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Donna J. (Eccles) Pickett

Born: Sat., Jun. 10, 1933
Died: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Aug. 28, 2018
Location: Sheridan United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Wed., Aug. 29, 2018
Location: Sheridan First Methodist Church

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Donna Jo Pickett

June 10, 1933 - August 22, 2018

Donna Jo Pickett, 85, of Sheridan, IN; passed away on August 22, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Donna was born on June 10, 1933 to the late John Kyle and Frances Mae (Stevenson) Eccles in Columbus, Wisconsin.

Donna was a graduate of the Whiteland High School class of 1951. After graduating, Donna was employed at the Bell Telephone Company where she worked in the accounting department.  Donna later took a position with the Dragoo Tax Office in Sheridan.  It was there that she delighted in her visits with the client’s she served. Donna also worked in the Sheridan Community Schools cafeteria for many years. She enjoyed interacting with all of the students on a daily basis. Prior to retirement, she held the position of Co-Owner and Office Manager for Pickett X-Ray. However, being a homemaker and taking care of her family was the job that she loved the most.

Donna was very involved in her community. She was the longest active member of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority in Sheridan. Donna was a member of the Sheridan Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary for over 30 years. Donna served as her children’s Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader.  Donna and her loving husband, Jim, were active members of the Sheridan First United Methodist Church for 50 plus years. She used her gifts and talents as a member of the Mission Committee and Koinonia Women’s Circle along with the Financial Committee and Greeter Committee at church. You could often find her serving the community; she enjoyed assisting with the Sheridan First United Methodist Church Lunch Club.  She also regularly assisted with an annual fund-raising event at the church (Coal Supper).  Within the community, she helped deliver Meals on Wheels for 29 years and volunteered at the Sheridan Historical Society for nearly 30 years. Donna and Jim enjoyed playing cards and spending time with their friends in their euchre club that met regularly for 60 years.

Donna and her husband Jim were married on April 24, 1955 in Greenwood, IN and have been at each other’s side for over 63 loving years. Both Donna and Jim cherished serving their community and their faith.

Donna and Jim’s greatest accomplishment was their loving family of four children; Linda (Judy Graham) Pickett of Sheridan, Dr. Jay (Nancy) Pickett of Texas, Janice (Jeff) Millikan of Sheridan, and daughter, Beth Welch, who preceded Donna in death in 2008. Donna was devoted grandmother to Chris Pickett of Texas, Dr. Stephen (Laura) Pickett of Texas, Dr. Grant (Dr. June) Pickett of Texas, Kelly (Jonathan) Billiot of Texas, Matt (Stacey) Millikan of Noblesville, Dylan (Nicole) Millikan of California, Emma Millikan of Sheridan, Garrett Welch of Sheridan, and Owen Welch of Indianapolis. Donna was a proud great-grandmother to Cohen Billiot, James Pickett, Sophia, Sarah and Megan Millikan. Donna is also survived by her beloved sister Dianne Willian of Oregon, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Donna will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Sheridan First United Methodist Church, 207 E. 2nd St. Sheridan, Indiana. Calling will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 4-8 pm at Sheridan First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Carol Fritz will be officiating Donna’s funeral services. Following the funeral, Donna will be laid to rest at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan.

In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to Phi Beta Psi Sorority “Donna Pickett Memorial Fund” c/o Mrs. Sandy Moore, Treasurer, 1536 W. State Road 38, Sheridan, IN  46069 or Sheridan First United Methodist Church “Mission Fund” 207 East 2nd Street, Sheridan, Indiana 46069.


Online condolences: fisherfunerals@hotmail.com. Fisher Family Funeral Services is honored to serve the Pickett Family.



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Charles Baird
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
Jim and family sorry for your loss, several years ago I did some work on the house and got to know Donna, it was always a good day to work there.

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