Donna E. Livengood

  • Born: July 2, 1925
  • Died: March 15, 2020
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donna Ethelyn Livengood, age 94, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully Sunday evening, March 15, 2020. She was born July 2, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Floyd Leslie and Frances Elizabeth (Wilcox) Robinson. Shortly after birth she moved with her family to Battle Creek where she has lived since. She was a 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and worked briefly at Westin Biscuit Company, where she met Phil Livengood. Donna Ethelyn Robinson married Phillip N. Livengood on January 4, 1948 in Battle Creek, Michigan. After their marriage, Donna became a full-time homemaker. She spoiled her family with her cooking and baking skills, especially her cookies, cakes and delicious pies. Donna also enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, playing Bingo, and watching TV shows & baseball.

Sadly, her husband Phil preceded her in death on December 3, 2011 after 63 wonderful years of marriage. Surviving are two sons, Phillip Leslie (Naomi) Livengood of Battle Creek, and Michael D. (Cynthia) Livengood of Daytona Beach, FL; three grandsons, Brian (Tracy) Livengood and Retired Chief Petty Officer Jason Livengood, both of Battle Creek, and Cole (Tim) Livengood of North Wales, PA; and two great-granddaughters. In addition to her husband, Donna was also preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Lewellen, Raymond, Duane and Rowland.

Friends will be received 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2020 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Donna will be interred privately next to her husband, Phillip at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorials directed to the American Legion Post #54 would be appreciated. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Donna may be placed at


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so sorry to hear of Donna's passing. I have many great memories of crossing the street, cutting through the Reeds' yard,and into Donna and Phil's backyard for a visit. My mom played volleyball with her. She was delightful. ❤

Posted by Gerri Clark - Battle Creek, MI - Neighbor   March 24, 2020

Red lipstick, great cook (giant peach pies), the energy and enthusiasm to put any younger person to shame. Funniest story: She shared the problems of having to use leg make-up during WW2 because there were no nylons. During one date it started to rain and the makeup started to run! No kidding, I think of this every time I try self-tanner.
Rest energetically, Aunt Donna. I hope there is a volleyball court with your name on it in heaven.
Love you, Val

Posted by Val Robinson-Schnable - St. Joseph, MI - Family   March 22, 2020

This made my heart hurt, Aunt Donna was such fun, I don't ever remember a family holiday without her, loved her and will miss her and smile at my memories. Just getting over cancer and my age I don't feel good coming today, love you all and will be there in my heart, love Joannie

Posted by Joan Kellay - Battle creek, MI - Family   March 20, 2020

Phil & Family, So sorry to hear of the loss of you Mother. She was such a happy Lady. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mary Goheen & Patti DowdingQ

Posted by Mary Goheen - Battle Creek - Friend   March 20, 2020

OH Miss Donna you have been such a treasure to so many for long... I played volleyball with you for years... your contagious laughter, your smile... God Rest your precious soul. Rest in Peace precious lady :(

Posted by Betty Bowers - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 20, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. My late husband Tim Aldrich has known your family for many years. I worked with Mike at Kmart 4206 in Madison Heights. I had the opportunity to meet your Mom several times at different times in Battle Creek. She was a lovely lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Posted by Adele Aldrich - Battle Creek, MI   March 19, 2020

Dear Family Donna was a funny lady. I loved to talk to her. We sometimes got so loud at Evergreen The staff would come to my Mom and Donna's Room to see what was wrong. We would laugh so hard. She and my Mom would look after one another. And don't forget the birds. Donna would say open the curtains I need to see the birds. And Baseball she loved the Tigers. .She would say when is the game. When ever I came to visit Donna wanted to know the weather is it cold out My Mom Carilean and I Are so sorry for your loss. We know she is now in heaven with her Husband and all her Brothers....RIP Donna until we meet again Hugs Sandy

Posted by Sandy Harper - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 19, 2020

RIp Donna, I enjoyed the years we played volleyball together. You were sooo much fun. Love you will miss you. Kim ( Art) Coats

Posted by Kimberly coats - Friend   March 17, 2020