Mildred Donovan, 95, passed away July 8, at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester, where she had been a resident since September 2011.
She was born in Wilkinson, Ind., on Nov. 20, 1917 to John and Evelyn (Cook) Hupp, but lived most of her life in New Castle.
Mildred was a 1935 graduate of New Castle High School and attended Hanover College for two years where she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority and vice president of the sophomore class. In 1939, she graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in education and later earned a master’s degree in business education. She was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1939. She was a beloved business teacher and Junior Class sponsor at New Castle High School for 30 years, retiring in 1978.
Her first marriage was in 1940 to Joseph Fleet, Anderson, and they had one daughter, Susan Beckett, who survives. They were divorced in 1947. She married Frederick J. Donovan “Jack” in 1963 and they were married until his death in 1994. Jack and “Teach” traveled extensively and had wonderful times with many friends and family. Mildred was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church and was a member of the Lady Elks, Woman’s Club, Christian Women’s Fellowship and Henry County Retired Teachers. She was a long-standing member of Tri Kappa Sorority, of which she was past president of the Anderson chapter, and was a member of the active and associate chapters in New Castle. She was the last member of “the bridge club” that formed in high school and continued to play for over 70 years. She loved her family, grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
In addition to her daughter, Susan (Robert) Beckett, Wabash, Mildred is survived by a stepdaughter, Kay (Michael) Frysinger, Celina, Ohio; two grandchildren, Kelley (Brian) Storm, Indianapolis, and Kathryn (Douglas) Smith, Greenwood; five step-grandchildren, Kirk (Jill) Warner; Jon (Deb) Warner; Drew (Jill) Warner; Chris Warner; and Sara (Walt) Custer; 17 great grandchildren and 12 step great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her parents; and a stepson, Patrick Donovan.
Celebration of Life service will be held on July 13 at 3:30 p.m., at Macer-Hall Funeral Home & Cremations Services. Reverend Mandye Yates and Pastor Laura Helm officiating, with a calling 2 hours prior to service. Burial followed in South Mound Cemetery in New Castle.
Memorial donations may be made to: Henry County Community Foundation (700 South Memorial Drive, New Castle, Ind. 47362), The First Christian Church (2000 Bundy Avenue, New Castle, Ind. 47362), or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Mildred will be remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend.
Online condolences may be made at www.macerhall.com
Macer-Hall Funeral Directors Sam Hall, Gary Hall, and Mike Ragan are honored to conduct the services.