eggs, preserving foods and working with her husband in diversified farming on their land. She was a 4-H leader in the Saline Rustlers 4-H Club for 15 years, a member of the Chappell Extension Club and a member of Beta Sigma Phi. She and her husband were active members of the Young Farmers Association and Farm Bureau.

Mr. and Mrs. Gaddy were instrumental in organizing and building the Saline County Fair Barbeque as a successful community event. For years, the Gaddys helped prepare the food for the event as well as welcomed attendees while taking tickets.

From 1961 to 1984, Mrs. Gaddy was head nurse of the 60-bed hospital at the Marshall State School and Hospital (now the Habilitation Center). As one of the major administrators she managed a nursing staff of more than 50 in a full-service hospital. At the request of Dean Ruby Potter, Dona served on the Graduate Nurse Advisory Council to the University of Missouri School of Nursing for a number of years.

After her retirement from the Marshall State School and Hospital, Mrs. Gaddy became a member of the Retired Nurses' organization of Marshall, served as a craft booth chairman for the Fitzgibbon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and supported the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In 2002, Mrs. Gaddy contributed two endowed scholarships at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She established the Dona Nell Stiles Gaddy Nursing Scholarship, with preference given to undergraduate or graduate students having graduated from high school in Saline or Mercer counties. She also established the Herschel J. Gaddy Scholarship in Agronomy in memory of her late husband. This scholarship is awarded to Plant Sciences students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, with preference given to students having graduated from high school in Saline or Greene counties.

Mrs. Gaddy was an Inaugural Member of the School of Nursing's Nightingale Society which recognizes contributors of significant gifts. In 2002 at the Nightingale Induction and Nursing School Awards Banquet, she was honored and recognized by Chancellor Brady Deaton and by Dean Rosemary T. Porter for both her endowed scholarship, as well as for being one of the oldest known living graduates of the School of Nursing.

She was a member of the Monticello Society, the benefactors' organization of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Jefferson Club, the campus-wide benefactor's society of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

At her death she was a 50-plus-year member of the Order of Eastern Star Marshall Chapter 408.

Mrs. Gaddy was a member of the First Christian Church in Marshall for more than 60 years and was the last remaining member of the Christian Comrades Class.

Mrs. Gaddy was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and her brother, Harley.

She is survived by her children, Jean Gaddy Wilson, the widow of Rick R. Wilson, Esq., of Marshall; Herschel J. Gaddy II, Ph.D. and his wife, Kris, of St. Joseph; Mary D. Gaddy, M.D., Billings, Mont., and Donald R. Gaddy and his wife, Donna, of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by her brother Bill Stiles and his wife, Mary, of Trenton.

Additionally, Mrs. Gaddy is survived by her grandchildren: Lindsay Wilson and her husband, Paul Koenig, Huntington Beach, Calif., Leigh Wilson of Sedalia, Cassie Melber and her husband, Frank, of Derby, Kan., Herschel J. "Jake" Gaddy III and Michaela Gaddy, both of St. Joseph, Ethan and Evan Gaddy of Houston, Texas. Her great-grandchildren are: Olivia, Isabella and Gabrial Melber of Derby, Kan., and Henry Wilson Koenig of Huntington Beach, Calif.

The family requests that memorials be made to: Dona Stiles Gaddy Scholarship, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Attn: Stephanie Webster, S-249 School of Nursing, Columbia, MO 65211.

Recipients of the Dona Nell Stiles Gaddy Endowed Scholarship are: 2011: Nadia Chernookaya and Pam Jones; 2010: Amber Perez; 2009: Jaclyn Callahan; 2008: Danielle M. Schrader; 2007: Tonya Eddy, Ingrid Hettick; 2006: Erin L. Miller, Alexandria E. Fey; 2005: Katherine M. Kozemczak; 2004: Libby Wekenborg; 2003: Hallie Whitlock; 2002: Libby Wekenborg.

Additional information provided per family recompense.