Donna Lee Durance

National City, Michigan (Former resident of Brown City)
September 6, 1939 - January 14, 2020

Service Location

Private family services will be held.

Obituary Notice

Donna Lee Durance
Age 80, of National City, Michigan, former resident of Brown City, passed away on January 14, 2020 at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan. She was born the daughter of Fred and Marie (Crouch) Wiechert on September 6, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. Donna grew up in Brown City on the family farm and quickly learned the value of hard work and the life lessons farm work teaches. On July 11, 1955 she met the love of her life, William Durance at a birthday party, and on September 7, 1957 she and Bill married at the Methodist Church in Brown City. Together they raised two sons and shared 62 years of marriage! Donna was an exceptional farm wife, mother and a very hard worker her entire life. She stayed connected in her community while working at Williams Department Store, B & D Party Store on the Au Gres River which she and her husband owned, Giant, Strauers and Northern Lights Mobile Restaurant and Gas Station in Sand Lake. In 2001 Donna decided to retire and enjoyed spending time with her family, fishing and camping. Donna is survived by her loving husband Bill; two beloved sons, Dwayne (Lois) and Dale (Laurie) Durance; 3 siblings, Fred, Ron and Darlene; 7 grandchildren, Lisa, Sharon, Josh, William, Melanie, Tamaryn and Jay; 9 great grandchildren, Marisa, George, Emma, Beau, Logan, Lindsay, Nicole, MacKenzie and Evan. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, sister Diane and her granddaughter Jennifer Durance. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date at Pioneer Cemetery in Sand Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the American Diabetes Association in Donna's name. Condolences may be shared at


American Kidney Foundation
American Diabetes Association


Pioneer Cemetery


So very so very for your loss. Aunt Donna will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her. Thinking of all of you at this time of sorrow, and wishing you all peace and love.
— Angel Reeder-Arquette
To the Durance family. Many years I experienced the company of Donna, I remember her laugh, her voice and her smile. I will always have good memories of her, she was a wonderful person. My Condolences to you all.
— Suzanne Clark
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all.
— Tina Winchell
So sorry Uncle Bill, Dwayne, Dale and family
She will be greatly missed by many.
— Debbie and Ron Lorang

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