Donna Jean (Manning) Thompson, 82, of Detroit Lakes, MN passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Detroit Lakes, MN.
Donna Jean Thompson was born on December 12, 1938 in Perham, MN to Marie (Dodd) and Jack Manning. She attended both church and grade school in Strawberry Lake and then upper grades in Detroit Lakes, MN. Donna loved to sing with several friends, and she was part of the youth group at Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church.
Donna was united in marriage to Donovan Thompson from Canby, OR, on December 18, 1956. Their relationship began with old-fashioned letter writing. They settled in rural Ogema, MN and they raised their eight children together there. They worked hard, and always did the best they knew how with what was available to them.
Donna is survived by her eight children: Pat (John) Swiers of Callaway, MN, Dan Thompson of Detroit Lakes, MN, Tammy (Delmar) Yoder of Ogema, MN, Jackie (Tom) Jensen of Callaway, MN, Brenda Thompson of Callaway, MN, Bonnie (Jerry) Skov of Frazee, MN, Cheri (Scott) Kotaska of Frazee, MN, and Tom (Sherri) Thompson of Detroit Lakes, MN, her 31 grandchildren, her 70 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Donna is preceded in death by her husband Donovan, his daughter Joyce, her parents, one brother, five sisters, and two great-grandchildren.