Donna L. Commons, 78, Hays, died Saturday, July 28, 2018, at her home.

She was born November 20, 1939, in Baxter Springs to Randolph and Nola (Turrentine) Commons.

She was a lifetime educator. She served in all capacities from teaching Kindergarteners to college students. She held different positions from administrative, secretarial to becoming a principal and a professor. Her passion for teaching impacted many students throughout her career. Among teaching, she had a love for the arts. She had collected many different forms of art.

Survivors include two sons, Dustin and Doug Boshart, both of Hays; and a brother, Randy Commons and wife, Sue, Baxter Springs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Kenny and Tom Commons.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

Additional visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Derfeldt’s Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs. Cremation will follow after visitation with inurnment taking place a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Susan G. Komen Foundation, Dept. 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265 or to the funeral home.

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