Donna Lynn Whipple Duell, 68, of Loucks Mills, passed away January 15, 2022, at UPMC Cole in Coudersport, PA, with her family by her side.\n\nDonna was born to Arnold and Wilda (Robinson) Whipple on March 5, 1953, in Wellsboro, PA. Growing up on a pony/horse (and eventually beef cattle) farm in Wellsboro endeared her to a lifelong love of horses. She loved going to horse shows, riding or driving horses in the PA State Laurel Festival, and playing in the hay mows, fields, and creek on the farm. She loved spending time with her younger sister, biking up the road to Hills Creek State Park and sledding down the farm hill in the winter. At a young age, Donna gave her life to Christ at a Child Evangelism Fellowship VBS at Independent Bible Church in Wellsboro. From the age of seven, she also attended Pennwood Bible Camp every summer. It was there she met Leon Duell and knew from the age of 14 that she would marry him! Donna was a proud Wellsboro Hornet; affectionately known to teammates as “Whip,” she was an avid basketball player. An outgoing and natural-born leader, she served as student council president her senior year. Her sense of adventure was sparked by being the co-pilot alongside her dad when the family took a month-long trip West to the Pacific in their truck camper. Upon graduation, she attended Baptist Bible College & Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA, before marrying her childhood sweetheart and the love of her life, Leon. Their wedding took place at Charleston Baptist Church in Wellsboro on August 26, 1972, with a reception held at the family farm.\n\nDonna and Leon built their first home in West Pike, just outside of Galeton, and served together as youth leaders at First Baptist Church of Galeton. As their family began to grow and needed more space, they moved and built another home not far away in Loucks Mills. Donna enjoyed making her house a home inside and out. Her creativity was evident in the things she designed and sewed, from curtains to matching outfits for her children. She enjoyed decorating, flower and vegetable gardening, canning, cross-stitch, and crochet. Donna excelled at hospitality and loved to set a pretty table when she hosted. In the years she served as a pastor’s wife, she loved planning fellowship events, teaching children, and taking on various church projects, along with being an involved parent in her children’s Christian school. She helped raise chickens, pigs, and an occasional steer on their "farmette," and she especially enjoyed the riding or driving the horses the family owned. She also enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming, and waterskiing.\n\nFor 25 years, Donna served as an ABWE missionary alongside her husband, Leon, spending 16 of those years assisting nationals in church planting and providing theological education in Ukraine and Russia, before returning stateside to mission work in Oklahoma and Alaska. Although it was often difficult for her to learn Russian and be separated from family, she followed where the Lord led them abroad, and touched many lives in the process. She and Leon recently retired from missions in 2020 after being involved in Dimond Boulevard Baptist Church in Anchorage, Alaska. She served as church secretary during her time there and was involved with women’s Bible studies, teaching children, and co-hosting ESL classes. Over the years, Donna wrote a lot of poetry and recorded vivid stories about her experiences. Initially uncertain about public speaking, she came to be a sought-after speaker for women’s events and retreats, sharing humorous stories, wisdom and insight gained through her study of Scripture and life experiences.\n\nDonna loved all seasons, but particularly fall and crisp, cold winters. She enjoyed travel and photography. Her adventurous spirit was evident not only in her international trips with Leon, but also in the day trips she took with friends; she often acted as “tour guide,” showing visiting friends and family the various sights in Alaska. From Kodiak, to Homer and Seward, the Kenai, Talkeetna, and most recently, Iliamna, Donna delighted in Alaskan scenery; she loved sunrises and would get up early in order to photograph landscapes at picturesque points. Locally, she especially loved the fall scenery in the Potter and Tioga area.\n\nFondly remembered by family for saying, “Anticipation!” in response to anything they might be impatient about knowing or experiencing, Donna loved creating holiday traditions and planning memorable events. Her grandchildren remember craft days, apple pie and sugar cookies, and the special one-on-one outings she took with each of them.\n\nA plaque in her kitchen summarizes how she viewed life and encouraged her family to live:\n Only one life\n Twill soon be past\n Only what’s done for Christ will last!\n\n“To me to live is Christ…” Philippians 1:21\n\nDonna is survived by her husband of 49 years, Leon Duell, and a sister, Janet (Densyl) Butler, of Wellsboro, PA, her children, Holly (Ryan) Grafton of Edinboro, PA; Betsy (Daniel) Snyder of Corning, NY; Levi (Jessica) Duell of Kodiak, AK; and Lani (Andrew) Curtis of New Ipswich, NH, her grandchildren, Katia, Mattea, Landon, and Braedon Grafton, Jaelyn and Nevaeh Snyder, and Kai and Darci Curtis. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Wilda Whipple, and a grandson, Chanse Daniel Snyder.\n\nA Memorial Service for Donna will be held Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 11:30 AM at Wellsboro Bible Church, 12880 Route 6, Wellsboro, PA 16901.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either of these charities: Heart of Tioga, http://heartoftioga.org/donate or to Every Ethne Church Multiplication c/o ABWE, PO Box 8585, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8585 with a note In Memory of Donna Duell. Donations can be done online at https://www.abwe.org/work/support. The project number is 0720391. In the field that allows Additional Donation Details, please provide In Memory of Donna Duell. \n\nDonna's care was entrusted to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.