Donna L. (Smith) Lay
Donna L. Lay, age 81, of Mansfield, and formerly of Madison Avenue, Shelby, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at her home after a short illness.
She was born September 15, 1930 in Shelby the daughter of the Burchfield Henry and Bernice Leota (Brinkerhoff) Smith. She was a 1948 graduate of Shelby High School. Prior to her marriage, Donna worked at Providence Hospital in Sandusky as a lab technician and was a former employee of First National Bank in Shelby. She was a member of the Southside Christian Church in Mansfield, the First Christian Church in Shelby and Rizpah Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed bridge, reading, traveling and acting with the former Blackfork Players in Shelby.
Donna is survived by her husband: Benjamin H. Lay, whom she wed on September 1, 1950; a daughter: Brenda (Craig) Herb of Raleigh, NC; a son: David B. (Jody) Lay of Mansfield; 6 grandchildren: Emily Herb, Brandon Herb, Jeremy (Brandy) Lay, Amanda Lay, Benjamin (Helen) Lay, Andrew Lay (Kateryna Sellers); 2 great grandchildren: Gabrielle Lay and Brennan Lay. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother: G. Desmond Smith, and 2 infant daughters: Susan and Sandra Lay.
Friends may call on Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 2-4 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be conducted Monday at 10:30 AM with Pastor Paul Lintern officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to Med Central Hospice or to the American Cancer Society. To leave a condolence or share a memory, please visit