Donna Claire Morningstar Healey

Published 6:05 pm Monday, February 22, 2016

Donna Claire Morningstar Healey passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Riverside Regional Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  

Donna was born in York, Penn. on Nov. 8, 1933 the only child of Arthur and Jeane Gemmill Morningstar.  She graduated from York High School in 1951 where she was active in a number of scholastic, civic and religious activities.  During her senior year she was chosen Honor Queen of Job’s Daughters, a Masonic organization. Also in 1951, she entered the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, graduating in 1954 as a registered nurse. Donna worked at the university hospital for two years before returning to York in 1956, declining a job offer from Pan American Airways as a flight attendant. (Pan Am wanted qualified nurses on their overseas flights) After working at a private clinic in York, Donna joined the York City School System as a school nurse in 1959, retiring in 1993. While working as a school nurse, Donna received her BS in public health from Millersville University (Penn.) and nearly completed requirements for a MS in the same field. She married C. Jackson (Jack) Matthews in August of 1959. After his passing in 1998, she married Roger Healey, a mutual friend, who had recently lost his wife. They enjoyed a number of delightful years together hiking, biking, camping, boating and traveling in the U.S. and abroad until her cancer intervened.

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Donna was intelligent, kind and generous, possessing a great sense of style, which augmented her good looks. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was a clever mimic.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Roger Healey, a host of friends, a special cousin, Patti Larsen Conway of Des Moines, Iowa, and her wonder dog, Einstein.

Donna’s husband and friends would like to thank the doctors and staff of Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Oncological Associates, Riverside Regional Medical Center, James River Family Practice and Home Sweet Home Health Care, as well as special friend, Mark Chandler, whose help was invaluable once Donna could no longer walk. All of these individuals and organizations did their utmost to extend Donna’s life and make her last days as pleasant as possible.

A memorial service celebrating Donna’s life will be held in York, Penn. at a time to be determined. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or any charity benefitting animals.
Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, Smithfield, Isle of Wight and the surrounding communities.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at www.colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.