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Donna Rose Ryel
Donna Rose Ryel was born November 11, 1933 near Carmen, the daughter of Hugh Green and Mabel Williamson Green. She passed from this life on September 9, 2016 in Enid. Donna and Johnie Ryel were married in Carmen on August 24, 1951. In 1969 they made their home in Conway, Arkansas where she was a construction supervisor for Nabholz Construction. They lived in Conway until they moved to Owasso in 2008. She had moved to Enid in 2012.

Donna loved society life being a member of Beta Sigma Phi Chapter XI Master. She also loved traveling in the RV as part of Good Samís Club. She was a skier either while being at the lake or where there was snow. In addition to RV traveling, they went many places as well as on cruises to New Zeland and Australia. Family gatherings were another favorite thing for Donna. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid but had been unable to attend for health reasons.

Those who have preceded her in death are her husband, Johnie Ryel; her son, Gary Ryel; her daughter-in-law, Betsy Ryel; a grandson, Bennett Ryel; her parents, Hugh and Mabel Green and a sister-in-law, Carolyn Green.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Rita Anthony and husband, Max of Aline; two brothers, Leland Green of Caladona, Mississippi and Corky Green and wife, Loreta of Carmen; one sister, Vereta McBride and husband, Max of Aline; grandchildren, Hilary Nicholson and husband, Matt of Collinsville, Haley Anthony of Sand Springs, Wain Ryel and wife, Michelle of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Rosanna Hubbard and husband, Daniel of Bella Vista, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Jayden Howerton, Aleigh Nicholson and River Ryel as well as many nieces and nephews.

Celebration of life service for Donna will be Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Carmen Christian Church. Burial will follow in Carmen City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Helena. Viewing will be Tuesday 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with family present 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Arubah Community Clinic through the funeral home.

Expressions from friends and relatives

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May this tribute bring comforting words and pleasant memories during this difficult time. It has been an honor serving your family.
Lanman Funeral Home Staff


Dear Rita & Family,
Please accept my condolences at the loss of your dear mother. I will be remembering you in my prayers.
Lynn Pendergraft


To Ms Donna's family,
I met Donna while working at Conway Regional Health System many years ago.  I took over her position as the Maintenance Secretary after she retired.  I loved Donna, everyone loved Donna at CRHS.  Donna loved camping and traveling in the camper, meeting new people.
I would check the mail, bring in the newspaper, water her plants when they'd be gone for a while.
I last saw Donna several years ago when she came to Conway to visit, I met her and Ms Polly for lunch.  We had so much fun catching up.
I feel very honored to say she was my friend.
Malinda Reedy


Rita & Family,
So sorry about your great loss.  She was a wonderful person that will be missed by all who knew & loved her.
You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.
Kay Bush


Donna was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever had the pleasure to know.  She was a delight to be around.  Her laughter and smile will always be remembered.  Loved her to pieces.
Janet Hendricks



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