Estelle (Heavy) Maxine (Lightner) Donelson

February 1, 1928 ~ January 7, 2022 (age 93)


           Estelle “Heavy” Maxine Lightner Donelson, 93, of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away peacefully Friday, January 7, 2022, at her daughter’s home under the care of her family and St. Luke’s Hospice.

          Heavy was born February 1, 1928, in Chillicothe, Missouri to parents, James Edward and Blanche Arvilla Burkett Lightner. She attended Chillicothe High School. Heavy married Jackie “Jack” Franklin Donelson on March 16, 1946, in Olathe, Kansas.

          Heavy worked several years as a waitress but her main career was taking care of her family. She liked listening to old-time county music, reading romance novels, and watching the Hallmark Chanel.

          Heavy is survived by her daughter, Diana (Edward) Boyd of Chillicothe, Missouri; grandchildren, Christy (Kelly) Cunningham of Lewis, Iowa; Chad (Megan) Boyd, San Diego, California; great-grandchildren, Joshua (fiancée Abby) Cunningham of Tennessee; Jessica (Dan) Olsen, of Iowa; Naya Boyd of California; great-great-grandchildren, Abby, Lane, Jonah, and Gabe. Sisters, Helen “Annie” DeWitt of Nebraska; Judy (Richard) Wilson of Chillicothe; several nieces and nephews.  

          She was proceeded in death by her parents James and Blanche Lightner; husband, Jack Donelson; siblings, Roy “Buck”, Betty “Peg”, Norma Jean “Deanie”, Delores “Poogie”, Dotti, Bill, Jack, James, and Patricia.

          Services will take place at a later date.

          Memorials in honor of Heavy can be made to the Children's Mercy Hospital or Wheeling Cemetery and may be mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601.

          Arrangements are under the care of Heritage Funeral Home.

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