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Funeral services took place Aug. 8 in her hometown of Deridder, La. for Donna Marie Thurston, 70, of Jersey City. She passed away July 21 in Waldorf, Maryland. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 1, 1949. Donna resided in Deridder, Louisiana where she began her educational career until she moved to Jersey City and received her BA and MA degrees at Jersey City State College. Blessed with an innate ability to bring out the best in young people Donna became one of the most teachers and leaders in the Jersey City Public School System. Donna distinguished herself as a highly qualified teacher for more than 25 years. She successfully used her principal degree to assume the role of acting principal when necessary at both Public Schools 12 and 20. As a dedicated educator and consummate professional, she always went above and beyond her service to her children, students, and community. Donna is survived by her children Sonja, Michael, Arthur and grandchildren Keyons, Bryce, Michaela, and Peyton. Donna inspired generations of students, colleagues, friends and members of the Jersey City educational community with her compassion and love.

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