Donna Mikels Shea
Indianapolis resident, award winning journalist and public relations professional, Donna Mikels Shea, passed peacefully from this life on August 2nd, surrounded by family and friends. She was 93.
Donna was born on September 27, 1924 in Marion, Indiana. Over her career, which spanned fifty years, she won numerous awards for her ground-breaking coverage at the Indianapolis Times, where she also became the first woman acting City Editor in the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain.
She married Purple Heart veteran, Cortland W. Shea in 1951.
She was a member of the Columbia Club, The Propylaeum, the Skyline Club, The Indianapolis Press Club, The Public Relations Society of America, the Indianapolis Public Relations Society, The Players and the Contemporary Club.
She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Mikels Shea, her son, Kevin Shea and her nieces, Leisa Decker and Kim Troutt. Her husband, Cortland, predeceased her in 1994.
Friends may call at the Crown Hill Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by graveside burial service.
I loved coming into the home, sitting down and having a cup of coffee or tea ,while talking to her about the day, before getting started taking on projects she would give me on Thursdays. I loved her sense of humor in the great stories she sat and told me. I will miss her very much!
Kelly--I was stunned to hear about Donna. I am so grateful to have met her however briefly. She was an amazing woman. Thank you for letting At Home Preferred be a small part of her life. Most Sincerely, Kristen Wolfram
We were deeply sorry to learn of Donna's death. I have known (and been a friend of Donna) since 1948, when I joined the Indianapolis Times as a reporter. Even in retirement, we kept in touch. She was an important model and inspiration to me as a reporter and later Washington correspondent for the Times. I hope we shall meet again. John and Joy Wilson
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