Donna Ewell Lagasse of Hopeton

January 12, 2020
Donna Lee Ewell Lagasse

Donna Lee Ewell Lagasse, 76, wife of the late Thomas Earl “Tom” Lagasse and a resident of Hopeton, VA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 11, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Born March 22, 1943 in Nassawadox, VA, she was a daughter of the late Sewell David Ewell and Ellie Justis Ewell.

Donna worked as a cashier at Food Lion, always greeting customers with her sweet smile and kind words. As a longtime member of St. Thomas United Methodist Church, she loved the Lord and remained grateful for the strength she found in her faith. Throughout her life family was always first, and nothing brought her greater joy than a house filled with her favorite people – sharing a meal and lots of laughter, enjoying the giggles from her grandbabies, spending quality time…making precious memories. Donna was a gentle, selfless, thoughtful, caring, bright shining light, who graciously shared the love in her heart with everyone she encountered.

She is survived by her daughter, Sherry B. Barrett and husband Ike of Hopeton; sisters, Catherine Kromer of Hopeton and Mary Ellen “Mernie” Ewell of Parksley, VA; companion and dear friend, Millard F. Berry; son-in-law, Johnny Edwards; stepchildren, Thomas “Tommy” Lagasse, Jr. and Wendy Nault; grandchildren, Richard “Rick” Bailey, Jr., Nicole DeCarlo and husband Bryan, Cody Bailey, Christina Berry and husband Thomas “Beef,” Lindsey Savage and husband Jared, Bailey Edwards, and Dana Tapman and husband Billy; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Caleb, Hailey, Parker, Austin, Jace, Gunner, Gage, Gracelynn, and Brody; father of her children, Paige Woodrow Bailey; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless friends. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Kimberly Bailey Edwards; son, Richard Dean “Ricky” Bailey, Sr.; and great-grandson, Brayden Berry, all with whom she is happily reunited.

Funeral services will be conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., with Pastor Hyeon Ho Lee officiating. Interment will follow in the Parksley Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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Contributions in Donna’s memory may be made to St. Thomas United Methodist Church, 25460 Shoremain Drive, Bloxom, VA  23308, or to Intrepid Hospice, 165 Market Street, Suite A, Onancock, VA 23417.

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Arrangements by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.


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