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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009
Margie Donovan

Margie Lou Donovan

Saturday, March 12th, 1927 - Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
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Margie Lou Donovan, 92, of Gardner, KS passed away Dec. 18, 2019 at Olathe Hospice House. Visitation will be held 11:30 am followed by the Service at 1:00 pm Sat., Dec. 28, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Gardner, 324 E. Shawnee, Gardner, KS. Private family inurnment follows at Gardner Cemetery, Gardner, Kansas. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, Kansas (913) 856-7111. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Gardner, 324 E. Shawnee, Gardner, Kansas. Condolences may be left at

Margie was born on March 12, 1927 to James William and Bertie Louella (Watkins) Hendricks in Salem, Missouri. As a child of the Great Depression she grew up on a farm where the family did not have much, but they had food and love and faith. She and the family moved to Gardner, Kansas around 1942 when her father took a job at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, originally called Sunflower Ordinance Works, near Desoto, Kansas. She graduated from Gardner High School in 1946. She was married to Ben Donovan from 1946 to 1968. Except for a few years, she worked outside the home in various secretarial and managerial positions until her retirement from IBM, Topeka, KS in 1991. Although she lived for short periods of her life in Pueblo, Colorado, Skagway, Alaska, and Topeka, Kansas, she always considered Gardner home and retired there in 1991. She found her church family at the First Baptist Church of Gardner. She was always active and was a member of the Silver Sneakers Exercise Program in Gardner until she was 90 years old. She kept busy quilting, sewing for family and friends, and doing her own yard work and gardening, but her family was her passion. All her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will miss her smile, her warmth, and her unconditional love.

Margie was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters. She is survived by children: Neila Donovan, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mitchell Donovan, Wellsville, Kansas, Bradley (Robin) Donovan, Lambertville, Michigan, and Tracy (Kim) Donovan, Gardner; 10 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
    First Baptist Church-Gardner
    324 E Shawnee
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Service

    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 1:00pm
    First Baptist Church-Gardner
    324 E Shawnee
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Interment

    Gardner Cemetery
    300 South Poplar Street
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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    Private family inurnment.


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Susan Swalwell

Posted at 02:22pm
My condolences to the Donovan Family. Neila, I just saw this, I am so sorry for your loss.... I really enjoyed working with and getting to know Margie at IBM. She had a giggle that still makes me smile, but she also had a look that would stop a marketing rep in their tracks because they needed yet another last minute revision.

Neila, I hope life has been good to you, I enjoyed working with you and have wondered what you were up to. You were blessed with a wonderful Mother, and I hope that those memories will bring comfort , she was so proud of you!

Love and prayers,

Susan Swalwell (had another last name then....but I don't want to publish it...;)

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Posted at 09:18pm
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Margie was a beautiful lady and will be missed by all who knew her.
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