Dona Akin

Dona M. Akin (Elias)

Wednesday, April 20th, 1927 - Saturday, April 13th, 2019
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Dona Marie (Elias) Akin, 91, died Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Peakview Assisted Living in Centennial CO. Dona was born April 20, 1927 to Henry and Caroline (Guthard) Elias in Mitchell, NE. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1945. She continued her education at Scottsbluff Jr. College and taught for a while at the Sioux Ordinance Depot outside of Sidney. On November 23, 1952, she married Bill Akin, which not only gave her a new husband, but an instant daughter, Kathy. Later, they added Steve, Alan, Chris, and Debbie; completing their family. In 1965, the family moved from Sidney to Casper, and finally to Denver in 1977. Dona enjoyed travelling, painting, ceramics, garage sales, and gambling. She delighted in being surrounded by her family. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, her parents, her step-father, Lloyd Root, and her brother, Hank Elias. Survivors include sons, Steve (Val) Akin, and Alan (Rhonda) Akin, daughters Kathy (Creg) Kottraba, Chris Akin, and Debbie (Dean) Schmeisser, 13 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Florine Elias and 2 nieces. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00, Thursday April 25, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sidney, with Father Mike McDermott officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Greenwood Ce/.metery. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of arrangements. The family asks that memorials may be made in Dona's name to Encompass Hospice.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Gehrig-Stitt Chapel
    1140 10th Avenue
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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    Friends may stop from 1-7:00 to sign Dona's register book and drop off condolences.
  • Service

    Thursday, April 25th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, April 25th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    1039 14th Avenue
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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    Father Mike McDermott
  • Interment

    Greenwood Cemetery
    530 Greenwood Rd.
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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Posted at 05:46am
My condolences to the family. Continue to let your fond memories of Dona warm your hearts. May you look forward to the fulfillment of God’s promise to resurrect our loved ones. “He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more... the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3, 4

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