Donna J. Hieb

Memorial services for Donna J. Hieb, 86, of Chamberlain were Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the United Church of Christ in Chamberlain. Visitation was Monday with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the United Church of Christ in Chamberlain. Burial of the ashes will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established. Donna Joan Derby was born on November 9, 1931 to Orie and Sophie Derby in Chamberlain SD. She was the younger of two daughters. She lived in Chamberlain and attended Chamberlain High School where she was active in vocal music and play productions. As a young girl and through high school she spent many hours working at the Derby Café, a well-known establishment owned by her parents and grandparents. Donna met her husband, Ervin Hieb in high school. They were united in marriage on November 2, 1950. Donna and Ervin made their home southwest of Reliance, SD in Lyman County where Ervin farmed. Donna was the “city” girl that moved to the country. Some predicted she would not survive; instead she thrived. With the help of Ervin and her mother-inlaw, she learned the ways of country life by canning, raising chickens and ducks, gardening and more! After the death of her father, her mother, Sophie Derby (famous pie baker) spent time at the farm with her perfecting the art of pie and pastry baking. Later she joined Ervin in operating gas stations in Reliance and Chamberlain. In 1999, she and Ervin built a home in Chamberlain, where she lived the remainder of her life. Donna was a member of the United Church of Christ. She was active with her church circle and various organizations. She looked forward to lunch with her good friends every Sunday after church and visits from her family. Donna loved cooking and baking for others. She always had a freezer full of homemade treats, and made baking a fresh pie or preparing a meal on demand look easy. No one left Donna’s home hungry! Gratefully sharing her life are her husband Ervin of 68 years; her children Curtis (Suzanne) of Chamberlain, SD and Patricia (Ulises) of Pierre, SD; grandchildren Chris (Lindsey), Andy (Desirae), Wendy (Matt) and Brian (Brittny) as well five great grandsons. She loved being a grandmother and especially enjoyed each of her great grandsons: Henry (6), Charlie (3), Jack (3 months), Miles (20 months) and Nolan (19 months). Donna passed away on July 4, 2018 at Sanford Hospital in Chamberlain, at the age of 86. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Violet.

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