With heavy hearts and deep sorrow, we sadly share the news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Donna Skattum.
For over a decade, Donna has almost single-handedly helped showcase the people, charities and organizations that make Brevard County one of the most giving and supportive communities in the country. As the managing editor and later events editor of SpaceCoast Living magazine, Donna had a platform to share and celebrate the best of our community’s philanthropy, from glamorous galas to community walk-a-thons, and all the people who made these events so successful so that others less fortunate may enjoy a better life.
Although living with cancer for almost four years, Donna never let her illness define her as a person. Despite the discomfort, the pain and the concern about her future, she never stopped being the beautiful and caring person she was before her diagnosis . . . and she never wanted her friends, colleagues or acquaintances to treat her any differently.
Even on her worst days – and many of us could tell when she was tired or struggling – Donna always wanted to stay active and to work; she always wanted to be out in the community sharing the gifts and celebrating the Space Coast community she loved so dearly.
For those of us who knew Donna well, her warmth and spirit will forever live on in our hearts and memories. If you have a memory of Donna that you would like to share, we’d like to hear it. We will gather these memories, stories and remembrances and share them with her family so they know how much Donna meant, not just to them, but to the entire Space Coast community.
Donna is survived by her loving husband Jon; their beloved Llasa Apso, Patches; and her mother Margaret.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions in Donna Skattum’s name may be made to Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 or online at StuartSchool.org/giving. Contributions will support theater education for girls with financial need.
God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.
Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.
In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.