Masters: Nancy Donova leaves a hole in the hearts – Odessa America

By DB Roland

The main gardeners of the Permin Basin

One of our most active and beloved members, Nancy Donovan (also known as the Worm Lady), died on August 9 in Covid. She was friendly and funny and we all called her friends. She may have seen one of her “worm” lessons, or she may have seen the worms at the West Texas Food Bank, Midland County Exhibition, or in the parks of the many farmers she taught. She was always ready to answer gardening questions and give talks about starting your own worm farming and to give a few worms to anyone who did a “Red Wigler” job.

She In 2000, she joined a horticulturist and became interested in vermicides, using her plans to recycle food fossils and other organic materials. Nancy was a member of the Board of Directors, served on most committees at one time or another, and showed countless working days on our projects and gardens. She was also updating our Facebook page, website and plant list. She left a big hole in our membership.

Nancy Donovan

The accompanying picture was taken in June by her dear friend Kenny at the MCH Farmers’ Market. She helped sell vegetables in both Odessa farmers markets.

Nancy enjoyed a healthy, happy life (mostly in her backyard and greenhouse) until she succumbed to this terrible disease. She leaves behind the people she loves the most – her husband, Dennis, four children, Adam, Brandon, Trisia and Dina, and her granddaughter Grant (like many grandparents, in her heart no one else understands), and a large community of friends.

Embrace the people you care about and love them.

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