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 https://www.worldvision.org/donate or Samaritan’s Purse at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/donate-online/
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.