The legacy of Madonna Anton lives on

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By Cierra Pryor
The Williamston Post

Members of the Williamston Area Senior Center enjoying their lunch Wednesday afternoon in the cafe in honor of Madonna “Donna” Anton, reminiscing about her time there at the Senior Center.

Members of the Williamston Area Senior Center enjoying their lunch Wednesday afternoon in the cafe in honor of Madonna “Donna” Anton, reminiscing about her time there at the Senior Center.

WILLIAMSTON, Mich. –  If Donna Anton put her mind to it, there was little doubt from those who knew her that she would achieve it.

Anton, who died Feb. 2 at 81, Was a leader, an energetic worker, demonstrating cheerfulness and positivity.

“Donna has been such a great and wonderful influence in my life,” said Denise McCaffrey long time friend of Anton’s. “She has inspired me to keep moving forward, reach for more, gather more in, keep learning and always keep hoping.”

Whether it was at the Senior Center at the United States District Court in Detroit, the Williamston School foundation, the Williamston Depot Museum, the Michigan Historical Museum, or The Ladies Auxiliary. Anton lived her life with kindness and generosity, her friends said.

“It’s been a blessing working with Donna over 40 years ago,” said Janet Allen, a former co-worker at United States District Court. “She was a real angel, her twinkly eyes, beautiful smile, sense of humor, and her warm kindness is how I will forever remember her.”

Donna Anton, a member of the Williamston Area Senior Center was highly involved and a great supporter of the organization. She was one of the founders of the Senior Benefit Fund, an association that raises money to directly help the Senior Center.

For several years, Anton wrote for the Williamston Area Senior Center newsletter informing the community of upcoming activities and events.

In her honor the Senior Center hosted a luncheon to celebrate her life, co-workers as well as fellow members and friends shared their loving memories about her.

“She went to Mackinac Island almost every fall to the Grand Hotel, and she would always mention that we could join her.” said Diane Carter friend of Anton, “We would decline but she would smile and say i’ll bring you a souvenir. That just describes what kind woman she was.”

Though Donna has passed on she leaves her legacy behind, as she was responsible for photographing events over the past several years at the Senior Center. She has had over thousands of pictures to create a historical DVD slide including the pictures she has taken of the Senior Center will be viewed by the public at a later date.

“We truly are going to miss her presence around here,” said Carter “especially her smile and true kindness that she has shown everyone.”

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