Norma Joan Donaldson

Norma Joan Donaldson, 77, of Waco, passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at her residence.

Graveside Service: 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2020 at Wortham Bend Cemetery in China Spring with Pastor Amos Humphries officiating

Norma Joan Donaldson, 77, of Waco, passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, May 19, 2020 with her family at her side.

Joan was born June 30, 1942 at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco to Clem T. Bryant and Mary Elizabeth Hanna Bryant.

She married Bill G. Donaldson on October 19, 1962. Joan was a member of Park Lake Drive Baptist Church and served as the sexton of Wortham Bend Cemetery since 1988. During her working career, Joan was employed as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell, a US Mail Carrier and also was a licensed real estate agent. She also worked for the McLennan County Judge and County Commissioners.

Joan was credited with starting the neighborhood watch program in her neighborhood. Later in life, she loved playing BINGO in general and most recently with all of her friends at Lakeshore Estates.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Kelly Bryant Donaldson: her parents, Clem & Mary Bryant; in-laws, Curtis & Ruby Donaldson; brother-in-law Danny Havis; and daughter-in-law, Robin Donaldson

Joan is survived by her husband, Bill G. Donaldson; daughters, Kim Jernigan and husband, Richard, Micah Kroll and husband, Steve; sons, Kyle Donaldson and wife, Chrissy, Curt Donaldson and Mark Donaldson and wife, Debbie; sisters, Joyce Yates and husband, Sam and Lucy Havis; grandchildren, Chris, Caleb, Lindsay, Destiny, Ben, Zach, Bill Cody, Kelly and Tyler; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Patricia, Denise and Leticia with Love And Care Home Health, Baylor Scott & White Hospice and Dr. Michael Loden.

Pallbearer will be grandsons, Caleb, Ben and Tyler Donaldson, Zach Reinke, Bill Cody and Kelly Kroll.

Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews, Neal, Allen and Robert Shows and Norman Frey.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Wortham Bend Cemetery Association in Joan’s memory,  PO Box 27, China Spring, TX 76633 or to the American Parkinson Disease Association.


Place of Service: Wortham Bend Cemetery , 614 Oak Grove Loop; China Spring, TX 76633

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  1. Jeanette Bone and Wilda Hurst.(Stanford)

    So very sorry for your loss. We were raised in Wortham Bend as neighbors. She was a precious friend even tho we did not keep in touch. May God hold you close in His loving arms. Prayers for all of you at this difficult time

  2. Connie Balch Palmer

    Heaven gained a beautiful angel. My heart is broken for my extended family left here on earth to mourn her loss. Joan was like a second mom to me and I will always cherish all the happy memories our families have shared over the many years. Rest in Peace beautiful lady. You will always be loved and missed.
    Connie Balch Palmer

  3. James & Shirley Burroughs

    Bill, through the years we have appreciated you and Joan as special friends. We remember Joan to always make a funny comment that caused all of us to laugh and recognize her sense of humor. Joan has truly fought the good fight and had overcome many challenges in her life. We are truly sorry her journey on earth has come to an end, but her legacy will live on through you and your children and their families. I our hope and prayer is that God will comfort you and give you peace during this most difficult time.

  4. Baylor Scott & White Hospice

    The Baylor Scott & White Hospice team would like to offer our deepest sympathy. Thank you for allowing us to care for Mrs. Donaldson and please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. im sorry for your loss.

    sue(johnson) miller

  6. Denise Stafford

    My dear Sweetie. You were the joy in my day, Always happy. Your fashion style was your signature To top it all with your matching. Jewelry….. Beautiful smile and always a. Kind word for anybody you met… I will never forget you .IT WAS MY HONOUR TO CARE FOR YOU AND TO FEEL LIKE PART OF YOUR SWEET FAMILY. LOVE DENISE STAFFORD

  7. There are no words that can ease the sorrow you feel. Joan always had a smile on her face and so sweet and fun. Joan will be missed by all those that knew and loved her. I will continue to pray for all of you.

  8. Bill and family, I’m sorry about Joan. May the Lord wrap his arms around all of you and be with you during this difficult time. Love to all of you. Blessings.

  9. Phyllis Shows

    Heaven received an angel! Aunt Joan was one of a kind and loved life and lived to the fullest with her fun filled spirit. She always had the best and funniest stories, giggling the whole time she told them. What an amazing woman who was always there to help when you needed it. With great sadness she will be missed by so many but happy memories live on. Prayers for comfort during this time of mourning. I love you Aunt Joanie!

  10. J.O. and Jayne Mann

    Bill, J.O. and I are grief stricken to hear of Joan’s passing. And please know that although we can’t be there right now our hearts and prayers are never far away. Although we haven’t seen our Waco bunch for a long time, we ‘ve never stopped caring about everyone we love in that part of Texas. And you and Joan were always high on that list. May God bless you and give you and your family strength as you go through this sad, sad time.

  11. Kim, Micah and all of your family,
    I am so saddened to hear of Joan passing. I have a lifetime of memories with so many of y’all and her. She was so precious and funny! Lifting you all up in prayer for peace and comfort as you mourn the loss of such a wonderful woman. I love y’all.

  12. Bobby and Sue Hopper

    We are sorry for your loss. We have many good special memories of Joan. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. I am so sorry to read about your loss. I grew up across the street on North 24th. It is always sad to read of someone passing that you grew up respecting. I pray that your healing will be speedy and you will soon find relief in the warmth of a life well lived. Curt; hope to see you soon at the Y. God Blessings always… God bless the USA

  14. Jack & Linda Henry

    Micah. Steve, Kelly & BC,
    So sad to hear the news of your Mom, Mother in Law and Grandmother. I can only imagine she’s having a joyful reunion with those that left before her. That was a great picture of her in the paper. Prayers are headed your way.

  15. Bill & Family, am so very sorry to hear about Joan. Was just at Wortham Bend cemetery 2 weeks ago & spoke highly of Joan showing me the grave of the young man killed by Quantrill. She was very active in all aspects of life. God bless your family at this time. My best to you & Curt, hope you are well.
    Joe Mashek

  16. Jim and Marie Pitts

    Bill and Family,

    So saddened to learn of Joan’s passing. You will be in our prayers as you make this huge adjustment in your lives. May God grant peace, comfort, and understanding in the coming days. Marie and I extend our deepest sympathies.

  17. Dear Bill & family,
    Larry & I send our heart felt condolences to all of
    You. It was our joy to know her & call her friend.
    May the Lord give you the strength you need for each day.
    Love Penny

  18. I am so sorry for your loss. Just know that your family is in our prayers . Our hearts hurt with you.

  19. Micah, I remember you from North Jr High. I was a teacher there. Condolences to you and your family.

  20. Debbie Snyder

    Kyle, Chrissy and Tyler
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom.

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