|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1937|
|Death: ||Jul. 26, 2004|
Hays -- Donna L. Limes, 67, Hays, died July 26, 2004.
Mrs. Limes was born Donna L. Kelling on March 10, 1937 in Norton County. She was an office worker for Farmland Industries and Southwestern Bell.
Survivors include a sister, JoAn Rose of St. George, Utah.
The body was cremated and private burial will take place in the Logan Cemetery, Logan.
Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays 67601, is handling the arrangements.
Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), August 16, 2004
HAYS -- A lot of people in Hays knew that Donna Limes loved animals. But few people knew that Limes, a retired administrative assistant for Southwestern Bell, had saved $2.4 million and that when she died in 2004 she left it to the Humane Society of the High Plains.
"It was a big shock," said Rose Arnhold, president of the nonprofit organization in Hays.
The Humane Society board announced the gift Saturday at the organization's annual meeting in Hays.
Ken Havner, the attorney who handled the estate, said her gift to the Humane Society wasn't unusual, but what surprised everyone was the size of the gift.
"I knew Donna Limes 30 years, and she never gave any indication in any way that she had an estate of that size," he said.
Arnhold said the donation saved the organization.
"You can't imagine the collective sigh of relief," she said. "At that time, we were barely staying alive. The community was doing all it could to keep it running."
Limes spent most of her life working for the local phone company. She lived for a time in Topeka but moved back to Hays in the 1990s. Humane Society members knew Limes as an animal lover who would stop by the Virginia Miller Animal Shelter with supplies.
"She was very quiet, very unassuming," society secretary Marilyn Marshall said. "She lived very frugally, lived in a modest home and gave modest gifts to the Humane Society."
Few people in Hays knew of Limes' intentions.
"She never let on," Arnhold said.
The society had come to Limes' aid when her dog died. Judy Roscoe, then the executive director, helped Limes cope with her grief, according to a news release.
A picture of Limes with her dog, Ten, will grace the shelter lobby, and the board is working on a suitable memorial. Initially, the Humane Society will use funds for much-needed shelter upgrades.
"The board is very committed to being good stewards of the money, making sure the Hays area always has a Humane Society," she said."
(AP) Posted: Monday, May 01, 2006
contributed by Linda Jean Limes Ellis (#46864930)
HAYS — Donna L. Limes, 67, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at her home.
She was born March 10, 1937, in Norton County to Albert and Mary (Wallgren) Kelling.
She was a 1954 graduate of Logan High School and a graduate of Brown-Mackie, Salina.
She married Boyd Limes in 1960. They were divorced.
She was an office worker for Farmland Industries and Southwestern Bell prior to her retirement.
She is survived by a sister, JoAn Rose, St. George, Utah.
The body was cremated. A private burial will be held in the Logan Cemetery.
Brock's North Hill Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Hays Daily News (Hays, KS), August 15, 2004
Albert E Kelling (1911 - 1961)
Mary L Wallgren Kelling (1909 - 1989)
Pleasant View Cemetery
Plot: Sec B Row 17 Lot 9 Space 3
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Record added: Dec 01, 2012
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Thinking of you, Donna, and your beloved pet. You led a remarkable life. It has been my pleasure to research your life and learn of your generous donation to the Humane Society in Hays, Kansas. It was a wonderful gift and has been much appreciated. Th...(Read more)|
Linda Jean Limes Ellis
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