August 1, 1963 ~ Feb. 1, 2014
Donna Lynn Arton, a native of Merced, California and a resident of Franklin, passed away at the Franklin Health Care Center following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. She won that battle on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 4:43 a.m., at the age of 50 when she went to her heavenly home. She will be laid to rest with her father in the Franklin Cemetery during a private inurnment service which will be held at a later date.
Donna was a loving and caring person who always had a smile and “I love you” to share. She enjoyed the little things in life that are so often overlooked. In her early years she worked at the National Grocery Store in Franklin as well as at the Patterson Health Care Center as it is known now.
Survivors include her son, Hubert Arton and his wife, Monique Jones Arton, and their daughter, Aalayah; her mother, Judith Meyers Arton; her longtime companion, Mark Henslee; two sisters, Laura A. Hayes and her husband, Richard; and Lynette A. Pellerin and her husband, Scott; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Nicholas J. Arton Sr.; and two brothers, Nicholas J. “Nicky” Arton Jr. and Michael Anthony Arton.
The family would like to thank the staff and residents of the Franklin Health Care Center, Heart of Hospice and Journey Hospice for filling Donna’s final days with joy and comfort, to Mark Henslee for the loving care he gave to Donna, and to all her friends who have helped Donna in so many ways.
Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc. of Franklin.

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