Donna Lauren Myers

We are so sad to announce the passing of Donna Lauren Myers, 74, of Newport News, Virginia.  Donna closed her eyes at 4:10 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2023, in her home surrounded by family and friends and awoke in the arms of Jesus.

Donna was a native of Newport News and a member of First Baptist Church.  She graduated from Ferguson High School and continued her education at James Madison University, completing both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Music Education.  Donna taught for several years in Page County and Isle of Wight County schools.  She had a deep love and appreciation for all types of music and loved mentoring her students.  She played French Horn and piano and so loved being a Band Director.

She was often contacted by former students thanking her for encouraging their love of music.

Donna was a natural teacher and leader and was at her best standing in front of a classroom, teaching music or career counseling workshops.  Anyone who knew her knows she was never at a loss for words.  Donna left teaching and joined Peninsula Worklink, where she retired in 2016.

Donna was predeceased by both her parents and her only sibling, Billy Myers.  She leaves many to cherish her love and share memories of this special lady who loved the beach, music, dancing and her Washington Redskins.

Donna was a devoted aunt to Daniel Myers and his daughter, Samantha, and niece Victoria Irving and her children Chris (Valerie and C.J.), Kevin, and Lynn.  She has left behind many cherished friends, including Brenda Collins, Maggie Vaughan, Angela Harris, Kay Hogan, and Meg Parker.

To respect and honor Donna’s wishes, she was cremated, and there will be no service.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.



    I am so very sorry for your loss. At work, Donna and I shared so much time together. I loved her sense of humor and her concern for her co-workers. She was so proud of her family, friends, home and church. We sat together on 9/11 in the Resource Center (where she loved to help people at the VEC in Newport News) watching the tragedy with other shocked coworkers. I could tell many other stories of her great cooking, her generous spirit, her humor and wit, her ability to break out in remarkable song and dance…greatly entertaining us…the list goes on. For now I’ll say a sad and heartfelt goodbye. Donna has surely joined her loved ones and sings songs of pure joy with the heavenly angels (she may even have taken on the Choir Director position!). Rest in peace, dear friend… Until We Meet Again!

  2. Gail Nemeckay

    Even though we weren’t related by blood, Donna was a member of our family in every other sense of the word. She shared in our joys and in our celebrations and grieved with us in our times of sadness and loss. Now, together, we grieve her loss. But, we celebrate the fact that she is no longer in pain, no longer suffering; but enjoying eternal life in the arms of our Savior!

  3. Lisa Taylor

    Truly sorry and very sad to hear of Donna’s passing. She was such a great joy to work with! She was funny, kind, always wanted to help clients and her co-workers. She had a true kindness caring nature. She will be very much missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and her dear friends! I know she will be in heaven cheering for her beloved Redskins!

  4. Ramona Sullivan Mann

    Donna was such a kind, warm and funny lady! She will truly be missed, but memories of her will live on in our hearts forever.

  5. Lisa Marston Johnson

    Donna was my sister, part of our family. She really cared for the people in her life. Donna loved music, football, cooking and especially loved the holidays. I will remember her sense of style, she was always impeccably dressed. Donna was there for me many times when I needed her. I’m grateful I was able to be with her in her time of need. I know she is in heaven. That brings us comfort, she is resting in peace.

  6. Virginia M Shear

    I am saddened and in shock at Donna’s passing. We were roommates at JMU and remained in contact over the years. I had not heard from her over the last few weeks and have been seeking information.

  7. Wanda Boulden White

    I worked with Donna at the Workforce Center and she was a wonderful friend and co-worker. I remember her going to my son’s kindergarten graduation. She was such a caring person. She worked hard to assist the customers to help make their lives better. Donna fought a good fight, she finished her race, She kept the faith. She is and will always be remembered. Rest well Donna until we meet again!

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