Donna Witherspoon-Clark, born January 14, 1968 in Niles, Michigan to Matthew Rice and Delores Witherspoon, transitioned from her earthly home to her spiritual home, with our father, January 18, 2021.
Donna was raised by her mother in Niles, MI until the age of twelve when she and her mother relocated to Dayton, OH. After graduating from Belmont High School in ’86, Donna grew to be very successful. She obtained several degrees including an Associates of Science in Respiratory Care from Kettering College of Medical Arts. Next, she went on to Wilberforce University to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree of Science. Finally, she ended her collegiate career with a Master’s Degree of Science and Administration from Central Michigan University.
Donna knew after her collegiate career that God had called her to achieve something greater than herself. She started her career as a Respiratory Therapist at Dayton Children’s. However, God was calling on her to do more. She didn’t hesitate to adhere to that call and went on to start fostering several young men in her home that needed stability, nurturing, and love. Her career eventually progressed to Corporate Education at Hospice of Dayton. However, even after this, God was still calling on her to do even more. If you knew Donna, she never missed a call from God. In 2013, Donna and Art went on to open Seeds4Life, a group home for underprivileged young men. A place where they could come and feel loved when they had no place else to turn. Seeds4Life is “a Gated Community without Walls”. Seeds4Life is committed to empowering youth and adolescents to achieve their highest potential through education, leadership skills, and self-respect. This ultimately leading to breaking the cycle of family abuse and neglect. Seeds4Life was Donna’s baby. There was never a waking moment where she wasn’t thinking of ways to improve her kids lives. She based her business on the scripture in Jeremiah 29:11, it reads: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future”.
There were several nights that Donna sacrificed time at home to spend day and night in the group home while she was building a reliable team to help her care for her boys. Seeds4Life grew to be very successful. Several young men would attest to the way Seeds4Life changed their lives for the better.
A few years later, believe it or not, God called on Donna to achieve even more. She went on to open four more buildings where she would continue to change lives all while still fostering children in her own home.
Donna was the definition of one of God’s servants. She spent early mornings talking to God and went through the day carrying out God’s mission.
Although Donna’s family may feel she left this earth too soon, we know that it was time for God to call her home. He had different plans for her. She will be dearly missed by all of her boys, staff, and family.
We know she will watch over us everyday and keep us safe. We will honor her by continuing her mission and changing people’s lives.
She wouldn’t want us to be afraid or sad. She knew that one day God was going to call his servant home to her reward. Now, she is with our father and has eternal peace.
We aim to touch as many lives as she has. She will forever be in our minds, spirits, and hearts.
Walk-through visitation 9-11 am Thursday, February 4, 2021 at the House of Wheat Funeral Home, Inc., 2107 N. Gettysburg Ave. Private Service. Pastor Scott Ritz of Northridge Wesleyan Church officiating. Interment Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.
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