DONNA MARIE FAIR, loving daughter of Larinea (Fair) Trusty and the late William Chew Jr., was born on November 5, 1961, in Baltimore, Maryland
Donna was educated in the Public Schools of Baltimore City and graduated from Paul Lawrence Dunbar Senior High School class of 1979. After graduating High School, she earned college credits at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), but as a foreshadow to future acts of selflessness, took a break from advancing her own education to proudly serve her country. She honorably served in the Marine Corps until 1986 achieving the rank of Corporal. However, she would later return to BCCC completing her Associate of Arts Degree in 2011. Shortly after her military discharge, she began working for the Baltimore City Police Department where she was employed for almost 20 years. Following her employment with the Baltimore City Police Department, she began working for the Baltimore County Government, Office of Information Technology/Electronic Services where she joyfully worked as Assistant Project Manger until her transition to glory. During this time, she also volunteered on the Senior Committee of the Baltimore Oliver Community Association with the responsibility of advocating services for the needs of elders in the Community. Throughout her personal and professional endeavors, Donna touched the lives of many creating lifelong bonds.
Donna was a firm believer in God. Surrounded by many believers in Christ such as her late "granddaddy" William N. Fair, late uncle Willie, and late aunt Nacie, who planted and cultivated her religious beliefs. She joined the Israel Baptist Church and would later join Zion Baptist Church where she remained a loyal and dedicated member, even when her failing health no longer permitted her to worship in person.
Donna was a loving and devoted mother and daughter. She treasured the time spent with her children and her mom, embracing every moment. She especially loved her role as "Other Mommy" which she was so affectionately called by her grandbabies. In her leisure time, Donna enjoyed cooking and eating, reading her Bible and spreading the word, singing and dancing, shopping and designing, spending time with family and friends, and serving others in need. Anyone who knew Donna was moved by her generosity, kindness, positivity and loving spirit.
On March 24th, 2022, after a lengthy illness, Donna Marie Fair, entered into eternal rest. Her valiant battle with serious medical conditions in recent years exemplify her courage and faith as she faced these challenges with grace, dignity and often a smile. Despite the trials, Donna stayed strong and emerged the victor in the end. She now joins loved ones who have transitioned before her including her father, stepfather, Clarence Trusty; brother, Murriel "Buneky" Chew; and aunt/second mother, Mary "Mar" Fair.
Donna leaves to mourn and cherish her memory: her mother, Larinea Trusty; step-mother, Carla Chew; three daughters, Dionna Fair-Latta, Danielle Fair-Latta, and Dominique Lance; two sons-in-law, Jason Miller and Keith Lance; three sisters, Shawnte Wright, Carla Chew and Janea Chew; two brothers, William Chew III and Jonas Chew; eight grandchildren, Angelo Harris III, Jaela Holland, Reonna Fuller, Cassidy Miller, Ian Johnson, Ethan Lance, Jace Miller and Paige Lance; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Lifelong friends such as Laraye Holcomb, Gilda Weaver, Marilyn Pinkney, Leslie Lewis, Sharon Campbell, Blane and Elaine Carter, Shellae Wilson-Franklin, Edward Cauthorne, Marcia Ricks and numerous others held a special place in her heart.