Donna Lou Duncan McGowan, May 1, 1950~May 21, 1950

McGowan for PaperDonna Lou Duncan McGowan passed away on May 21, 2015 in Fayetteville, AR.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Billie Jo Duncan; her sister, Janet Combs; and a grandson, Zachery Koonz.  She is survived by her husband, Richard McGowan; three sons, Richard Ramey Jones, Jr., Winston McGowan and J.R. McGowan;  three granddaughters, Rebecca Jones, who was the light of their lives, Alesha McGowan and Shelby Koonz; and grandson, Kai McGowan;  brothers, Jerris and David Duncan; and a sister, Brenda Blount.  Donna was a lifelong resident of Fayetteville.  She loved to paint, and arts and crafts.  She had many lifelong friends and she will be missed by all.  Condolences at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.



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    Morris & Nita Daniel » 22. May, 2015

    So very very sorry about Donna, I grew up with Donna we lived next to her on 16 east. We are keeping all of the family in our prayers. Morris & Nita Daniel.

    Philip and Jamie West » 22. May, 2015

    Of all the family I’ve met so far, she made me feel more like a long lost relative, and I hope she knew how much I loved that about her… And I’ve never seen a potato peeled faster in my life. ;) Love you, Sissy


    What can I say, Sissy you helped make each one of us the way we are today. You were the first one to put eye liner on me or dye my hair. We could always be guaranteed that something exciting was going to happen when you showed up; Halloween pranks, birthday parties, or just getting together for a cook out you always would make it memorable. Without you as an influence I can’t say I would be where I am now. You taught me so much and so much was left unsaid… I Love you too! For each of us that was in or around you during our lives you have touched us deeply. You will be missed terribly and never forgotten.


    erika olinger » 23. May, 2015

    we will miss you Donna.

    Gary and Sharon Rakes » 25. May, 2015

    Please know that our hearts are broken losing Donna. A lifelong friend and almost sister, we enjoyed many parts of our lives together. This is just another chapter and some day I will see you again my good friend. Condolences to all who knew and loved her. I will remember her as she was before the last go around of her many illnesses. We talked and visited a few Sundays back at her home. Her family was so special to her and I hope each of them know how special she was. God Bless

    Vicky Hudgins » 26. May, 2015

    Sorry for your loss.Keeping all the family in my prayers!

    Kristen Hime » 26. May, 2015

    I love you Donna. You were a constant in my life and always a joy to be around. I loved watching you, mom and Shirley laughing and spending time together. Though heartbreaking, I am blessed to have spent time with you in therapy at Katherines place.No more pain and suffering.you will be missed dearly.

    Sue Wagley Smith » 26. May, 2015

    Dear family of Donna! So sorry for your loss and praying for her loved ones. Happy for her that she is at peace and no more suffering. I loved her during my teenage life and met back with her over the later years. She always made me smile. I also loved her art she was able to paint the important times of her life! I know she is dancing once again with her daddy! Thank you sweet Donna for your wellness to be my friend and then later in life creat many memories for us. Love you and can’t wait to hug you in my future. Sue

    Debbie Stiers » 27. May, 2015

    As I have said, Donna was my first friend when I moved to Fayetteville at the age of 13. She became a life long buddy that will be missed by many. She could always make you laugh, even when she was feeling bad. So many memories of the fun times we shared. I was so glad that I was able to spend some quality time when her lately and I sincerely apologize to the family that I was unaware that she had been hospitalized again. The last I talked to her she was home with family and was so happy about that. I am great full that she was able to do that. My heartfelt sympathies to her family and to all of the rest of her extended family.

    barbara l wisdom...bobbie » 28. May, 2015

    we all miss you donna we love you so much my god bring you peace and bless your family and freinds who love you, god bless gf untill we meet again in heaven !!!

    Brian Hoskins » 28. May, 2015

    So sorry to hear my god wrap his arms around the family in this hard time

    Burl and Paula Combs » 29. May, 2015

    Richard and family; The Williford and Combs families have each one of you in our prayers. Donna will be missed by all who knew her. One of the first memories of Richard and Donna that I have, was a trip to Tulsa for the Spring Nationals Drag Race in 1978. We all camped out in campers and Donna just had to wash her hair before we all went in to watch the races. She used most of the water supply for that weekend. Doug and I went on in and several drag races later, Donna and the other girls came to watch the race. We were all so young at that time. “Sissy” is just one of many that has joined Doug in heaven. We never understand the timing of when the Lord takes our loved ones, but we must look to the Lord for healing. I’ll always believe Burl was a gift from God for my healing. So, the Duncan’s are now cousins not just friends of the family. God Bless you all.

    Judy Keeney Kilpatrick » 29. May, 2015

    The first time I met Donna was in 1st Grade at Jefferson Elementary in Fayetteville. Donna was a quiet little girl, but, I remember her asking me to go home with her. I went and remember having fun. She was always so sweet to me throughout our school years grades first through twelfth grade. I got to see and talk with Donna a few years ago at a funeral. We became facebook friends. My memories and thoughts of Donna will always be positive and kind. I never knew she loved painting so much. I would love to purchase one of her paintings as a memory of her. In our last conversation, she mentioned that she liked flea markets. Her taste and mine in decorating seemed to be the same. To sum up Donna in my heart is kind, caring, loved her family. What a wonderful classmate and friend Donna was !!! Thinking of her family as I know she is very much missed.
    God Bless to all her family !! <3

    Steve Ridenoure » 01. Jun, 2015

    Donna will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to her family.