Donna Mae Bouwens, 78, of Lincoln, died Sunday, February 11, 2024, at a Lincoln hospital.  She was born on March 31, 1945 in Tecumseh to Charles and Bessie (Podtburg) Gordon.  Donna graduated from Sterling High School in 1963.  On September 6, 1964 she married Lyle Bouwens. Donna was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and will be remembered for her joy in working with the Methodist youth and leading a Bible study for her friends.  

Survivors include her husband, Lyle Bouwens of Lincoln; sons, Larry (Heidi) Bouwens and Joel (Monica) Bouwens; three grandchildren, Ethan Bouwens, Jonathan Bouwens, and Nathaniel (Sydney) Bouwens; three nephews, Michael Bouwens, Matthew Bouwens, and Bruce Gordon.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Bessie Gordon; brother, Charles Gordon, Jr.; niece, Laura Perkins. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the Horizons Community Church (UMC), 3200 Grainer Parkway, in Lincoln.  Cremation has taken place and inurnment of the cremains will be at a later date at the Sterling Cemetery.   A book for signatures will be available on Friday from noon until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Horizons Community Church Hope Project.  Fox Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements.