- September 13, 1943 - October 8, 2012
- Iowa City, Iowa
of Linda's Passing
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“In 2003 I struck up an email friendship with Linda via her site www.karenblixen.com. This week, as part of a prospective writing project, I am...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Sharon Jensen Zlotnik - CA
“August 25, 2014
I am stunned and very saddened. I was trying to phone Linda (my Maid of Honor) to see if she received the invitation...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Harstad - Elkader, IA
“I wanted to learn more about the author of the wonderful book on Isak Dinesen, and found out she died in 2012. Looking at her pictures, it seems to...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Dalton - Lake Barrington, IL
“I was in John's lab in the 1980s when the Donelson children were in their early years. I did not see Linda very often but when I did she was the...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: David Engman - Chicago, IL
“John and family, so sorry to hear about the passing of Linda. May the Almighty continue to give you strength to bear this enormous loss. Her...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Ngozi Erondu - SIMI VALLEY, CA
“I loved working with Linda to help sell her wonderful book.
Hearing about birding by Linda during our University Athletic Club lunch was a treat. I...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret
“Lyn and Emory - our whole family is deeply saddened by this news. Your mom was so very special to all of us - someone who cared deeply about her...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Dave and Sally Dierks - Iowa City, IA
“Linda and I met 32 years ago in Kenya. Our husband were researchers together at an international laboratory and as fellow Americans and at home...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Vera Petteway-Nyormoi - Durham, NC
“Dear John and Family:We are extremely saddened to hear the loss of Linda and we extend our profound sympathies to you all. We got to know you and...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Padmanabhans (Raji and Pad) - MD
“Dear John and Family~our hearts are with you today as you celebrate Linda's wonderful life. She had a generous spirit and her friendship will forever...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Gail, Sal, and Diana Saucedo - CA
“I was very fortunate to have been acquainted with Linda, and my deepest sympathies and condolences go out to John and the rest of the family. Linda...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Andy Robertson - Iowa City, IA
“Cathy and I occasionally ran into Linda, often with John and his camera, at nature events, such as an annual dinner of the Iowa Natural Heritage...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Mike Feiss - IC, IA - friend
“We share in your sadness as you grieve the loss of a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Linda will be missed by so many family members...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Suzanne and Byron Bork - IA
“Linda was an amazing person. She was taken away much too soon.
14 of 29 | Posted by: Max Scruggs - Arlington, VA
“We are so sorry to learn of Linda's passing. What an amazing woman with such an amazing family! We are thinking of all of the Donelson's as you all...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Knudson Family - Warrens, WI
I'm sorry to learn of your loss. My sympathies are extended to you and your family.
16 of 29 | Posted by: Tom Carsner
“So sorry to hear this news. Linda was such a beautiful and peaceful mother, grandmother, friend and wife. Please know you are all in my thoughts...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Maia Bork Foust - MO
“Pony Pony Huckabuck is the daughter of Jonas Jonas Huckabuck and his wife, Mama Mama Huckbuck. Linda introduced me to the childhood story of the...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Cal Jones - San Diego, CA
Very sorry to hear of your loss. All these many years later... the Peace Corps experience keeps us together and thinking of each...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: mary wilkins-ellert - Tucson, AZ
“I just read this obituary and it sounds like a love and success story in many ways. First of all, all the the lives she touched to lead to all these...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Wynkoop - clarence, IA
“Dear Donelsons, I am so sorry to hear about Linda's passing. She did a remarkable job of raising a wonderful family and always made me feel welcome...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Dawn Dillman - Portland, OR
I am so sorry about your loss....she was an exceptional woman and I know she'll be greatly missed.
22 of 29 | Posted by: Kathy Bresnahan - Iowa City
“Dear John and family,
Linda and I go way back...to grade school. I can truly say that Linda was one of the most original people I know and her zest...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Midge Dillon - PAris and Clinton, IA
Linda was one of those brilliant lights of that summer of '64 full of idealism and limitless possibilities. She set the mark high and...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Jack Sande
“Dear John and Family,
We were so sorry to learn of Linda's passing. She was a brightness and lightness in many lives.
Jim and Wanda Hartley
25 of 29 | Posted by: Jim and Wanda Hartley - Frederick, MD
“John, please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I so regret not getting to the PC reunion!
26 of 29 | Posted by: Richard M Roberts - TX
“John and family,
I am so sorry for your loss of one of my favorite people, even when she was inexplicably missing when the van doors were about to...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Ann Johnson - Norwalk, IA
“John and family,
My heartfelt condolences to all of you for the loss of your very special wife and mother. Linda was a very unique and extraordinary...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Diana Pesek - Cedar Rapids, IA
“Dear John and family,
I was saddened to learn that Linda had passed and offer you my sincere condolences. Linda always made your home a home for the...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Bob Deschenes - Tampa, FL
When 20-year-old Linda Meyers met a fellow Iowan at a summer Peace Corps training session in 1964, she couldn't have known that her life's adventure had just begun.
She knew she was responding to President Kennedy's call for American college students to share their knowledge and gifts with the world. But the UI French major didn't know then that she and the Iowa State student she was shaking hands with, John Donelson, would start taking turns following and leading each other across the globe for the rest of her life.
She didn't know that he would travel a thousand miles from his Peace Corps post just to visit her in Cameroon. She didn't know that, before her two-year commitment was up, she would ask for a transfer and the two would marry and serve out the rest of their time in Ghana.
She didn't know that his biochemistry post-doc would have him in England while she began medical school in Iowa City -- while pregnant with their first child, a daughter, for most of that first year.
She didn't know that Iowa City would become the family's home base as one, two and then three sons came on the scene.
She didn't know that -- while spending a year at the foot of the Ngong Hills in Kenya -- her medical training would make her so fascinated with the death of Karen Blixen that she would begin a lifelong study of the Danish writer and self-publish the award-winning book, "Out of Isak Dinesen in Africa."
She didn't know how her years would be filled with RAGBRAIs, triathlons, summers in Cape Cod, bird-watching tours on all seven continents and being in the delivery room when her first granddaughter came into the world.
Nor could she have known what a wonderful caregiver her husband would turn out to be for the 2 1/2 years after she discovered several lumps in her neck that meant ovarian cancer had spread through her body.
Linda Grace Meyers Donelson, M.D., died Oct. 8 nearly a month after her 69th birthday. The daughter of Roman Meyers and Lois Seuser, Linda grew up in Clinton, but called Iowa City home for more than four decades.
She is survived by her husband John; her brother Paul; her sister Mary; her children Christina (Jeff) of Iowa City, Loren (Keegan) of San Diego, Lyn of Paris, France, and Emory (Kelly) of Santa Monica; her grandchildren L'Engle, Lucy, Miles, Leif and Ames; more than 50 of her first cousins; and many friends.
Services celebrating Linda's life will be held beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the fellowship hall of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City -- with remarks by family and friends beginning at 4:45 p.m. followed by a reception. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Glenwood Cemetery in Ogden, Iowa.
Memorials donations can be made in Linda's memory to Iowa City Hospice and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Online condolences can be sent for her family through www.gayandciha.com.