Donis Colleen Willis was born on August 16, 1927 in Beckley, West Virginia to the late Rivers and Lula Jones. She departed this earthly journey on October 4, 2020.
Donis received her Associate’s Degree at New York City Community College and began her professional career as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked in various departments within the hospital throughout her career including: Emergency Room, Psychiatric, Neonatal ICU, and Newborn Nursery. She also worked as a private duty nurse providing one on one care for patients.
Early in life, Donis married the love of her life, the late Alfredo Lopez. During this marriage, Donis gave birth to two beautiful children, Antonea Denene and Miguel Alexandro. Later in life, Donis married the late John Willis. During this marriage, Donis gave birth to one son, John Ernest.
Donis was a strong believer in the importance of academics and was also a supporter of the Arts. She always had a passion for music and dance and attended the Katherine Dunham School of Dance in New York City.
Donis was a member of the Prince Hall Order of the Eastern Stars of New York and was active in community service and charity events.
To know Donis was to love her. She was full of vibrant energy and enjoyed a good laugh at every opportunity.
Donis leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Miguel Jones and John (Joan) Willis; one daughter, Antonea (Steven) Palmer; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; extended family members, Shirley Belton and Sarah Palmer; and a host of loving relatives and friends.
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