Donna L. Noble, 96, of Burlington, quietly passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024, at Aurora Medical Center in Burlington.

Donna was born on April 19, 1928, to Peter O. Peterson and Julia Akre in Claire City, South Dakota. She grew up on the family farm near Claire City. She was one of eight children. After elementary school she attended Oak Grove Lutheran High School in Fargo, North Dakota. She earned a teaching certificate and taught at a country school for a year before marrying Willard W. “Bill” Noble on June 14, 1947 at Bethel Lutheran Church near Claire City. After the wedding they honeymooned at Yellowstone National Park. Bill preceded her in death on July 30, 2021.

After moving to the Noble farm in Dover Township, she became a farm wife and mother to six children. Always active in farm life, she kept the house for her family and father-in-law, helped with farm chores, took care of farm business and was active in the English Settlement Methodist church. Bill and Donna eventually formed Noble Grain Farms, which continues to thrive today.

Once the children were older, Donna took a job, and eventually purchased three H & R Block offices located in Burlington, Waterford and Twin Lakes.

Donna enjoyed reading and would often be found reading in the grain truck while waiting for the combine to fill her truck. The daily crossword puzzle was a ritual and she loved putting together jigsaw puzzles. She enjoyed her flower gardens in later years and could be found pulling around her red wagon full of weeds.

Her grandchildren and great grandchildren will forever remember her offers of ice cream cones and her delicious cinnamon rolls. She was a smiley, loving grandma.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Phillip, Alston, Jean, Delores, Jerome and Tess: her husband, son Dan, daughter Diane, and son-in-law Chuck Furbee.

Donna is survived by daughters Bonnie (Jim) Stowell, Barbara (Mark) Hartmann, and Julie (fiance Michael May); son Dale (Lynn) Noble; daughter-in-law Mary Noble; 23 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Theresa Hewitt, NP, and the doctors, nurses and staff at Aurora Medical Center and Hospice for the wonderful care she received during her final days.

Donations in Donna’s memory may be made to and payable to Eagle Creek Religious Society, owner and caretaker of Eagle Creek Religious Society Cemetery near Burlington.

Services for Donna will take place on Friday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at English Settlement United Methodist Church. Other relatives and friends may meet with the family from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place following services.

Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home is serving the family. Well-wishers may visit

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