Donna Jean Cunningham

Donna Jean Cunningham, affectionately known as “Grammy”, born October 1, 1939, in Wheeler County, Texas, was a beacon of light in the lives of all who knew her. Known for her spirited personality and funny sense of humor, Donna brought joy and laughter everywhere she went. Her dedicated service as a receptionist for Olsen Park Elementary until her retirement in 2004 was a testament to her passion for education and her commitment to her work. In her spare time, she enjoyed bowling, coloring, and above all, nurturing her profound love for the Lord.

Donna lived out her faith courageously in every aspect of her life. As a faithful member of Crossroads Country Church, she cooked meals every Wednesday, and packed bags for meals for kids. She was also a member of the Women’s International Bowling Congress Inc. As it is written in Proverbs 31:25-26, “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” This verse truly encapsulates Donna’s spirit and her dedication to serving her community and her church with love and kindness.

Donna was preceded in death by her beloved parents; Frank and Lois Risner, her three brothers, Dale Risner, Bobby Risner and Charles Risner; her first husband, Richard Dean Garst; her devoted spouse, Maurice Cunningham, and her son-in-law, Wayne Hall.

She is survived by her loving children, Theresa Byers, Butch Garst and wife Helene, and Jan Hall; her cherished grandchildren, Nik Garst and wife Jordan, Josh Hall and wife Danielle, Carlee Garst Perez, Mandee Ronquillo and husband Javier, Jarod Hall, Laynee Hernandez and husband Alex, and Keaton Byers, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Donna, a resilient woman of faith and love, will be remembered for her unwavering dedication to her family, her courageous spirit, and her infectious laughter.

A funeral service honoring Donna’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2023, at Crossroads Country Church Amarillo, 14425 Farm to Market Rd 1541, Amarillo, TX 79118.  Interment will follow at Llano Cemetery East.

The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 6-8:00 pm, Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Lighthouse Funeral Home Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave, in Amarillo.

As we prepare to say our final goodbyes to Donna, we are comforted by the knowledge that her spirit lives on in the hearts of those she touched throughout her remarkable life.

In celebration of Donna’s life, we encourage friends and family to share their favorite memories of her and upload photos to the memorial page. Each memory shared will serve as a reminder of the love and joy Donna Cunningham brought into our lives.



  1. Tracy Daniels

    Jan, Butch, & Theresa ~

    I still remember the day Brent and I went to Grandma Garst’s to let her know we were engaged. Aunt Donna was there, drinking a cup of tea, and when we told them, she gasped and nearly dropped her cup! I’ll always remember her soothing voice, her laugh, and her sweet spirit – not to mention all of our Christmases together at ******** Street in Amarillo. Miss Aunt Donna and miss those days!!!

    Sending love and big hugs your way,

    Tracy & Brent

  2. Patricia Ward

    Jan, Butch, and Theresa,
    I always loved visiting with Cousin Donna when I would take mom. They would just laugh and have the best time! She was always the most kindest, funniest Christian woman I have ever in my life had the pleasure of knowing and then getting to call her family was the best! Hugs and prayers to you in the upcoming days ahead! BTW I am Jean Fourmentin’s daughter, you probably don’t remember me but mayby Theresa does. Love to you all!

  3. Cheryl Roy

    She was known to us as one of my daughter’s best friends, Keaton’s Grandmother. She was at some gatherings we went to over the years. She was always dressed so nice, calm, smiling , and kind to us.

  4. Norman Williamson

    I’m so sorry Teresa,Butch,Nick,and Keaton , just tonight got a call from the Cherry Family that Donna was now in Heaven , We Loved that Beautiful Woman and Her Family , We had a lot of good Years with You All at Fairview Baptist/ Southeast Baptist Church, God Bless You All, sorry We didn’t know..Norman and Cathy Williamson..

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