Donna was born to George Shipers and Shirley Cunningham at Hand hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa January 16th at 5:45 pm. Donna went to the Shenandoah community high school with the graduating class of 1974. She grew up on 9th Avenue with several brothers and sisters. She was a rambunctious kid who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Donna is preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Cunningham; her father, George Shipers; husband, Paul Cheeves; sister, Jodi Lynn Matheny; brother-in-law, Donnie Fletcher and sister-in-law, Donna Cunningham; and other family members.
Survivors include her 3 children, Christopher Woodard and wife Amanda and 6 grandchildren of Milwaukee Wisconsin; Caryn Cunningham and 1 grandchild and 3 great grandchildren of Shenandoah, Iowa; Byron Garrsion and wife Jennifer and 2 grandchildren of Taylorville, Illinois; sisters, Barb Nelson of Shenandoah, IA; Kent Cunningham of Coin, IA; James Cunningham and wife Karen of Farrugut, IA; Marlene Fletcher of Clarinda, IA; Linda Hullman and Husband Bruce of Shenandoah, IA; David Balain and wife Sueann of Florida; Bryan Cunningham and wife Annette of Shenandoah, IA; Walter Cunningham of Shenandoah IA; Aunt Evelyn Lormior of Shenandoah, IA; 2 step-children; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.
Donna lived and Tennessee for the majority of her adult life, and had been a truck driver. She was employed by White Castle and worked as a waitress where she enjoyed helping people and meeting new people from all over the United States. Donna enjoyed camping and spent many of her youthful summers at Lake of 3 Fires in Taylor county, Iowa with her brothers and sisters. She attended church at the United Cristian Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. Donna spent countless hours as a teenager learning different make-up techniques and hair styles and used her sisters as models. Donna canned fruits and vegetables with her family every year from the family garden. She loved to sing and enjoyed rock music. Donna also enjoyed mystery novels and TV shows, sewing and animals. She loved jokes and anything that made her laugh. Donna will be remembered and missed by family and friends.