Donna Mary Kimmery

May 15, 1938


January 21, 2021

Donna Mary Kimmery

May 15, 1938


January 21, 2021

Donna Mary Kimmery went to heaven on angel’s wings on Jan. 21, 2021, after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was born in Romulus, Michigan, on May 15, 1938, the eldest daughter of Helen and Ralph Nichols. She attended school in Byron, Michigan, and graduated in 1956. She went on to Nursing School at Grand Rapids Mercy School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. She retired from St. Vincent’s Hospital after a long career in Labor and Delivery where she brought over 3000 lives into the world.

On June 6, 1959, she married James (Jim) Kimmery. Together they had three daughters: Terrie (Wilford) Romero of Coos Bay, Oregon, Veronica Fletcher of Billings, and Melanie Kimmery (Paul Freeman) of Wasilla, Alaska. Unfortunately, their marriage dissolved in 1981, and Donna concentrated on her faith, her daughters and her work. Her family grew with the addition of her beloved grandchildren: Ashlea (Daniel) Yenor of Slinger, Wisconsin, Christopher Fletcher of Billings, Emmalee (Joshua) Anderson of Billings and Andrew Hlebechuk of Wasilla, Alaska, and her three precious great-granddaughters Baylea, Natalee and Carleigh-Donna of Slinger, Wisconsin.

In her career as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, she was the President of the Western Chapter of the Association of Women’s Health and Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing. She was a Parish Nurse at St. Thomas for several years before completely retiring from nursing. She enjoyed her family, her church family, solving puzzles and many crafts.

Her faith was very important to her and she was a member of St. Thomas Parish for 46-½ years. She made her Cum Christo in 2004 and has greatly enjoyed being a Fourth Dayer and participating in the Cum Christo weekends and meetings ever since. She loved nothing more than to share her faith with her family, friends and strangers, and bringing people to discover the richness of Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Walter; her infant grandson, Antonio James; her ex-husband James Kimmery; brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Sally Clapp; brother-in-law, Richard Root; her parents; grandparents; aunts and uncles; her best friend, Brownie Greene; and other dear friends who have left us too soon. She is survived by her daughters, Terrie and her husband Wil, Veronica and Melanie and her husband Paul; her grandchildren, Ashlea, Christopher, Emmalee and Andrew, her great-granddaughters, Baylea, Natalee and Carleigh-Donna; her brother, Keith (Diana) of Fairbanks, Alaska; her sister, Katheryn of Byron, Michigan; Jacquline (Harry) Brown of Greenbrier, Arkansas, and Charles (Jan) Nichols of Miramar Beach, Florida; 13 nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews; “adopted” children who were brought home as strays, Curtis Clark of Beaver, Ohio, and Elizabeth Burnette of Newbern, North Carolina; and many more friends, too many to mention.

She was a wonderful mother, nurse, grandma, aunt and friend. She was loved by all and will be sorely missed. We love you, Mama, G-ma and GG.

Her visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave., with the vigil service following at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, also at Michelotti-Sawyers. Her funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Big Sky Cum Christo,
P.O. Box 94, Billings, MT 59103. Contact Jeffrey Melugin at 406-446-4357.

A livestream of the service will be available at

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  1. Dear Kimberly girls and family, I met Donna when I was a young nurse in OB. Donna took me under her wing and made sure that I became a great L&D nurse and a great all around nurse. I worked with her for 15 years before moving out of state. I still talk about how that was a great job and how I still have wonderful friends and memories from 40 years ago. I did reach out to Donna a few years ago when I heard she had breast cancer. We traded a few letters and she reminded me that she loved to make me laugh so I would cry. I still do that. We also reminisced about all the fun times in L&D. I just wanted you to know that I appreciated every thing Donna did for me many years ago. I was truly saddened when I heard of her passing and I did cry. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Sue Zeeck


    Am so sorry that the Lord took her away,but she is with the Lord, I remember her when I was working at the hospital in Housekeeping,she was a wonderful person,🙏🙏🙏🙏


    My condolences goes out to family,she will be missed,I knew her when I was working at the hospital in Housekeeping,she was an awesome lady🙏🙏

  4. I worked with Donna in Labor and Delivery for many years, and we had many laughs, and she was a great teacher as well! She and Brownie will be happy to see each other again for sure. Hugs and love to her family at this tough time.

  5. To Donna’s family – My condolences for you at this time of loss. Many years ago, as a young nurse at St Vincent, I joined the first group of nurses to become Flight Nurses on the helicopter ambulance. My experience did NOT include OB/L&D, other than the small amount in school. I was terrified that I would get an OB flight before I could get more experience. I tell you all of this because – I want to have you know how much Donna helped me! The solution for me was to work nights, and go to OB where Donna was working, to learn as much through hands on with her as I could. Donna was wonderful – such a great person and nurse! She was so knowledgeable, calm, compassionate – both to her patients AND me! And I remember many laughs as well during those quiet times when she would instruct by telling me about challenges she had lived through and learned from. She did cherish her family – please know that I just admired her a lot, appreciated her, and I know that you were lucky to have such a great mom/grandmom! My thoughts and prayers for you at this time! Pat Laufmann

  6. Donna was a full-time night nurse when I started working at St Vs 29 years ago. She took me under wing, helping me learn the routines of labor and delivery. She was a fountain of knowledge and I missed her greatly when she retired. We shared many stories but I admired her most for laying aside her hurt and anger over the divorce, and inviting Jim and Loy to holiday mears for her family’s sake. She was truly a great lady!

  7. Ms. Donna, I enjoyed working with you in Labor and Delivery. You are a very loving lady and it showed so often. Prayers for your family in their time of loss.

  8. Donna was one of the very best. Much of how I currently practice my nursing foundations I learned from her. I will forever love a pair of Birkenstock’s….

  9. Tom and Cindy Shorts

    Melanie, Terry and Vickie
    We loved your mom and always looked forward to seeing her smile and her great sense of humor! We will always treasure the memories of the Thanksgiving we spent together. Just know she is there with you on the other side of the vail. She can hear you and will send little through out the years that she is in fact still there with you.
    Melanie you are my girl and you are such an important part of our family. ❤️
    Tom & Cindy Shorts
    Jason Hlebechuk
    Kris Hlebechuk
    Heidi Hlebechuk

  10. Donna always had a welcoming smile and a big hug whenever we met. She just made you feel so loved. Even through all of her chemo, she always thought of what other people were going through. She was definitely a crusader for the Cum Christo and always involved in one way or another. Our prayers are with you all that you will find comfort in knowing that she is in the arms of Jesus and no longer in pain. May our Lord bring you all peace.

    Jeff and Lucy Melugin

  11. For those of you wishing to give a memorial in lieu of flowers, we now have an address:
    Big Sky Cum Christo
    P.O. Box 94
    Billings, MT 59103

  12. Terrie, Melanie and Vicky,
    As you might imagine, it was a difficult decision regarding whether to travel to be with you all at this time. While we opted not to, we were able to view the lovely mass. We are sorry for your loss. Aunt Donna was one of a kind, and she will be missed terribly. We know that the memories of the good times will sustain us all as we go through this difficult time.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Michelle (Nichols) and Marc Harlow

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