Donna Ruth (Mattern) Neely

June 26, 1935 ~ October 16, 2019 (age 84)


     Donna Ruth Neely, age 84, of Franklin, passed away early Wednesday morning, October 16, 2019 at Pine Crest Manor in St. Marys.

    Born June 26, 1935 in Franklin, she was a daughter of the late John and Opal Simpson Mattern.

    She married Eugene Charles Neely and he preceded her in death in 1989.

    Donna enjoyed crafting and fishing and playing bingo and cards.

     Survivors include three children:  Eugene (Valerie) Neely of Okeechobee, Florida; Lou Ann (Ed) Gapinski of Johnsonburg and Tonya Judy of Clintonville; five grandchildren:  Jessica, Alison, Kari, Ryan and Megan and five great grandchildren.

     Donna is also survived by a brother, Art (Linda) Mattern of St. Petersburg.

     In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by numerous brothers, sisters and a son-in-law, Donald Judy.

     At Donna’s request, there will be no visitation or services.

     Interment will take place at the Old Sandy Cemetery in Polk.

     Online condolences may be sent to Donna’s family at

     Arrangements are under the direction of the William N. Rupert Mortuary, Inc. of Knox.


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