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Donna Anderson, 94, of Hartford passed away Saturday, May 15, 2021, at home.

She was born March 25, 1927 in Benton Harbor to Myron and Nilmah Vanderlyn, both of whom precede her in death. Donna graduated from Hartford High School as the Salutatorian of the Class of 1943.

Donna married William Smith on November 2, 1947, and he preceded her in death on May 15, 1965. At the time of his death, they owned the Farm Bureau Insurance Agency in Hartford.

On June 5, 1976, Donna was united in marriage to Roy “Andy” Anderson, and he preceded her in death on November 10, 2018.

A lifelong Hartford resident she was retired from the medical practice of Dr. A.L. Stagg after 32 years.

Donna is survived by her son, Scott (Denise) Smith; step-children, Bradley (Hannah) Anderson, Kay (Rick) Martin, Mark (Argelita) Anderson, Steven Anderson, and James (Christine) Anderson; grandchildren, Amanda (Steve) Veldman and Bethany (Justin) Diesbourg; seven step-grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Donna is also preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Bonna Vanderlyn.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will commence at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 27, at the Hartford United Methodist Church with visitation at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hartford Methodist Church. The family has entrusted Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford with arrangements. Memorial condolences for the family can be left online at


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