Beatrice Looney Donley

Services were held February 3 at St. James Episcopal Church for Beatrice (Bee) Looney Donley.

Mrs. Donley, retired educator, died January 25 in Philadelphia. She grew up in Drew, Miss., and Columbia, Tenn. She was graduated from LSU and did M.S. graduate work at Mississippi College and the University of Mississippi.

After her husband’s death, Mrs. Donley taught college English and history for Universities Center before teaching high school English at Murrah and Brinkley. She taught English at St. Andrew’s for 25 years and served as director of admissions for 11 years. The Beatrice Donley Award for Excellence in Mississippi Writers is given each year in her honor.

In 2012, Mrs. Donley published a book of poetry, “Mostly Ghosts,” followed by “Mostly Mississippi” in 2014 and “Mostly Today” in 2016.

Mrs. Donley was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Avent Looney; brother Marine Capt. Thomas Avent Looney Jr.; and her husband Robert Vance Donley. She is survived by her four children: Jami (Paul Templet) of Taos, N.M.; Robert (Sandy) of Philadelphia, Miss., Rick (Pat O’Brien), of Weaverville, N.C.; and Deveaux (Greg Duckworth) of Belmont, MA; and nine grandchildren: Nicholas Donley, Lauren Donley, Rushton Templet, Sebastian Templet, Avent Donley, Chloe Donley, Madison Donley, Greer Duckworth, and Key Duckworth.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 370 Old Agency Rd., Ridgeland, Miss., 39157; or St. James Episcopal Church, 3921 Oakridge Dr., Jackson, Miss., 39216.


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