The voice of the Outer Banks – Donna Hanna-Walker

Donna Hanna-Walker

From history submitted on June 15, 2021

On December 10, 1948, a comet blazed through the sky, burned our atmosphere, and landed in Charleston, WV. Donna Hanna-Walker was born. Growing up on the West Side, she made it to Morris Harvey College and a BA in history, followed by a Masters in this field from WVU. While still in college, she decided to live a life that was capitalized and volunteered to work with the underprivileged in Alaska, Florida, a reservation in Arizona, and San Francisco during the summer. Declined to pursue her PhD, began her professional life, and has served over the years as a model, paralegal, model trainer, wine merchant, assistant insurance commissioner, and therapist for children with the autistic spectrum. After retiring from the state, she went back to college and did her Masters in Behavioral Therapy, teaching dyslexic children and those on the spectrum. She and soulmate Bruce traveled the world making memories, from the tip of South Africa to the tip of Alaska, most of Europe and South America, and even Russia when it was still the Soviet Union and where she almost housed Bruce and the Lubyanka by hurling the AK-47 at the Russian Red Guards harassing them. Nobody can remember a time when she was intimidated by someone. The other side of the coin was that she loved people and became a conversation starter in every room she walked in, at every table she sat at, or in every meeting she attended. After switching to OBX all day, she got even more active. She has been and became a master gardener, DAR officer, and volunteer in numerous charities in Charleston. She also became an artist and entered various state and local competitions in the fields of painting, crafts, horticulture, salsa, and even mac and cheese. Just days before her death on May 25, 2021, she finished second at the Dare County Silver Arts in fine arts and qualified for the state finals. In addition, she was a well-known actress at the Community Theater in Charleston. She played many lead roles with rave reviews on shows such as Broadway favorites “Rumors,” “Moon Over Buffalo,” “A Man for All Seasons,” “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “Mame,” “Misalliance,” and “Love Letters.” ” with her husband.

She had a small family of blood left but left a large family of hearts.
She loved animals, and in her memory, a fund was set up to encourage people to adopt older abandoned pets by paying their adoption fee and medical expenses. Donations can be made to the Donna Hanna-Walker Fund, Outer Banks SPCA, PO Box 2477, Manteo, NC, 27954. She refused to live a small life and wanted to live a great life. And my God, did she live one!



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