Donna J. Emmons, of West Des Moines, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center. Born on July 5, 1925 in Waterloo, to Forrest G. and Nell (Woodrum) Emmons, Donna was an only child. She graduated from Des Moines North High School, received a BME degree in 1948. Prior to teaching in Des Moines she taught vocal music in Algona, and Alta. Her first teaching assignment in Des Moines was Benjamin Franklin Junior High. She resigned that position to join the U.S. State Department with Foreign Service assignments at the Consulate General in Zurich, Switzerland and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Teaching was never far from her heart so after eight years of serving abroad, she returned to Des Moines to resume teaching vocal music at her high school alma matter, North High. She later transferred to and retired from Herbert Hoover High School after a total of thirty-two years of teaching vocal music.
Upon retirement, she became a member of the Des Moines Women's Club and served twice as Club President. There she stayed active in music by forming a women's chorus that performed for club events. She was an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota for over sixty years, Treble Clef Music Club, and PEO Chapter EH as well as Des Moines Women's Club. Through the years she directed choirs in many Des Moines churches and sang in various church choirs.