Island Cremations & Funeral Home ~ Merritt Island, Florida ~ 321-454-3331



December 26, 1934 - April 23, 2017


Donna Ferne (Anderson) McLay of Cocoa Beach, FL passed away peacefully on Sunday April 23 rd , 2017, attended by loved ones at her home. She was born December 26 th , 1934 in a little farmhouse in Capron, IL to Kenneth and Ferne Anderson. She attended Capron High School in IL and graduated from Elkhorn High School in Wisconsin. In 1953 Donna married Kenneth McLay on Valentine’s Day and every anniversary from there on out was doubly special. They had 4 children and Donna raised and loved them in their home in Poplar Grove, IL for over 40 years. Donna loved most being a homemaker and providing a loving home to her husband and 4 children and eventually carrying that love to each of her 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson as they came into the world. Donna loved gardening, old movies, sewing, and cooking. Her greatest hobby was music, and she brought that joy to many people through church choir and with her ladies’ sextet The Cassettes. Her dream of living at the ocean came true when she and Kenny retired to Cocoa Beach 19 years ago, where they were both active with their fellow retirees and following the lives of their children and grandchildren who have lived across the United States and as far off as Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, and New Zealand. A beautiful seaside memorial gathering was held with family and friends the morning of April 27th in Cocoa Beach to celebrate her life. Donna is survived by her husband Kenny and her 4 children Joseph (Janet) of Sherman, IL, Michael (Cathy) of Gaithersburg, MD, Sandi (Roberto) of Chula Vista, CA, and Patrick (Kim) of Boca Raton, FL, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.