She was born in Pulaski, the daughter of Ruth Mozella Denny Pennington and the late Robert Lee Pennington, Sr.
Donna was a member of the Dublin High School Class of 1972. After high school, she attended college at New River Community College where she received an associates degree in business. After college, she spent time in many different fields of work including the local utilities office, Jefferson Mills, and AT&T. After having her son, Martin, Donna stayed at home to raise her two children but was still involved in managing many different projects.
She managed a farm for several years including horses and a large herd of angus cattle and then managed rental property. She was a lover of art and even opened her own art business, Baterby’s, in Florida, that sold art from world renowned artists to locally created pieces. Her final projects involved managing her father’s real estate portfolio with her siblings and remodeling her home in Blacksburg.
She loved going to music concerts and theatrical plays and dancing the night away under the stars with friends. Donna was coined “Mama D” by her son, Adam, and the nickname was quickly adopted by her children’s friends. She was so thankful for Adam’s sense of humor, which made the difficult times so much easier for her to bear. She fought her disease with dignity and grace, never letting on how much pain and suffering she endured and was forever concerned about those around her being inconvenienced or hurt.
She was preceded in death by her father and her son, Martin Gregory Kirk.
Survivors include her mother, Ruth Pennington; a daughter, Kellie Banks Artrip (Adam); grandchildren Olivia and Elijah Artrip; a stepson, Julian Kirk (Kristin) and their children, Tennyson, Siske Mae, Ever, and Estella; a sister, Patricia Lindsey (Allan); a brother, Bobby Pennington, Jr. (Vicky); and many other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford. Memorial services will begin at 2 p.m. with Larry Ferguson officiating. The Artrip family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.