COLUMBIANA, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Donna Jean M. Waggoner, 81, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, January 21, 2022, at Hospice of the Valley’s Hospice House.
Donna Jean, who many affectionately call “Dee”, was born on September 7, 1940 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Leonard and Josephine Mamone Panella.
She was a graduate of Struthers High School, Class of 1959 and after graduation she went to New York to train as a flight attendant.
In June 1960, she married Richard Liddle and they moved to Yuma, Arizona, where he was stationed in the United States Marines. While in Arizona, they welcomed twin sons, Richard and Jeffrey, in 1963. After her husband’s military service, they returned to the Youngstown area and welcomed another son, Christopher. In 1975 Dee and Richard divorced and she later married Jack W. Wagoner in December 1977.
Dee had a big heart for all animals, especially dogs and horses, and was good at caring for them. For many years she ran a dog grooming business out of her home in Poland and later worked in several local pet stores as a veterinary assistant. Dee was a longtime member of the American Kennel Club and enjoyed showing off his dogs. Also a rider, Dee loved going to horse shows and fairs with her son, Chris. His other interests included visiting casinos, especially in Las Vegas and tending to his flower and herb garden.
Dee is survived by her husband, Jack; sons, Richard Liddle of Poland, Jeff (Cindy) Liddle of San Antonio, Texas and Christopher (Julie) Liddle of Poland; brother, Leonard Panella, Jr., of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren, Jessica (Derek) Wilson of San Antonio, Texas, Mary Liddle of Poland, Julia Liddle of Poland, Kate Liddle of Poland and nephews, Todd (Jennell) Panella of Denver, Colorado and Scott (Meg) Panella of Louisville, Kentucky.
In addition to her parents, Dee was predeceased by her former husband, Richard Liddle.
Family and friends will be received on Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 9:15 a.m. until time of prayer service at 10:15 a.m., at Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 North Main Street, Poland.
A Christian funeral mass will follow Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Sainte-Famille church.
Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery.
In honor of Dee’s love of animals, memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in her name to an animal rescue of the donor’s choice.
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