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Donna Tanner


Donna Marie Tanner, National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary 2006-2007 passed away suddenly May 2, 2020 in Saint Petersburg, FL.
Donna her husband James, son Daniel and grandson Cyrus  all reside in Lynn MA. Her sister Deborah and three children, Ryan, Michael, Timothy, her favorite grand niece Braelynn all from Lynnfield, MA .
She is the daughter of Ed and Barbra Higgins of Americana Cove, Saint Petersburg, FL, grew up in Saugus, MA and graduated Mass College of Liberal Arts, North Adams MA. She has worked for almost 20 years at the Bedford VA  Hospital as the DAV Hospital Service Ride Coordinator. Previously she worked for 25 years as a Bank Branch Manager in Boston.
Donna was always happy and had a smile on her face. She loved being down here with her parents, husband Jim and all the friends she easily made. She would say she led a good life, having an education, working jobs she enjoyed and helping thousands of veterans get rides to their medical appointments.
Donna would say her greatest pleasures of life included being National Commander of the DAV Auxiliary, visiting all 50 states, being with her grandson Cyrus, meeting the President and beating the boys in playing poker on Friday nights.

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  • tim whitson says:

    Hi Jim,
    Shocked and very sad learning about our loss. with all the uncertainty I’m glad just to have a photo of Donna’s smiling face to add to my wall-of-fame (favorite people) here in my man cave, I will miss her big time!

    Hold Steady,
    Tim & Shadow

  • Marc BURGESS says:

    Jim, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Donna was a true patriot that dearly loved her country and those that served it. Donna will be missed by so many, but her legacy of care and concern for veterans will not be forgotten.

  • Donn Belair says:

    Jim So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.
    Donn & Sue Belair

  • Angela Truelson says:

    Jim,
    I have many fond memories of Donna. Both as a child and as an adult. I will cherish all of them and will miss her dearly.
    Love and prayers,
    Angela Ficociello Truelson
    DAVA Braintree #29

  • Pamela S. Strandberg says:

    Hi Jim,

    Very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts. I will keep in touch.

    Pamela S. Strandberg

  • Dan Williams says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to Jim, Barbara, Ed Tanner and the family. She did so much for Veteran’s and their families, she’ll be missed. She resting with our Lord now and prayers for peace and comfort, with the family.

    Dan & Becky

  • Sue wagner says:

    So very sorry for the loss your family is feeling now. You were just great to be around. I could always count on you to make me smile. Nothing was quite as serious once I talked to you.

  • Nancy Castor says:

    All thoughts and prayers to you, Jim and the family. Donna was a phenomenal person who found joy in everyone and everything Take Care

  • Carolyn van Beek-Outwin says:

    Jim, thanks for calling me to let me know Donna had died. She was one of my oldest friends and had been on my mind lately. I’m so sorry to hear this news, but I am heartened to hear she did not suffer.

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