Varnell (Nell) Donahue Schaeffner - age 85, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Holston Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was a member of the Church of God of the Union Assembly (Keith Avenue - Knoxville), Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee, Union County Historical Society, the O’Connor Senior Singers, and the Shannondale Singers. Her love for her children and family was exceptional.
She was a simple lady who lived simply and loved deeply.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Benton Donahue and
Azalee Merritt Donahue; husband, Donald A. Schaeffner; daughter,
Wynona Schaeffner Blake; brothers, James Radis Donahue, J C Donahue, Parnick Donahue, L T (Tommy) Donahue, Benton Donahue, and K O Donahue; great-grandchildren, Allen Gabriel Schaeffner, and
Destiny Faith Smith.
Survivors: children, Mary Jeffries, Allan Schaeffner, Kenny Schaeffner, and Kathleen Watson and husband Hal, 26 grandchildren, over 40 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren (with one on the way); siblings, Arillia Huff, Harold Donahue, Ann Hogg, Wayne Donahue and Raymond Donahue; special nephew, Kent Donahue and more than 30 other nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Stevens Mortuary Chapel with Reverend Rocky Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
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