Donna Kay Best Buchanan


Donna Kay Best Buchanan, 70, of Mercer, passed away, surrounded by loving family, at Avalon Springs Nursing Home in Mercer on Thursday (Aug. 22, 2019), following an extended illness.
She graduated from Grove City High School in 1967 and received an associate's degree in 2011 from the Erie Business Center South.
She worked as a bookkeeper and secretary for a number of small businesses in the area, including The Mercer Forge, The Mercer Green House, The Chapel at Mercer and Elite Firearms.
She was a member of The Chapel at Mercer, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Mercer VFW Wilbur Rhodes Post 6345 and the Mercer American Legion Post 159.
She enjoyed working with ceramics and watching game shows.
She married William Lee Buchanan on Aug. 23, 1972, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 2018.
Survivors include: her son, Richard A. (Debra) Buchanan of Mercer; sister, Marilyn R. (Terry) Gabig of Mercer; grandchildren, Kyle T., Brandon A. and Jordyn V. Buchanan; and a goddaughter, Tracy Connelly of Ferndale, Mich.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Donald George Best and Elizabeth Christena Ryhal Best.
Donna graciously donated her body for anatomical study and research through Humanity Gifts Registry.

Donna Kay Best, 70, of Mercer.
Calling hours: None.
Service: A memorial service to celebrate her life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday (9-7-19) at The Chapel at Mercer, 300 S. Pitt St., Mercer, with Pastor David Robinson presiding.
Arrangements by SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1778 Perry Hwy., Volant.
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Published on August 23, 2019
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3 posts

Sally Fink Baxter
Sep 14, 2019
Donna and I were friends in Elementary, Junior, and Senior High School. We even went to see the Beatles together in 1964 when they came to Pittsburgh and screamed with the rest of the crazy teenage girls. However, after graduation our lives went in different directions and we lost contact. But Donna has never left my thoughts. So many sweet childhood memories. Blessings and warm wishes and love to her family.
Tricia Matzel, Cheryl Greaves, Pat Burkhart
Aug 26, 2019
I have known Miss Donna my whole life, she was my grandma's dearest friend. She was a a wonderful lady and we were lucky to have known her and Mr. Bill.
Billie Malinski
Aug 25, 2019
Love, thoughts and prayers. My heart hurts for you all.