Donna M. Starkey

Born: Fri., Jun. 6, 1924
Died: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018

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Mrs. Donna M. Starkey of Adamstown, MD, formerly of Laytonsville, MD died on November 23 at her home. Born on June 6, 1924 in New London, CT, she was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth McGinn. Donna graduated from North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, WA in 1942.

Donna enjoyed dancing at the Margaret Tapping School of the Dance. She participated in programs with the American Legion Auxiliary and USO during World War II and opened her own dance school. 

Donna loved caring for her home and family.  She enjoyed writing letters to classmates and sending cards to family and friends for any and all reasons. She was a lifetime member of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair and a member of the Maryland Steam Historical Society.

She was the wife of the late William Starkey, who died January 15, 1992. At the time of his death, they had been married for 47 years. She is survived by her two children, William N. Starkey II (Linda) of Adamstown, MD and Judith S. O'Neil (Steve) of Mt. Airy, MD. Donna is also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sons, Brookes B. Starkey and Michael M. Starkey.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society ( or to the USO (

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Cheryl Yost
   Posted Sun November 25, 2018
Bill, Judy & Family

I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing! She was such a wonderful women, great neighbor to our family, and she had a positive impact on my life. We missed her so much (especially my Mom) when she moved to Frederick. I know I did not get to see her over the last several years, but thought of her often. I know how hard losing your Mom is and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. All our love Cheryl, Doug & Darryl

Meredith Smith
   Posted Mon November 26, 2018
Mom and I are so sorry to hear of your mother's death. I wish there were better words to use than just I;m sorry. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.

Meredith and Mary Smith

Christi Roberts
   Posted Mon November 26, 2018
Bill, Linda and Family,

Our sincere sympathy at the loss of your mother. She was such a special lady and very proud of you all!! You are commended for all your efforts in taking care of her. Know she is now at peace. Prayers for comfort, strength and peace for you all during this difficult time, especially at the holidays. Much love and gentle hugs,
Chubby, Christi, Heather, Brianna, Regina and Gloria

Kitty and Jack Cooley
   Posted Tue November 27, 2018
To all the Starkey family:

It has been years since I last saw your mother and the picture reminded me of how pretty she was. All of you did everything possible to keep her comfortable in her later years and now she is without pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Kitty and Jack Cooley

JoAnn Howell (Yost) and Family
   Posted Wed November 28, 2018
The Starkey Family -

I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember Mrs. Starkey as far back as I can remember. She was like an extra grandmother across the street from my grandparents. She was a dear friend of my grandmother, Ramona Yost. Her smile and kindness toward us all (since we ran around my grandparent's property all the time) were never ending. Even as I became an adult, I kept in touch with her. She would always send a Christmas card and I would send her pictures of our family. I was recently looking forward to her card this year. I will miss that part of Christmas. You have lost a dear family member. My heart goes out to you all. We hope that you will find comfort in many treasured memories. I just know that she and my grandmother are chatting it up after being separated for so many years.

JoAnn, Adam, Sydney, and Wyatt Howell

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