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Donna Rae (Schellhase) Batten

July 19, 1936 ~ November 1, 2021 (age 85)


Donna Rae (Schellhase) Batten of Evansville, IN, passed away at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021, at home.

Donna was born July 19, 1936, in Evansville, IN, to Beatrice Fairchild and Ernst Schellhase. Donna graduated from Central High School in 1954. She met her husband, Wade, as freshmen in home room #179. They were married November 3, 1956, and would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Donna was head teller for Permanent Federal Savings and Loan and later secretary at Nelson Concrete. She retired from Bristol Myers, serving as coordinator of eastern warehouses.

Donna liked to travel. She traveled England, France, China, Hong Kong, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, Brussels, Holland, Mexico and Jamaica. But she really liked to vacation in Florida.

Donna had an incredible memory. She could remember names, birthdates and many events, whether current or long ago (however her husband said she couldn't remember what she had for breakfast!)

Donna, in addition to her husband, is survived by her loving children: Nancy Roark, David Batten (Patti), Diane Buchta, and Michael Batten. Donna loved her grand and greatgrandchildren: Scott Roark (Ebany), McKenzie Greenwood (David), Madi Petrig (Luke), Luke Batten (Lauren), Amanda Eapmon, and Taylor Buchta. Great-grandchildren: Daisy Roark, Baron Roark, Eleanor Greenwood, Jalen McGuire, Niasia McGuire, and Jordan Eapmon. Preceding Donna was grandson, Jacob Batten and great-grandson, Jaeden Eapmon.

A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel — A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue. Cremation Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, in the Nitch by the West Lake, at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, PO Box 7009, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7009.

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November 6, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Boone Funera Home - East Chapel, Washington Avenue

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