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Donna M. Bitting, 87, formerly of South Whitley, died at 7:39 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at her home in Goshen.
She was born May 21, 1923 in Wabash County, a daughter of Walter V. and Cleo D. (Hite) Yentes. She attended school in Urbana and graduated from Laketon High School in 1941.
In 1951 she was united in marriage to Ralph Judy. They made their first home in North Manchester, moving to South Whitley in 1953. Mr. Judy died in 1966.
In 1967 she began working at Whitley County Memorial Hospital and in 1969 she moved to Columbia City.
On Sept. 18, 1971 she was united in marriage to Dale O. Bitting. They made their home in Columbia City until October 1977 when they moved to Bradenton, Fla. Mr. Bitting died May 18, 2008.
In 2008 she moved to Goshen to live with her daughter and family.
She attended Zion Chapel in Goshen and was a member of Bayshore Covenant Church in Florida.
Surviving relatives include her daughter, Denise (Richard) Butler of Goshen; two stepdaughters, Roxanne (William) Thomas of Columbia City and Brenda (Craig) Schrader of Coldwater Mich; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harland Yentes and a sister, Helen Betty Yentes.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley with visitation after noontime Saturday at the funeral home. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Zion Chapel.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.