Mary Ellen (Stanger) Donaldson of Norwalk passed away on December 13, 2021 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, December 17, 2021 at Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola. A visitation will take place at 10:00am prior to the service. Mary will be laid to rest in Lorimor Cemetery. \r\nMary was born August 10, 1950 in Ackworth, Iowa to Robert and Lillian (Triggs) Stanger. On March 27, 1971 Mary was married to Edward Donaldson in Indianola. Mary was a registered nurse, attending Broadlawns Nursing School, graduating in 1971. Mary spent over 20 years of her nursing career at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines. She eventually transition to senior care at the end of her career. Mary loved to spend time with her family, especially camping with her grandkids. Mary loved to paint ceramics and quilt. She also enjoyed sewing and mending clothing; her work sometimes ended with flamboyant patterns and colors.\r\nMary is survived by her husband, Edward; children, Bruce Donaldson, Rebecca (David) Jones, Brandy Donaldson, and Brooke (Bill Stephens) Donaldson; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.\r\nMary was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marjorie; a brother, Raymond; and a grandchild, Gabriel.