Born November 29, 1944 in Edinburgh, Indiana to Jakie and Marjorie Robertson Knicely. Died peacefully October 7, 2018. Graduated from Edinburgh High School in 1963. In 1993 began the Donna Knicely Scholarship through the Edinburgh Dollars for Scholars Program. Newspaper reporter and photographer at The Republic in Columbus, Indiana from 1964 to 1969. Married David K. Brown and moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1969. Divorced and returned to college. Graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1977 with a BS in Education. Worked in administrative management at Best Products corporate offices from 1980 to 1986. Married John W. (Bill) Jordan in 1985. He proceeded her in death in 2017. In 1986, when Bill retired, they moved on the sailing vessel Orchid Boat and sailed the islands for 2 years. Worked at the Virginia Department of Transportation from 1989 to 1999. Worked as a secretary for two delegates during the annual legislative sessions of the Virginia General Assembly from 2000 to 2012. Volunteered at many non-profit organizations in the Richmond area. Past member and leader of US TOO Partners, past member and officer of the Yankee Point Yacht Club, attender of Richmond Friends Meeting. She was a volunteer with her husband at the Hospital Hospitality House. She was a former board member of the Richmond YWCA and volunteered with both Girls Clubs and Girl Scouting in her younger years. She was a long-time volunteer and worker for the Virginia Democratic Party. Donna was active in the Barksdale Theatre as a volunteer usher and was a member of the Barksdale Bifocals group. Preceded in death by husband, Bill Jordan; father, Jakie Knicely, and grandparents, Marie and Vint Robertson of Edinburgh, Indiana. Survivors include mother, Marjorie Marsh, aunt, Lou Land, both of North Vernon, IN; stepchildren, Brad Jordan and his wife, Shari of Bumpass, VA and Fran Jordan of Oakland, CA, several cousins and many dear friends.
A memorial service is planned for 2:00 pm Saturday, November 10 at the Richmond Friends Meeting, 4500 Kensington Ave, Richmond, VA 23221.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Donna Knicely Scholarship, Edinburgh Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 305, Edinburgh, IN 46124 or to the VCU Foundation, 111 North Fourth Street, P.O. Box 842039, Richmond, VA 23284 and please indicate the Bill Jordan and Donna Knicely Scholarship Fund.
Richmond Friends Meeting
Saturday November 10th, 2018
4500 Kensington Ave
Richmond, VA 23221
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It saddens my heart that you have left your earthly home. Yet, I know you are at peace in your heavenly on and playing catch up with the love of your life, Bill Jordan. RIP Donna M Knicely.
Submitted by Donna T. Ornduff on Nov 28 2018 01:05:09 AM
I'm sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that the true God is there for those brokenhearted, Psalm 34:18. May he continue to strengthen you at this most difficult time. Please accept my sincere condolences
Submitted by C. Prince on Oct 28 2018 07:52:07 AM
Donna, rest in peace knowing you will always be remembered in happy ways. Donna and I met at work. We shared an office at one point when we were the first in Virginia to job share. Our strong wills kept us on our feet!
Donna was open minded, fun loving and free spirited. She taught me qualities that shape who I am today.
With her craft skills she made my infant daughter finger puppets, and she made this same daughter, 28 years later, a gorgeous blue sweater and blanket for her baby boy. 💙
I’ve always admired her for taking time to live on and sail the blue waters. I remember her telling me about all the fun folks she and Bill met on their travels. Oh how I want to be like her.
Most recently she picked me up from home while I was recovering from foot surgery, and treated me to an afternoon of wine and dine at a local winery - Shirley Plantation. We had a most glorious 3+ hour visit with laughs and reflection.
Once recovered, I reciprocated with a quick lunch at Strawberry Street Cafe - just a few blocks from Fox School. So many memories. She would tell us all to chase your dreams and life your most fun life ❤️ Love always
Submitted by Robin on Oct 26 2018 01:02:53 PM
Dear sweet Donna. Always amiable and sensitive to everyone else needs. Never wanting to impose on friends with the burden she had to carry without Bill. I know she is in a happy place now with Bill and our loved ones watching over us but she will be dearly missed.
Submitted by Jean Thompson on Oct 20 2018 01:19:55 PM
We have bee friends since the 70z when we met at VCU in a biology class. We have been friends ever since and I will miss her beyond belief. A beautiful soul and great friend.
Submitted by Frances Behlman on Oct 12 2018 08:37:54 PM
The Bible gives us the wonderful prospect of seeing our loved ones again on a paradise earth. At Psalms 37:9-11 & 29, it gives us the hope of living forever on a paradise earth. It will be a time when Isaiah 33:24 will take place and “no resident will say ‘I am sick.” On this paradise earth, Rev. 21:4 promises us that “death will be no more.” I know this may not relieve your deep grief at this time, but please take faith in God’s promises. Please go to jw.org for more information.
Submitted by James Clark on Oct 10 2018 07:05:06 AM
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