Donna Rena Brown, 58, of Beloit, Wisconsin, passed away at her home on Thursday, November 1, 2018.
Donna was born on August 6, 1960 in Beloit, the daughter of Reverend Charles Franklin and Annie Jay (Thomas) Hereford. She graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1978 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Donna was employed for many years as a phlebotomist at BioLife Plasma Services in Janesville, Wisconsin. She was previously employed for many years as a Certified Nurses Assistant. Donna was a talented and respected musician who was sought to play at church services, weddings, and funerals whenever her schedule allowed. She the church musician at Community Baptist Church in South Beloit, Illinois for over 30 years. Donna deeply loved her daughters and grandchildren. She enjoyed watching sports and making annual trips to watch her beloved Wisconsin Badgers. Donna loved The Lord and to sing His praise and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois.
Donna is survived by her daughters, Shatoya Evers of Rockford, and Anteisha (Akeem) Williams of Beloit; grandchildren, Ariea Evers, Ayden Edwards, and Azalea Williams; brothers, Franklin (Viola) Hereford Jr, and John (Joyce) Hereford both of Beloit; sisters, Annie (Alfred) Floyd, Jacqueline Purifoy both of Beloit, and Louise Purifoy of Rockford; so many special friends there are to many to name; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Reverend Charles Franklin and Annie Jay Hereford; and a brother, Larry Jay "Buddy" Hereford.
Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at New Zion Baptist Church, 1905 Mound Avenue, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511. Visitation is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening at Hansen-Gravitt Funeral Home, 424 Prospect Street, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Committal at Floral Lawn Cemetery in South Beloit, Illinois will follow the services. Online condolences can be shared at www.hansengravitt.com.