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Donna Jean Stair
Donna Jean Stair, age 87, of Wadsworth, was called Home to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at the Apostolic Christian Village following a brief battle with cancer.
She was born in Holmes County, OH on July 22, 1934 to the late Russell and Vera (Hamlin) Martin. On May 12, 1956, she married H. Dwight Stair, who survives.
She was a homemaker most of her life and worked at Ann’s Pastry Shop and Barlett-Cook Flower Shoppe after her children were grown. She was a long standing member of the Grace Church of Norton where she taught Sunday School to multiple generations of children and served wherever needed. Donna’s life priorities were her faith in Jesus Christ and the importance of her family.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Frederick (Linda) Stair of Hartville and Richard (Penny) Stair of Bath Township, her five grandchildren, Nathanael (Ashley) Stair of Canal Fulton, Rachel (Lee) Barnhouse of Uniontown, Micah (Jacqui) Stair of Hartville, Jessica (Chad) Jorza of North Canton, and Corbin Stair of Richfield, her 10 great grandchildren, her brother, Earl (Terrie) Martin of Wooster and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings Wanda Martin, William Martin, Ruby Miller and Raymond Martin.
The family will greet friends at Grace Church of Norton, 3970 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton, Ohio 44203 on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 1 p.m., with a Celebration of Life service to begin at 2 p.m. with Pastor Daniel Gregory officiating and Pastor Robert Combs assisting. She will be interred at the Mohican Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Lattasburg, OH in a private ceremony prior to the service.
Due to Covid-19, we request that those attending the service practice social distancing; masks are optional but strongly recommended.
For those interested, in lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Donna may be made to the Grace Church of Norton, 3970 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton, Ohio 44203.
You are invited to mooreffh.com to view Donna's tribute wall and offer condolences and share memories.
Mrs. Stair was such a wonderful lady of God. She taught all 4 of our children in Powerkids. Her example was an inspiration. Sending Peace and Love to the family.
Kelly &Paul Blair Feb 4 2022 10:48 AM
In God's loving arms now, celebrating with my Mom, her sister Ruby. Aunt Donna was a very special lady. Kind, loving, compassionate, a wonderful Christian, a great Mother,Aunt and friend to many. Sympathy and prayers to Uncle Dwight, Fred, Rick & their beautiful families. God bless you and keep you during hhis time . She will be missed dearly.
Cindy Courson Feb 4 2022 10:31 AM
Mrs. Stair taught all 4 of my children in Powerkids. She was such a gentle soul. My husband and I taught in Powerkids as well, and she was always an inspiration. I am sure she is loving Paradise today. Sending Live and Peace to the family.
Kelly Blair Feb 3 2022 4:32 PM
We have fond memories as your neighbors on Simcox St. Sympathies to Dwight, Rick & Fred.
Andy & Irene Graham Feb 2 2022 10:04 AM
I had the privilege of spending the summer of 1992 in Norton and working as an intern at the church. I lived with Bob and Julie Combs and enjoyed a lot of time with the staff there. One was a rather new addition, Dwight Stair, after a long career in executive finance. Dwight and Donna were wonderfully welcoming to the new kid. They were models of integrity and sacrifice. We enjoyed many conversations that summer and in the years since. Donna was a hospitable, engaging, and other-centered person. Heaven is a richer place. Sympathies to Dwight, Rick and Fred, and the extended family.
Mike Yoder Jan 31 2022 9:42 AM
Donna was such a great testimony of God's love and she showed it to everyone she met. So many of our kids grew up feeling loved by her in our church. Praying for comfort for all of her family. She will be missed.
Roger and Carla Owen Jan 31 2022 7:48 AM
Donna was a dear encourager and cheerleader to me in ministry with Power Kids. When she couldn't teach she was letting me know that she was praying. And she made Jesus make sense to countless kids. I appreciate her heart for kids to know God. I want to grow up and be like Mrs Stair - like Jesus!
Shari Jones Jan 31 2022 4:03 AM
A wonderful woman of God.
Beverly Krahl Jan 30 2022 8:57 PM
Donna always was the bright spot in my day any time I saw her. She was so full of joy and she engaged everyone she greeted. Though I haven't seen her in several years, I'll miss knowing that she's still around. My thoughts and prayers are with Dwight and the rest of the family.
Jenni Rodgers (Brannan) Jan 30 2022 8:42 PM