Ada — Donna Sue Van Tassel, 69, of Ada, died Monday, April 7, 2014. No services are planned at this time. She was born Aug. 8, 1944, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Harry and Juanita Edith Winters Miller. She graduated high school in Kerman, Calif.
Ms. Van Tassel lived in Bakersfield, Calif., for 27 years before moving to Oklahoma in 2003. She and Kenneth Van Tassel were married in 1963. He preceded her in death March 26, 2013.
Survivors include two daughters, Dawnett Smith of Ada, and Kelli Ashford and her husband, Doug, of Kingman, Ariz.; life partner, Gerald Birt, of the home; brother-in-law, Bob Van Tassel of Flippin, Ark.; brother-in-law, P.R. “Shorty” Hickingbottom of Brawley, Calif.; sister-in-law, Wanda Randall of Bull Head City, Ariz.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Odis Dunn; sister, Betty Dunn; nephew, Bill Dunn; sister-in-law, Deloris Van Tassel; sister-in-law, Loretta Hickingbottom; and husband, Kenneth Van Tassel.