Donna L Smith

Donna L Smith, 75, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Miller's Health and Rehab in La Porte


She was born August 11, 1945 in La Porte, Indiana, the daughter of Charles and Mary Lou (Graham) Greenlaw.


On May 31, 1969, at St. Joseph Church in LaPorte, she married Gerald "Jerry" Smith who preceded her in death October 13, 2019.


A lifelong resident of the area, Donna was a self-employed hairdresser at Donna's Beauty Boutique, retiring in 2017 after 48 years. She continued to work at Hair Control for 3 more years. Donna was also a member of St Joseph Catholic Church, the La Porte Womens' Elk's Lodge 396 and the American Legion Post 83 auxiliary. She loved living on Pine Lake and saved the lives of three men whose boat capsized, receiving the Red Cross award. Because of her years of owning her business and dedication to her family, church and community, in 2015 the mayor declared November 27 Donna Greenlaw Smith Day, presenting her with a proclamation.  Donna enjoyed the Cubs, golfing and bowling, but her greatest joy was her grandchildren, who affectionately called her "Grandma Horsey".


She is survived by her son, Marc (Kathleen) Smith of Valparaiso, IN; daughter, Dana (David) Henderson of LaPorte, IN; twin brother, Dan (Gale) Greenlaw of Laporte, IN; her grandchildren, Ashley, Katelyn, and Zachary Smith and Abigail, Emma, Isabella and David Henderson, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jerry; and brothers, Leroy and Patrick Greenlaw.


Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 9:30 to 10:30a.m.  A Catholic Mass will then be offered Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church, with interment to follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.


Due to Covid 19 restrictions, masks are required and social distancing will be observed, both at the funeral home and the church.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 213 West Institute Place Suite 302 Chicago, IL 60610 in Donna Smith's name.


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