Donna Armstrong Lormand

Published 5:01 pm Saturday, August 28, 2021

Donna Armstrong Lormand, 69, gained her heavenly reward on Aug. 23 ,in Okeechobee, Fla.  She was born in Tullahoma, Tenn. on Oct. 20, 1951 to Mary Katherine Armstrong and Hershel Armstrong.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life of 43 years, Felix Able Lormand.  Left to cherish her memories are three daughters, Paula Robin Darbonne (Dale), Dr. Felicia Lormand Florez (David), and Holly Lormand Hernandez (Miguel). Sons of the heart whom she raised from a young age were Thomas Andrew Maggio, David Maggio (Suzainne), and Daniel Maggio. She loved her numerous grandchildren, Joseph, Robbie, Lauren, Matt, Malachi, Miera, and Mikel, and great-grandchildren Ethan, Maison, and Brilee. A brother, George Howard Armstrong (Laura), and sisters, Debbie Davis and Karen Otterson.

Donna was an advocate for the deaf community and an interpreter for the deaf for over 25 years. She helped change laws and the lives of persons with disabilities. She is currently published in the forward of her daughter’s doctoral dissertation tribute as follows: “To my mother, Donna, I watched you tirelessly advocate for my sister Holly, and have a career as an interpreter for the deaf, and you are a part of my inspiration for going into the field of special education. Thank you for showing me how to be strong for others who may not have had a voice.”  She was also a faithful member of Apostolic Temple United Pentecostal Church, and enjoyed singing in the choir, and assisting in directing the sign choir.

In lieu of a traditional memorial service, the family will announce a graveside service at a later date after cremation is handled by Buxton and Bass funeral home in Okeechobee, Fla. Interment will be at Greenoak Cemetery in Kinder, La.