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Memorial Gathering

Adams Funeral Home of Ozark
Friday March 4th, 2022
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Donna Hanks

Donna Marie Hanks, age 69, of Springfield, passed away on February 28, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born March 31, 1952 in Albert Lee, Minnesota, the youngest child of Luverne and Helen Larson.


At an early age the family moved to Sparta, Missouri.  Donna was a 1970 graduate of Sparta High School.  She worked for Sparta Bank as her first job.  Before staying home to raise her children, she worked for GMAC.  She was an owner of Hanks Home Center in Ozark working for 20 years and has worked for Mercy Hospital for the past 18 years.


Donna loved traveling, going to the lake, and walking her dog.  Her family meant the world to her, and she tried not to miss any of her grandson’s activities.  She enjoyed having a good time and always was fun to be around.  She enjoyed bunco with friends and just laughing with the group.


Donna was a member of Sparta First Baptist Church, and had attended Ridgecrest Baptist Church since May, 2013.  


The family would like to extend a thank you to so many family members and friends who had been there for Donna during her illness. 


Survivors include:  Her son Dusten Hanks and wife Kari of Ozark; her daughter Dena Kiss and husband Riccardo of Los Angeles, California; her grandson Lucas Hanks; sisters Linda Wallace of Thornfield, and Nancy Gardner and husband Don of Sparta; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Donald, Leo, Charles and Gail Larson, a sister, Charlene Swearengen, and niece Michelle Wallace Nilges.


A memorial visitation will be Friday, March 4, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.  Inurnment will be in Rivermonte Memorials Gardens, Springfield. 

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Sincere condolences from Lynn & Janet Morris, Melissa Sanders, Justin & Tera Sanders, and Mandy(Morris) Gray & husband, Pat.

Lynn & Janet Morris Mar 7 2022 8:08 PM

Donna lived nextdoor to us at Lakes at Wild Horse. We helped her by cutting her grass and she always baked us a cheesecake for holidays and Don's birthday. She was a great neighbor and a good friend. When she moved away we always kept in touch. She will be missed by many. She will always be loved & remembered by us; her nextdoor neighbor.

Donald and Rita Green Mar 3 2022 8:38 PM

Remembering a special childhood neighbor and friend, the "Larsen girls" (Linda, Nancy, Donna) will always be a treasured memory in the hearts of the "Daniels girls" (Ada, Linda, Rita). Growing up as neighbors, spending countless hours together everyday all day, walking, talking, laughing, swimming, and just being free and happy. No cares, no worries, just plain old fashion country fun. After many, many years together, we all grew up letting go of our childhood lives. (Finley River has never been the same since). I am thankful for the relationship we all had while growing up. I will forever remember her for the sweet, fun loving person that she was.
We are so sorry you are experiencing such a great loss to your family. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Linda Newberry & Rita Holt Mar 3 2022 6:30 PM

Thinking of Dusten and Dena and families; sorry!

M Elise Crain Mar 3 2022 3:45 PM

I am so very sorry, Dusten; your mom was a special lady. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

Karen Miller Mar 2 2022 7:55 PM

I am so very sorry to hear of Donna's passing, she and I worked together years ago. She was such a sweet lady, she will be missed ❤️

Kristie Sumner Mar 2 2022 12:08 PM

We're so very sorry to learn of Donna's passing. She is a lovely person with a sweet and friendly personality. We look forward to knowing her better in Heaven someday. We're glad she's enjoying her ageless and pain-free body, a happy reunion with loved ones, and all her other Heavenly rewards. Our thoughts and prayers are with her entire family. May God grant each of you strength, comfort, and peace as you say your temporary goodbyes to your beloved Donna.

Loyd & Connie Todd Mar 1 2022 4:13 PM