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John Robert Donald

July 27, 1932 to December 22, 1978

and

Kathleen Loretta Burkett

April 25, 1927 to July 30, 2005

 

             Trish has embarked on some genealogical research for her father’s family—the Donald’s.

New information will be added as it is uncovered.

www.donaldsofpanolacounty.com

Trish’s Birth Family

 

Trish was adopted at birth by John & Kathleen Donald. But 2005 was a year of happy and sad roller coaster events. Among the happy events of 2005, was that the daughters of Trish’s birth mother found her on July 1, 2005 as a result of the genealogy work she has been doing on her adoptive family.

 

Trish traveled to Ruston Louisiana to meet her birth mother, Mary Ann Shows Miller, and her two new half sisters, Angie Thomas and Susan Boyce, along with their kids, Valerie Thomas, and Gabrielle Boyce in February 2006.

 

There’s been a lot of water under the bridge since then. Our families are close like we grew up together. This has been a wonderful experience. We have had so much fun finding out all the myriad of ways we are alike—despite the fact that we didn’t grow up in the same household.

 

In February 2009, baby sister Susan could no longer stand that Trish didn’t know who her biological father was. She finally wormed the information out of Mary Ann. Within three day’s she had located and contacted William Zoebel through Facebook of all things.  On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, Trish had her first phone call with Dad Bill.

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Last Updated: December 20, 2011

As fate would have it, Trish had an Earthdog trip planned on February 21st and 22nd to McKinney Texas. It turned out that the test site was about 7 miles from her newest half sisters house.

 

The three met the first time for dinner on February 20, 2009.

 

Pictured here, William Zoebel and Trish and LeeAnn (newest half sister)  and Trish.

 

Bill had a stroke just about three weeks after they met. Bill did survive, but sadly it isn’t going to be possible for Trish to pursue building a relationship with the Zoebel family.

 

Our best wishes and prayers to them for a long and happy life together.

Pictured at the February 2006

Dallas Ft Worth Dachshund Club Field Trial

 Farmerville, Louisiana (left to right)

 

Front: Abigail (friend of nieces), Valerie Thomas with Melody, Gabrielle Boyce with Austin, Susan Boyce

 

Back: Angie Thomas, Trish Mims, Mary Miller