January 28, 1955 ~ October 13, 2018

Born in: Charleston, South Carolina
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

It is with great sadness that the family of Donna Brooks Ourand announces her passing after a hard-fought battle against pancreatic cancer, on October 13, 2018, at the age of 63 years.  Donna will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 32 + years , Richard, their 3 children and their spouses (Rachel and Elias White; Jennifer and Sergio Delgado; and Trey and Jenny Ourand), two granddaughters (Claire and Paige), her parents (Mary and Terry Brooks), and her two sisters (Pat and Robin and their families).

Donna was born on January 28, 1955 to Mary and Terry Brooks in Charleston, South Carolina. She graduated from Ferguson High School in Newport News Virginia in 1973, and graduated from Longwood University in May 1977 with a degree in English and Drama.  She taught high school English and was in charge of the Drama Department from August 1977 until May 1980 at Ft Lee High School in Ft Lee, Virginia. In August 1980, Donna joined the U.S. Air Force and went to Officer Training School. She earned her 2nd Lt bars and was assigned to the Personnel Flight at Luke Air Force Base from 1981 thru June 1984.  She was then assigned to the Air Force Intelligence Service at Ft Belvior, Virginia, where she met her husband, Richard Charles Ourand, Jr.  They were married in Springfield, Virginia on November 30, 1985, and honey-mooned at the Boars Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Donna left active duty on March 1, 1987 and joined the Air Force Reserve before the birth of their first child, Rachel Catherine, on March 27, 1987. In August 1987, they moved to Newport News, Virginia, where their next two children, Jennifer Brooks on June 22, 1988 and Richard Charles III (Trey) on August 9, 1989, were born.  Donna finished her Master’s Degree in training and Development from George Washington University in September 1990.  Richard’s career in the Air Force gave the family opportunities to move around the country including Salt Lake City, Utah, San Antonio, Texas, and Terre Haute, Indiana, and Donna found volunteer and career opportunities in each location.  In August 2009, Donna and Richard moved to Indianapolis and began to enjoy the pleasures of the big city, including the plays, restaurants, concerts, and the summer series known as Symphony on the Prairie.  Donna became actively involved in volunteer activities including Starfish, Girls Inc, and Indy Film Fest. A woman who loved warm sunny weather, she began wintering in Naples Florida in 2010 which resulted in the purchase of their condo and many fun times over the years on Vanderbilt Beach with family and friends.

Donna also has touched the lives of her exchange students (Marit – from the Netherlands; Natalie and Kat – from Germany; Pepita and Gabriela – from Venezuela; Michele from Brazil, Sini from Finland). She wishes to thank the staff of Community North Cancer Center and the Hospital staff who provided her excellent care during the time of her pancreatic cancer treatments and her end journey.

In lieu of flowers, Donna asks that donations be given to the Pancreatic Cancer Network, Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, or St Jude’s Children Hospital.  There will be a private service at a later date.

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  1. Loved this beautiful lady ! Didn’t realize she was an English / Drama teacher. Would be interested in knowing some plays she participated with. Thank you Donna for making a difference in the young lives you encountered with teaching, Starfish mentoring, and Exchange students. I so enjoyed our friendship through our wine group, plays / musicals, dinners, SOP, and any other events. ❤️

  2. Richard, I only met your wife the one time we met at the Cancer Center. I was coming out from an appointment as you both were waiting to go in. I am glad to have been able to have met her. I have known you for many years and I know how kindhearted you are. I know you will miss her as everyone in your family will. From what you have written it sure seems you both had a very good life together. Her journey now will be one where there will be no pain and suffering and she will be there to meet you later on. May your great memories of your wife continue to light your life and give you many days of continued happiness from this time forward.

  3. Though I didn’t have an opportunity to know your wife, I wish to offer my condolences to her passing. May God welcome her as a good and faithful servant.

  4. You wrote such a beautiful tribute, Richard. Donna was such an active, giving, open-minded, loving human being. I didn’t realize you two had moved to Indianapolis only in 2009. We met you both in 2011 and didn’t realize you were such new “Hoosiers” at that time.
    It is interesting that Bob and I, like you two, share San Antonio, Salt Lake City, and Indy as placed we’ve lived. It’s also interesting that I learned a lot about Mardi Gras traditions through Donna and her 12th Night parties, and then Bob and I ended up living in Louisiana and experiencing Mardi Gras there. King Cakes always make me think of Donna!
    I am fortunate to have shared a lot of fun times with Donna and I will never, ever forget her.
    With love, Kathy

  5. Donna siempre estar a en mi corazón y no existen palabras para agradecerle el cariño y enseñanzas que le dio a mis hijas Pepita y Gabriela. Descansa en Paz, y mucha fortaleza para toda la familia

  6. Richard: Your Facebook post was wonderful and brought great memories back to those of us who were privileged to know and appreciate Donna. You know how special both Donna and you are to us and we certainly hope that. special bond is never broken. We are so glad that we were able to visit during the end of July, She wasn’t at her best by any means, but we were able to spend special moments with her that we will always treasure.
    Our best to you and the kids and much love…
    Jim and Jasper

  7. Oh, Richard (and Trey, Jennie, Rachel, Mr. and Mrs. Brooks, Pat, and Robin), How I loved your Donna. She was such a dear forever friend, and I know you know there are a boatload of us who share your sorrow. Thank you for sharing her with us during her life’s journey. She gave us all a piece of her heart. My condolences, prayers and hugs to you all! Trish Howland Lyons

  8. Sheri and I send our condolences to you and your family. May God watch over all of you in this time of sorrow and for all the days to come.

  9. Richard it is a wonderful picture. I have so many wonderful memories of Donna. The four of is had so many good times together at the Prarie, wine tasting and just hanging out at each other’s homes. I remember the morning walks Donna and I would have alternating at each other’s houses, and our shopping trips to Broadripple. I’ll never forget our last shopping trip when she bought the dress for Rachel’s wedding. She looked so beautiful in that dress and I really had to try hard to talk her into it. Everyone wanted to do things for her and she told me sometimes she couldn’t think of anything, but she said I could certainly take her shopping since I love to shop. I was so thrilled I could do that for her and we had fun! I so miss our good times, but feel so fortunate to have had them. Love you Richard.

  10. Donna was the only person who made an impression on a messed up kid. I still remember those big glasses and curly red hair. I will treasure always having known her.

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