In Loving Memory

Dona Cronenberg

August 28, 1954 - July 20, 2020


On July 20, 2020, Dona Lynn Biggers Cronenberg left this world and entered Heaven.  She is now in the presence of God.

Dona was born in Mobile, Alabama on August 28, 1954.  She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Henderson Biggers and her mother, Dorothy Davidson Biggers.  She gave her life to Christ at an early age and maintained her faith and love for Him up until her passing.  She graduated from Murphy High School, attended Mobile College Nursing School and went on to become a Registered Nurse.  On August 17, 1974, she married John M. Cronenberg.  Over the next 46 years, Dona became mother to two amazing daughters, mother-in-law to their husbands whom she loved dearly, five grandchildren that were born during her lifetime, and one grandchild that was born just two days after her passing.

Taken too soon, Dona touched many people over her life.  Those she worked with, those who knew her from church, friends and all those in her family valued her compassion, love, sense of humor and dedication to work and family.  She was born to be a nurse.  Some of the people touched most significantly were the patients she cared for during her 44 year career.  She considered herself a “Patient’s Advocate” and her work ethic was proof of that calling.  Over her long career, she was moved by the gratitude expressed by so many she cared for and worked with.  She retired in October of 2019 and was able to enjoy that retirement in a home located close to her family with a beautiful view of Dog River framed by magnificent live oaks.  Everyone knew it was really all about being close to her precious grandchildren.  Her grandchildren called her Dee Dee and they returned her affections every time she was with them.

She was also called to be a wife, mother, grandmother and was a devoted daughter to her parents.  Her children and grandchildren were the joy of her life and anyone who knew her, or even casually met her, was aware of that.  She never met a stranger, which her family teased her about, and has left a community of family, friends and co-workers devastated by the loss.

She leaves behind her husband, John M. Cronenberg, oldest daughter Lauren C. Self (Adam) and their children, John Greyson Self, Henry Fielder Self and Amelia Grace Self, her youngest daughter Whitney C. Hunter (Kevin) and their children Ephraim Grant Hunter, Rowan Elijah Hunter and Graham Bennett Hunter and many other family members who will all miss her deeply.

Due to the virus and Dona’s deep and justified concern for those she loved, we are going to postpone a memorial service until a vaccine is available and the threat of infection has greatly diminished.  Our plans are to have a memorial service to celebrate her life on April 3, 2021, the day before Easter which was her favorite holiday.  We will be communicating the details of that memorial celebration as plans evolve. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to World Vision at or Samaritan’s Purse at

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.



  1. Jett and Mary Joyce freeman

    We are praying for your family. Such a beautiful person. We have sweet memories from East pointe, especially the family singing the special music.

  2. Sue Pearson

    John, Lauren, Whitney and family: I’m so very sorry for your loss. Dona was such a lovely person. I always enjoyed her when I would visit you all with Beanie. Know that I am praying peace and comforter for you from our Sovereign Lord.

  3. Patti Austin

    To John, Lauren, and Whitney,

    I loved Dona. Her death is simply heartbreaking to me. I will make a summer tomato sandwich in her honor today. She made them for me many times, even peeled the tomatoes though I told her that was SO unnecessary. She peeled tomatoes for all of you, too, even though it was unnecessary. That was our Dona. When she loved she didn’t even consider that simple action as extra work; she did it because she loved us. I will keep my friend in my heart and mind in the coming days. Please know how very sorry I am for your loss and your grief.

  4. Joan & Bob Symes

    John, Lauren & Whitney,
    Please accept my sincere condolences. I was shocked & saddened when I heard about Dona’s sudden passing. She was so excited about moving across the bay and having everyone close to each other. I pray God will comfort you as only He can.

    Joan Symes, your dog walking neighbor at 18 Signal Hill

  5. Robin Brinker

    I first met Dona when we were in the 4th grade. We kept in touch through out the years. Lauren, I remember when your mom and I got you and my daughter, Meredith, together when you were newborn babies. In the last couple of years we would run into each other at the grocery and catch up on all of our news. The last time we met we vowed that the next available day we would get together for lunch. We were both so busy that we never did meet for that lunch and I am so very sorry that we didn’t. Dona was a sweet, wonderful lady. When I learned of her passing away I had only one comforting thought and that was that without a doubt she was ready to meet her Lord and Savior. I know that you will miss her terribly but take comfort in the fact that she will be waiting for you all in Heaven. I am so very sorry for this loss. You will all continue to be in my prayers as you go through the coming days.

  6. Faye Holden Smith

    My Heart has been so heavy with the news of Losing My Friend Dona. No doubt We will meet again on That Day. With so many
    conversations over the years about Her Precious Family, all of which She Loved Dearly. Much Love to You John, Lauren and Whitney, as well as Those Babies She Loved So. Will continue to Pray for You All..

  7. Bryan & Susan Hahn

    We were so saddened and stunned to hear of Dona’s death. Our backyards in Westlawn backed up to each other when we were children and we played together so long ago. Later we were in the young couples group together at Sage Avenue Baptist church, had our babies together, and began raising them as the next young generation moving forward, as our fathers and mothers had done with us years earlier. We have all grown, moved and scattered since then, but have always kept our fond memories. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, John, Lauren & Whitney. Time is a gift and in time, may you find your way to peace and the healing of your hearts. Fondly, Bryan & Susan Hahn, Port Angeles, WA

  8. Glen and Gayle Earnest

    John, love and prayers for you and the family. Dona was a very special lady and will be missed by many.

  9. A W Ferguson Sr

    Ann, Vickie, Kathy and I wish to offer our sincerest condolences to you and your family on the loss of Dona. Our prayers are with you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

  10. Amy Jacobs and family

    My heart has been so heavy these last few weeks receiving updates on Mrs. Dona. What a precious lady heaven received in her! She was a dear friend to my mama even before I was born and remained that throughout her lifetime! Over the years I would hear stories of times with the Cronenberg’s and little sayings Mrs. Dona has taught my mama. I have a treasure of a daygown that Mrs. Dona sewed for me when I was a baby and my daughter also got to wear. I will treasure it as an earthly token of her love, her love for others and Christ! She will be greatly missed on this earth by her friends, family and sweet husband. I love this sweet family and am grateful for their friendship and love for Christ!

  11. Susanne & Ken Heck

    Dear John and Family,

    Ken and are so sad to ear of Donas passing. I remember sitting next to her and was her typing partner at Davidson. We had some interesting times there. John, we are thinking of you and hope times will be better for you and your family soon.

    Ken and Susanne Heck


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