Margaret Donna Haines, 66, ran Donna’s Kids in her home, Zumba teacher, adept artisan

By on December 14, 2016

Margaret Donna Beatty Haines (Donna), selfless mother, sister, daughter, teacher, and friend, passed peacefully at home on Tuesday, Dec. 6, surrounded by loved ones, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Donna was the daughter of Claire and the late Joseph B. Beatty III, of Ephrata; and is survived by her two daughters: Amy Rittle of Lebanon, and Stacy Nunez of Macungie; granddaughter: Adaelyn Nunez; and siblings: Joseph Beatty of Lititz, Cheryl McLaughlin of Elverson, William (Scott) Beatty of Ephrata, and Kimberly Ditzler of Sinking Spring.

Born in Scranton, Donna went on to achieve degrees in graphic arts from La Roche College and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After spending time with the Boyd-Wilson property management firm, and instructing art in the public-school setting for several years, Donna proceeded to obtain her Masters of Education degree from Millersville University. She then established Donna’s Kids, her home-based child care business, where she skillfully combined her love for children and the arts to provide meaningful, loving care and enrichment for many area children, which she continued to operate with dignity and full attention throughout most of her battle.

When she wasn’t working, Donna enjoyed teaching Zumba at various fitness and community centers throughout the county. Donna was also an adept artisan, who enjoyed constantly challenging herself with new ways of creating, including: crochet, weaving, cake decorating, folk art painting, tinwork, glass leading, and many other types of media. Donna was always sharing her gift of creation by freely donating cakes for special events, and hand-made hats and blankets for the American Cancer Society.

Services were held Dec. 10 at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, Manheim, with Father Stephen Weitzel as celebrant. Final commendation and farewell took place in the Cedar Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Donna’s memory may be made to Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, 2102 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601; or Help the Fight Organization of Lancaster, 143 Oakridge Drive, Mountville, PA 17554.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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