Donna Teresa Ellis Trewitt © Trout Funeral Home & Crematory 03-2021 Submitted by: Glenn
July 30, 1947 - March 17, 2021
Donna Teresa Trewitt, 73, of Ponca City, Oklahoma, left this life on March 17, 2021. Donna was born July 30, 1947 in Henryetta, Oklahoma, to Donald Hatley Ellis and Katherine Lucille (Krafft) Ellis. When she was three years of age, the family moved from Schulter to Okmulgee, where she grew up and graduated high school. She attended East Central University at Ada for three years before withdrawing for financial reasons. She was a charter member of Zeta Theta Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha at East Central, founded in 1966. Years later, now a divorced, single mother with two young children in tow, she returned and completed her studies at East Central, graduating in 1980 with a degree in accounting. She passed the arduous three-day CPA exam on her first sitting, one of only four percent of those who sat for the exam to do so at that time.
Donna moved to Ponca City to work for Farm Fresh, Inc. She worked for several businesses during her career, including Baskin, Hadley & Associates; Tyson Foods; Pioneer Equipment Rental and Supply; and Air System Components. She also had her own business doing accounting and consulting. Donna retired May 13, 2016 as Controller of Evans & Associates. She was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants.
On May 28, 1983 she married Michael Collins Trewitt, Jr., at Saint Mary’s Church in Ponca City. They made their home in Blackwell, where he worked as an associate attorney for James R. Rodgers. In 1988 they returned to Ponca City and established their current home.
Donna was an active member in the community and assisted wherever she saw a need. She volunteered for many charitable organizations. She was a past member of Professionals Today, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and an active member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church. Donna was a graduate of Leadership Ponca City in 2001. She served as a director for Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and as Partner in Education representative for Evans & Associates for Lincoln Elementary School. Donna served for twelve years as a director for Domestic Violence Program of North Central Oklahoma (now Survivors Resource Network) and was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of the current shelter. She was a director of United Way of Ponca City, where she served for six years as chair of the Allocations Committee. Donna was a founding member, treasurer and director of Friends of Marland’s Grand Home Museum Foundation, where she served for twenty-four years. In 2006 she was the first recipient of the Eastman National Bank Exceptional Citizen Award as “a local citizen finding ways to make the community a better place for our citizens.” She also was featured in an article “Volunteers - Backbone of a Great Community” by Louise Abercrombie in The Ponca City News as an example of those who “go forth to make the community better.” In February 2013 The Rotary Foundation named her a Paul Harris Fellow for her philanthropic work. In 2018 she was nominated for the Volunteer of the Year award of the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition to community service, Donna’s interests included genealogy and building web sites.
Donna is survived by her husband, Michael, of the home; daughter Teresa (Teri) Wheat of Ozark, Missouri; son Christopher Hesler of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; grandsons Andrew Wheat of Ozark, Missouri, and Hunter Hesler of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; granddaughters Sarah Wheat of Ozark, Missouri, and Laney Hesler of Stillwater, Oklahoma; brothers William Ellis and wife Susan of Longmont, Colorado, and Mark Ellis and wife Susan of Bellingham, Washington; sisters Catherine Cleveland and husband Paul of Birmingham, Alabama, and Jeanne Martin and husband Stephen of Norman, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Cheryl Cassady and husband Michael of Arlington, Texas; and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Rosary Ceremony will take place at 7:00 PM, Friday, March 26, 2021, at Trout Funeral Home Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 27, 2021, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment will immediately follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Face masks are required. Those unable to attend the Funeral Ceremony, may attend virtually on the Trout Funeral Home website, www.troutfuneralhome.com and click on the live-stream or toolbar icon on the top right corner after 9:45 AM.
Pallbearers are Hunter Hesler, Andrew Wheat, Stephen Martin, Michael Cassady, Patrick Mulligan, William Guebelle and Larry John King. Honorary pallbearers are William Ellis, Mark Ellis, Paul Cleveland and Marek Marasch.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Friends of Marland’s Grand Home, United Way of Ponca City, or Ponca City Rotary Club Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory, 505 W. Grand Ave, Ponca City, OK 74601.
Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home and Crematory, 505 W. Grand Ave., Ponca City, OK 74601.
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