Donna J. Harsh, 86, passed away Saturday Sept. 7, 2013 at Kansas City Hospice House. A memorial reception will be held at a later date in Hays, KS. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Fort Hays State University Foundation, Donna Harsh Memorial Fund at One Tiger Place PO Box 1060, Hays, KS 67601, or you may give online at https://secure.fhsu.edu/foundation/ Please designate Donna Harsh memorial.
Donna was born March 22, 1927 in Cheyenne, WY to Robert Lee and Evelyn Samuels. She married Donald Eugene Harsh and lived in Hugoton, Ks, until widowed in 1962. She moved her children to Hays, KS, where she finished her education, and established herself as a world-renowned figure in elementary education and children’s literature through her work at Fort Hays State. In addition to teaching and mentoring students as well as many other young people, she conducted children’s literature conferences and study tours all over the world for nearly 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Eugene, her parents, and her sister and brother-in-law, Ruby Lea and Harold Jones.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Steve and Barbara Harsh of Jamul, CA, Linda and John Schukman of Leavenworth, KS, and Rebecca and Lee Davidson of Topeka, KS, as well as her grandchildren, Annie Price and Laura Harsh, Elizabeth Daze and Abby Schukman, Holly Charlton and Parker Davidson, and four great-grandchildren.