Donna Gayle Keiser Andes

August 16, 1953 - May 16, 2023

Donna Gayle Keiser Andes, 69, of Staunton, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at her home with her husband by her side. She had been in declining health for the past few years.

She was born on August 16, 1953 and was a daughter of the late Owen and Marceline (Root) Keiser.

Donna had worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Halls Transport in Verona. She was a member of Spring Hill Presbyterian Church. Donna was an avid reader and had a great affection for their cats and dogs over the years. She loved visiting the mountains of Highland County and West Virginia. Donna and Fred enjoyed drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway and in Shenandoah National Park. She enjoyed going to the Keiser family reunions near Crew, VA. She was a devoted caregiver to her mother, aunts and uncles.

Donna and Fred were united in marriage on October 21, 1972, and lovingly cared for each other for over 50 years.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sisters-in-law, Sharon Leaman and Pam Bowman and husband Mark; brother-in-law, Steve Andes and wife, Ginny; several cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Nancy Hanger and husband Donnie; and brother-in-law, Daniel Leaman.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Johnson Funeral and Cremation Service in Grottoes.

A graveside service celebrating Donna's life will be held on Sunday, May 21st at 3 PM at Pleasant View Lutheran Church Cemetery in Staunton, with Pastor Steve Swartzenbruber officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, or the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, PO Box 937, Verona, VA 24482 or Legacy Hospice, 2322 Blue Stone Hills Dr., Suite 220, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

The family wishes to thank Legacy Hospice for the great care an support shown to them the past few weeks, especially, Diane, Sarah and Angela. They would also like to thank Augusta Nursing and Rehabilitation for their care and support.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson Funeral and Cremation Service in Grottoes, Virginia.