Donna R. Harders

Donna R. Harders, age 84, of Wood River, died Friday, December 13, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Society in Grand Island.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 18, at Christ Lutheran Church in Cairo with Reverend Brian Wright officiating. Burial was in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Island.
Memorials are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church - Cairo. Online condolences may be left for the family at
Apfel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Donna Rojene Harders was born September 9, 1935, at Arcadia, to Chancy L. and Roene S. (Prettyman) Smith. She moved with her family to Alda and then to Wood River. She graduated from Wood River High School in 1953.
Donna was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith on April 6, 1952.
Donna married Doyle E. Harders on August 30, 1953, at Wood River. The couple lived their entire married life north of Wood River, where they farmed and fed cattle. Mr. Harders preceded her in death in 2001.
Donna was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Cairo and was very active in the Ladies Aid, LWML and many other church organizations.
She enjoyed reading, playing cards, and crocheting. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Donna also read at Riverside Lodge for many years, and enjoyed visiting shut-ins.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Lora Harders, and Gary and Lisa Harders, all of Wood River; one daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Lonnie Spiehs, of Boelus; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Raymond (Judy) Smith, of Sun City, Arizona; and four sisters, Darlene Vosika, of Golden, Colorado, Maxine (Mason) Hooker, of Sun City, Arizona, Patty (Bill) Fairbanks, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Debbie (Rod) Weitzel, of North Platte; and sister-in-law, Fran Harders, of Wood River.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Wilma; and husband, Doyle.

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