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Donna Jean Phillips

Donna Jean Phillips (nee Johnson), 72, of Lorain, Ohio passed away Friday, May 6, 2022, at Avon Place Nursing Home of complications from diabetes and kidney disease. 

Born December 17, 1949, to parents Jean and Donald Johnson, she was a life-long resident of Lorain.  Donna is survived by her brother, Donald Allen; adored nephew, Christopher Allen and Christopher’s wife Dana Marie; nephews, Tristan, Bryson, and Jase all residents of Alabama. 

She was preceded in death by her ex-husband and dear friend, Stanley Phillips; and her beloved daughter, Dawn Marie.  Donna graduated from Lorain High School in 1967 and received an associate degree from Lorain County Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin Wallace College. 

Donna worked at Lorain National Bank during her high school years and ultimately worked her way through the banking system to become a vice-president in bank secrecy and operations.  After over 40 years with Lorain National Bank, Donna became an employee of Key Corp. where she had a successful career until her retirement in 2019.

Donna was blessed with many friends over the years who delighted in her zest for life and contagious laugh.  She was known as an avid shopper and is donating her large collection of shoes, clothes and purses to Dress for Success and the LCCC Commodore Career Closet.  Donna was both a business and civic leader in Lorain County and was deeply involved in the Lorain County Chamber, Junior Achievement, United Way, American Institute of Banking (past president), Lorain County Historical Society, Palace Theater, and a member of the United Methodist Church.  She was known as an organizer and leader in all of the above organizations.

Special thanks to her long-time friend, Nancy Sarlie, who traveled from Nevada to be her caretaker for three weeks of her illness, long-time friends Donnie and Troy from Dayton and to her good friend Jerry who was her support system in her final days.

The family will announce a celebration of life at a later date.  The arrangements are being handled by Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain.  The family suggests that memorial contributions in memory of Donna can be made to the Lorain County Community College Foundation in honor of Dawn Marie Phillips.  Donna passed with grace and dignity AND as always, she did it her way

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Just found out that Donna Jean passed away - i think i talked to her a couple days before her passing. She was my Avon contact. We'd meet up to get the books after she retired from Key. I'm so glad that her outfits are being donated - she was class all the way to her shoes - impeccable dresser. Will miss our conversations and that laugh. May she rest in peace.

Linda Russell Jun 14 2022 8:39 AM

I am saddened by the news of Donna Jean's passing. I briefly worked with her at KeyBank. She was always very sweet and kind. My thoughts and prayers to her family and loved ones. May God rest her soul in peace!!

Priyank Patel May 31 2022 9:11 AM

I am so sad at hearing of Donna's passing. Donna was always pleasant and warm when we had occasion to see each other. She and her friend stopped at my booth at an arts and crafts show in Avon and we talked in length about jewelry, which she loved. Every time I see clip earrings or components for them, I fondly think of Donna. She was a sweet soul and had quite an accomplished career. May God rest your soul, Donna Jean.

Jan Bender May 25 2022 3:06 PM

I worked with Donna many years at LNB. She was a wonderful lady and will be deeply missed. Love and prayers to her family.

Renee Neal May 23 2022 10:29 AM

I was heartbroken to read in this morning\'s Chronicle-Telegram that Donna had passed away. Long ago, in the fall of 1991, I taught a semester of English composition at Lorain County Community College. Donna was in my class, and she was a stellar student—the best in the entire class, really. I remember her with great admiration, I mourn her passing, and I send my condolences to her family and friends.

Marci Rich May 22 2022 4:21 PM

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Marci (Janas) Rich May 22 2022 4:08 PM

So sad to hear of Donna Jeans Passing. She was my neighbor growing up, she knew me since I was a baby. I remember her and Dawn would SCREAM and argue at each other during the day and you could hear it all the way across the street! I also remember going into her house and it was like i was transported back to a 1980s department store! It was too cool! Every time she went to work she would always dress to the 9s. She ALWAYS called me 'honey'. Like it was weird if she called me by my first name. Too sad to hear of her passing :(

Fond Neighbor May 21 2022 10:05 PM

I'm ever so sorry to hear of your loss. We have lived across the street from Donna Jean for over 30 years. I will miss her, she was a great neighbor

Laurie L Dore May 20 2022 5:27 AM