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Donna Barrett

May 12, 1934 — February 2, 2024


Donna Barrett

Donna Barrett

Scotts, MI

Donna was born in Waltham, MA on May 12, 1934 to Marjorie and Reginald Webster.

She graduated from Waltham High School and Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.

Donna was married in 1956 to Paul B Barrett and they moved to Kalamazoo, MI where she began her teaching career at McKinley Elementary until 1964. In 1979, she resumed her love of teaching in Vicksburg, MI at Tobey, Indian Lake and then retiring from second grade at Sunset Elementary School in 1996. Donna was a member of the Michigan Retired Teachers Association and Kalamazoo County Retired Teachers Association.

Donna and her family loved being residents of Indian Lake, enjoying boating, swimming and skiing. She loved sharing the lake with family, neighbors, and friends and even hosted a few New England lobster and clam bakes. Donna loved when the 4th of July boat parade rolled around as she and her creative neighbors went all out decorating the boats and themselves. You can even find a few winning plaques for most original hanging in many of their homes. Donna loved to read and write poetry, and became a published author in her retirement years, but her most prized title was Nana to her granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her dear husband, Paul; her siblings: Jeanne Falzone of Waltham, MA, Bruce Webster, Santa Cruz, CA and Lee Webster, Excelsior, MN.

Her loving survivors include her three children: Kelly Grody of Scotts, Kevin Barrett of Vicksburg, Eric Barrett of Scotts; two granddaughters and a grandson in law: Salem and Jordan Perks of Pinckney, McKenna Grody of Kalamazoo; two sisters in law: Cheryl Webster of Excelsior, MN, Nancy Barrett, the Villages, FL, and many nieces and nephews that were very special to her. Donna also had 2 very special groups of friends, the S.H.Bs and the “Laugha, Dealta, Buys” .  She went on many trips, wrote special song lyrics for them and orchestrated many memorable adventures!

Cremation has taken place and a private committal service will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date. A memorial service will be offered on Saturday, March 16, 2024, 11a-12p at Saint Andrew Community Church, 3631 Covington Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49001, Pastor Jim Dyke officiating. There will be time after for reminiscing and a light lunch.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be directed to Generous Hands, Vicksburg, or Branch Adventures, Saranac in her honor. 

While visiting Donna’s webpage at please sign the guestbook and/or share a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; 409 S. Main Street Vicksburg, MI 49097 (269-649-1697).

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