Monday, May 2, 2016

Obituary: Donna L. York, 50, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE – Donna L. York, 50, passed away peacefully Sunday (May 1, 2016) at home after a courageous battle with cancer. She never gave up the fight. Donna was born on Sept. 19, 1965 in Houston, Tex. to Albert and Sandra (Longworth) Murray. She was a 1983 graduate of Nimitz High School in Houston.
She worked in administration at Alstom Preheater from 1987 until the present.
In addition to her father, Albert Murray of Middleburg, Fla., Donna is survived by her fiancé, LeRoy McGhee of Wellsville, whom she planned to marry as soon as her health would allow; a daughter, Crystal (Bill) Ferguson of Wellsville; two sons, Kyle York of Wellsville and Kurtis York of Philadelphia, Pa.; two step-daughters, Mandy (Jody Spotts) York of Wellsville and Mariah (Kyle) Vaughn of Bolivar; a step-son, Kash McGhee of Olean; four sisters, Lori (Sal Salvaggio) Rhein of Mastic Beach, Michelle (Tim) Foley of Spring, Tex., Amanda Webb of Jacksonville, Fla. and Anna Locascio of Ocala, Fla.; and three brothers, Daniel (Kathy) Longworth of Dothan, Ala., Michael South and Rick South, both of Fl.
Additionally, she is survived by her aunt and uncle, Donna and Gary Brown of Andover; three sisters-in-law, Deb (Ward) Votava of Hammondsport, Cindy (John) Flint of Almond and Sue (Steve) Gronski of Horseheads; five grandchildren, Tera Harrison, Michael Ferguson, Sandra Ferguson and Ezra Ferguson, all of Wellsville and Hollis Vaughn of Bolivar; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her mother, Sandra Longworth, she was predeceased by Michael York, the father of her children.
Donna devoted her life to taking care of people. Whether it was neighborhood children or her children’s friends, she “adopted” them as her own. In the words of her family, she was “the most selfless person ever”. At times she was outspoken with her motherly advice, saying what needed to be said. She loved her family dearly and strove to set the bar high.
“Flowers” as her closest friends called her, loved her flower and vegetable gardens; Iris’ being her favorite. As “Mama”, she was the football queen and family chauffeur, transporting and supporting all her children’s many activities. Donna loved to cook. She was famous for potato breakfast on Christmas and her “It Won’t Last Long” cake. Some of her children’s favorite memories are the family camping/fishing trips.
Donna was a past member of the Wellsville Loyal Order of Moose Lodge and the Wellsville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
There will be a time of visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Andover Fire Hall. Online condolences may be offered at
Memorial contributions in Donna’s name may be made to Allegany County Cancer Services, C/O Lori Ballengee, 100 South Highland Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895.