Donna Marie McClain Hale was born February 18, 1936 in Morgantown, West Virginia to Edson and Gertrude McClain. Her Father Edson McClain was killed in a coal mine explosion when Donna was six years old. At the time President Roosevelt was in office and he and the first lady Eleanor Roosevelt came to Morgantown to offer condolences to the families of the men killed in the coal mine. Donna was six years old and still remembered meeting Eleanor Roosevelt.
Her family then moved to El Paso, Texas where she grew up and met the love of her life, Thomas Wayne Hale at the age of 19 years old. From the time they met they were Inseparable! Their love was one for the storybooks. Tommy and Donna then moved to Corpus Christi, Texas where they raised their seven children. Donna had many talents but her most cherished was singing with her daughter Debbie.
The two of them owned and operated Donna and Debbie Karaoke for 11 years. Even after selling their business Donna kept on singing up until the month before she passed away. Donna was not only a singer but an entrepreneur at heart. In the early 80s Donna was licensed to carry a gun and was the business owner of Sealand security. She only stood about 4’11 but everyone knew she was fierce. Even with owning her own business and singing her heart out on the weekends yet her biggest accomplishment was raising her seven children.
She loved them more than life itself. Donna was always full of life and she never met a stranger. If you knew Donna then you already knew that about her. Donna and her best friend Sue were actually still going to dances on the weekend to meet friends and dance the night away even up until last week. Raising 7 children was hard but doing that with her love made everything seem so easy. Tommy and Donna did everything together from raising their 7 children to running their own security business all while Tommy was the Captain of the Flagship and Donna was the Narrator for 25 years. She loved being the narrator but not as much as she loved singing in the boat. Her favorite song to sing was “Could I have this Dance” and she always dedicated it to the love of her life Tommy. As of Sunday June 12th at 4:52am she and Tommy are now reunited and dancing in Heaven together forever.
Donna was proceeded in death by her parents Edson and Gertrude McClain, her sister Gloria king, her husband and The love of her life Thomas Wayne Hale, four children Milo Hale, Terry Hale, Marsalette Hartman, and Kimberly Hudspeth, also her grandchildren, Crystal Haskin and Donna Waychoff and Great grandchildren, Morgan Dawn Thomas, Kelsey Harley and Karley Reckhart.
Tommy and Donna had a very large family including 23 Grandchildren, 39 Great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. She is survived by one sister Edson Anderson (Bernie) three children, Ronnie Hale (Karen) Debra Eulenfeld (Rodney) Danny Hale (Cynde) and best friend Sue Yaklin that she did everything with and lifelong friend Pat Moore.
Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at Seaside Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at 1:00pm on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
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