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CALERA, ALA. – Virginia Ruth Donaldson, 80, transitioned into eternal life on June 6, 2013.

She was born to Walter and Caroline Staudmeister on March 25, 1933, in Salem.

She was married to Charles Ray Donaldson on Oct. 27, 1951, in Youngstown.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Charles Donaldson; their children, Diana (Paul) Hartman of Cheyenne, Wyo., Carolyn Carman of Mt. Vernon, Linda Talley of Addison, Texas, Ray Donaldson (Beverly) of Birmingham, Ala. and Judi Hayes (Bill) of Vincent, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Margaret Phelps of Ohio, Jean Goist of Arizona and Betty Kraynik of Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Albert; and children, Donnie and Donna Ann.

A private service in celebration of her life will be held at the home with the Rev. Diana Hartman and Pastor Carolyn Carman officiating.

The family requests gifts to UAB Palliative and Supportive Care, c/o David Allen, FOT 1227 1530 3rd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35294-3412.

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