Donna died on July 14, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. She matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Beverly Hills, Michigan, and graduated with a degree in English. She did her career service at the Otter Lake Conservation School (Greenfield, New Hampshire) and studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. After graduating from K she earned a master’s degree in education at the University of Michigan and worked as an elementary school teacher and reading consultant in the Anchor Bay school district for more than a decade. In 1986 she and Scott Ritchie married, and they were together for nearly 29 years. Their daughter, Emma Elizabeth, was born in 1988. Donna retired from teaching to devote more of her time to raise Emma Elizabeth and to help Scott run the family business. Donna was an avid and passionate reader. She also enjoyed gardening, music, travel, being outdoors and visits with her daughter. Throughout the years she kept up a lively correspondence with fellow English major classmates. She continued to write these beautiful letters almost until the time of her death.