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Donna Head was called home after a brief illness on July 7, 2022. Although she was 63 years old, Donna will always be our forever young wild child. She was born with her daddy’s olive complexion and green eyes. She was always a pretty thing. She was the second child and first daughter born to the late Harold and Shirley Tidwell. She started walking at the age of 7 months and never stopped. She refused to act her age and swore she would never get “old”. She was part of a pack of cousins and kids that ruled Fay Drive back in the day and determined to out hit, out run and outsmart all of them, especially the boys. Eventually, the boys started chasing her, she was a pretty thing.
Like her mother, Donna never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation with anyone. Before long she would know your life story and once a friend, always a friend. Like her daddy, she had personality and a sense of humor that kept us laughing until the end. She was a “kid magnet”, probably because she never acted her age, and although she didn’t give birth to any children, she had many little loves.
She was a NASCAR fan and loved the Golden Girls. One of her favorite things was fishing, her poles were always ready. Donna was married, once, to Russell Head and we believe those were the happiest times of her life – Mickey’s Pub, race day gatherings, softball games and campouts.
Donna was always her own girl, lived her life on her terms and didn’t like being told what to do. She may not have had much, but she would give you the shirt off her back. She loved hard, was loyal to those she loved and would fight lions for them.
She attended school locally and had various jobs through her lifetime, however the job she loved the most was being an aunt and a great aunt. She was still enjoying chasing them around, playing in the yard, pushing swings and refusing to act her age, although Karsyn, Aubrey and Jordan did give her a run for her money.
Donna is survived by her siblings Gary Tidwell, Janet Jamieson (Eddy), Jeff Tidwell (Ashley), Dennis Tidwell, and Denise Foster She was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Shirley Tidwell, her niece, Brandy Tidd, her nephew, Robbie (Stormy) Foster, her BFF and sister in law, Kristi Tidwell. Also surviving Donna are her beloved nephews and nieces Bryan and Brennan Brown, Shay Rodriguez (Edward), Logan Robinson (Lexie), Katie Hughes and Candace Barefoot along with her great nieces and nephews Karsyn, Aubrey and Jordan Rodriguez, Brantley Brooks and Kash Manibusan.
Our family is especially grateful for Columbus Hospice and the caring, compassionate staff. Words cannot express how much we appreciate this organization, its mission and its staff. Donna’s primary caregiver was our sister, Denise, who took excellent care of her. There was a time or two when Denise did threaten that Donna would be on the curb waiting for a ride. She could be a stubborn patient.
Special thanks to Larry Foster for being the first assistant in Donna’s care. Robbie was beaming at you for caring for his special aunt. Thanks to Cheryl Youmans for your visits, prayers and kindness. Thank you to the kind people who made donations to help us with cremation expenses. Thank you Nancy Fiske for always being there for our family, you show up. Sometimes you show out but we love you for that. Thank you to Pastor Ed Ray for praying with and for our sister. Thank you Rita Hughes and Northside Baptist Church.
Donna was a dog lover and would be grateful for any donations made to PAWS Humane Society in her memory. Earth will be different without her and Heaven is going to be different with her.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 16th from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church in the Fellowship Hall.
Georgia Cremation – Columbus is assisting the family.