Donna Jo McLaughlin
Donna McLaughlin, age 84, of Gatesville, passed away on the evening of May 19, 2020. Graveside services will be held today, Saturday, May 23, 2020, at 11 a.m., at Turnersville Cemetery. The family will receive visitors thirty minutes prior to the service at the cemetery.
Donna was born on May 15, 1936, in Turnersville to the late R.P. and Lucius Martin Williams. She grew up and attended school in Turnersville, graduating with the class of 1954. Donna married Grady McLaughlin on Nov. 12, 1954, in Whitehall. Together they raised four daughters and one son. Donna worked at C.F.I.S.D. in Houston for over 26 years as a cafeteria manager and school lunch lady. In 1996, she and Grady returned to central Texas making Gatesville home. Donna was a member of First Baptist Church of Gatesville. She was also a member of the Exchange Club of Gatesville and loved donating her time at the Boys and Girls Resale Shop. Donna could also be found quilting with a group of ladies at Gatesville’s Senior Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Karen Gail McLaughlin Gunter; son-in-law, Patrick James Ralls; granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Ralls; brother, Robert Thomas “Bob” Williams and his wife, Dorothy; and sister, Vanda LaRue Gardener.
Donna is survived by her husband of 65 years, Grady McLaughlin; daughters, Lisa McLaughlin Ralls, Jean McLaughlin Malone and husband, Tommy, of Houston and Melba McLaughlin McBride and husband, Dan, of Houston; son, Rod McLaughlin of Granbury; brother, Earl Williams; son-in-law, Steve Gunter Sr.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.