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Donna Boaz

Birth Date: December 31, 1928
Death Date: January 24, 2018

Donna M. Boaz, 89, of Decatur, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Donna was born December 31, 1928, in Vandalia, IL to Vallee R. and Dorothy (Kingston) Pacatte. She married Herbert Wayne Boaz on April 18, 1953 in Jefferson, Co. He passed away February 24, 1991. Donna helped establish the Stevenson Grade School Library. She loved cooking and was a well known chef in Vandalia.

She is survived by her son, Randall (Susan) Boaz of Decatur; and three sisters-in-law, Deane Pacatte of North Las Vegas, NV, Millie Blaylock of Assumption and Betty Howe of Ocala, FL.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Nick Pacatte and Carl Pacatte; and one sister, Nadine Pacatte.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Donna Boaz will be 1 p.m. Monday, January 29, 2018, at the Star of Hope Mausoleum in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday before the service. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.

The family of Donna Boaz is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Funeral Service
January 29, 2018
1:00 pm
Star of Hope Mausoleum / Graceland Cemetery
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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January 29, 2018
12:00 pm
- 1:00 pm
Star of Hope Mausoleum / Graceland Cemetery
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Randy,

    My condolences on the passing of your mother. May God be with you & Susan at your time of sorrow!

    Mike Austin

  2. Dear Randy, Susan and Family….The Culbertson Family of Vandalia is sending our thoughts and prayers to you on this sad day. When you said Donna Boaz, you immediately thought of her wonderful fried chicken at the Boaz Reunion. Thank you for sharing Donna with us. God Bless each one of you, and Cherish your Memories.

    Elaine Culbertson

  3. My Aunt Donna was always thinking of others, taking care of them, and often put their needs ahead of hers. I also remember my Aunt Donna and Aunt Millie would make the best fried chicken for the Boaz reunion, on par with Grandma Boaz's fried chicken.

  4. My aunt Donna was a hard working, gracious lady. I spent a few summer visits as a youngster and was always treated to a good time and great food. Sherel Horsley

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