Donna Marie Tillett was born on July 24, 1942 on her family farm south of Vesper, KS to her parents Lillian and William Feldkamp. She passed away December 24, 2021 in Salina, KS at the age of 79.
Donna spent the majority of her life in Vesper, KS, but went to college at Brown Mackie in Salina. While living with her sister, May (Feldkamp) Tenofsky, Donna met her husband, Carl Tillett from Cambridge, OH while he was stationed at Schilling Air Force Base. They had a son, Danny Tillett, and a daughter, Dorie (Tillett) Falcon and raised their family in Vesper.
Donna was a homemaker for the first part of her marriage. Later on, she painted houses, inside and out, throughout Lincoln County. Then, Donna became a driver for Lincoln Schools and drove to Beloit and also worked as a para. She was a para for 20 years in Beloit. She loved her students and coworkers, but perhaps she loved the classroom therapy dog, Edgar, most. Donna also enjoyed walking, gardening, canning, and playing sports with her grandchildren. She would throw a Frisbee or bean bag, toss a wiffle ball, and shoot a basketball any chance she could get with her grands and great grands. Donna loved to play golf with her brother, Darrell Feldkamp at the Lincoln golf course. She made amazing quilts that she shared with her family and spent hours every day working on her puzzle books. Her very favorite thing to do was to spend time with her family and helping everyone. She was always ready to play a game of cards! No one could have adored her grandkids and great grandkids more than her. She was an amazing ‘GG’ and played with cars, did puzzles, read books, and sang songs with the kids every chance she had!
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lillian Feldkamp; son, Danny Tillett; husband, Carl Tillett; brother, Darrell Feldkamp; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dorie and Todd Falcon of Salina; grandchildren, Andrew and wife Montse Falcon of Salina, Courtney Falcon of Salina, Brittney Falcon of Topeka, KS, and Brandon Falcon of Salina; great grandchildren, Luna, Trent, and Tate Falcon (children of Andrew & Montse Falcon); siblings, Larry Feldkamp (Jeanette) of Vesper, Adis Wacker of Lincoln, Carol Feldkamp (Louise) of Lincoln, and May Tenofsky (Art) of Wichita, KS; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family is planning a viewing for friends on Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life service is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Lincoln United Methodist Church, 216 N 4th Street, Lincoln, KS. Memorials can be made to the Lincoln United Methodist Church in care of Hall Chapel, PO Box 37, Lincoln, KS 67455.