Daunita E. (White) Ash

  • Born: May 12, 1932
  • Died: January 17, 2016
  • Location: Centerville, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544

Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Daunita E. (White) Ash, age 83, of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville, Iowa.

She was born on May 12, 1932 in Caldwell Township, the daughter of Robert and Grace (Adams) Knott. Daunita received her education in the Exline Schools. She was united in marriage to Jesse White on June 19, 1949 in Chariton, Iowa and they were blessed with three children, Diane, Robert and Lynn. Jesse passed away on March 12, 1984. Daunita later married Dwayne E. Ash retired Air Force Master Sergeant on August 9, 2003 at the First Baptist Church in Centerville.

Daunita actively sold cosmetics with Avon for over thirty years. She was also employed with Wal-Mart in Centerville for thirteen years. She spent many years working alongside her husband Jesse on the family farm.

Throughout her life Daunita enjoyed cooking for family and friends. Egg noodles, banana split dessert, and special K (funeral) bars were just a few of her famous dishes. A big highlight for Daunita was talking on the phone to family and friends. Dwayne and Daunita spent part of the year at their home in Oklahoma and part of the time in their home in Iowa after their wedding in Centerville. Dwayne and Daunita loved traveling throughout the United States in their motor home, especially trips to Arizona during the winter season. Daunita was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Centerville for sixty two years, and she was active in the New Life Church in Newalla Oklahoma for the last 12 years.

She is survived by her husband, Dwayne E. Ash of Centerville, Iowa; her three children, C. Diane (Brent) Constance of Independence, Missouri, Robert (Cindee) White of Centerville, and Lynn (Doug) Firkins of Centerville, Iowa; five step children, Cheryl (Gene-deceased) Havens of Eufaula, Oklahoma, Cindy (Bruce) Watkins of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Cara (Darin) Manson of Albia, Iowa, Gary Ash of Newalla, Oklahoma, and Terry (Daniel) Torres of Yukon, Oklahoma; eleven grandchildren, Heather (Jacob) (Constance) Peckham of Centerville, Iowa, Thad Constance of Centerville, Iowa, Blake (Angela) White of Centerville, Iowa, Anthony (Chelsea) White of Centerville, Iowa, Joshua (Amanda Marie) White of Bloomfield, Iowa, Garrett (Amanda Jo) White of Centerville, Iowa, Andrea White of Centerville, Iowa, Megan (Justin) (Sebolt) Jedlicka of McCallsburg, Iowa, Rachel (Eric) (Firkins) Gooden of Des Moines, Iowa, Melanie (Adam) (Firkins) Currie of North Dakota, and Michael Firkins of Centerville, Iowa; twelve great grandchildren; three great grandchildren on the way; thirteen step grandchildren; seventeen step great grandchildren; two brothers, Kermit (Sandra) Knott of Seymour, Iowa and Roger(Ruth-deceased) Knott of Lake Placid, Florida; a sister, Berta Lee (Robert-deceased) (Knott) Eddy of Exline, Iowa and many nieces and nephews. Others that were close to Daunita's heart were her extra kids Karen Moore of Ottumwa, Mike Eddy of Minnesota, Lori Phillips of Tennessee and Marcia Foglesong of Centerville.

Daunita was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Jesse White; two brothers, Kenneth and Dwain Knott; and a great granddaughter, Elaina Marie White.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Centerville, Iowa with Pastor Lloyd Johnston officiating. A visitation will take place Thursday, January 21, 2016 with the family present from 5-8 PM at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville. Burial will follow the funeral service at Sharon Chapel Cemetery near Centerville. Memorials have been established to the Appanoose County 4H Foundation or the Centerville Athletic Booster Club and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18th St., Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My sincere sympathies and condolences to the friends and family of Daunita during this difficult time. Daunita and my grandmother, Mary Masters, were good friends and talked almost every night on the phone for decades. Daunita shared her sparkle and joy everywhere she went. She was a beacon of light for many and was always very friendly to me without judgment.

I can vaguely remember being held by her at ballgames when I was a baby. Not sure why, but I have foggy memories of this. I remember participating with my folks at the shivaree of either Bobby or Lynn where we all beat on pots and pans and some even shot their guns in the air to make a raucous midnight serenade for the newlyweds. Daunita and Jess always had good candy when my sister and I would trick-or-treat. I remember Daunita as always being cheerful and fun. The light she brought to this world will be greatly missed by many. I am grateful for having had the privilege of knowing such a wonderful person.

Posted by Nathan Clark - Keaau, HI - Friend   January 22, 2016

My deepest sympathy to all of Daunita ' s loved ones. She left a wonderful family as her legacy. May your memories give you comfort.

Posted by Claire Byl - Centerville, IA   January 21, 2016

Sorry to hear about your loss. Condolences go out to the family. She was a very nice lady who always had a smile on her face. Always had time to talk to everybody. She will be missed.

Tony Shriver

Posted by Tony Shriver - Centerville, IA - friend   January 21, 2016

We send our sympathy to the family at this sad time. Daunita was such a kind and generous person. I remember family visits while growing up. Her energy and big smile (and great food) were a wonderful part of every visit. I always enjoyed those times. Being around Daunita made your day a little bit better.

Posted by Brad & Mary Clark - West Des Moines, IA - Family Friend   January 21, 2016

I worked with Daunita in Avon and knew her as a friend through my ex husband's family years before that. She was an amazing and beautiful true lady.
Such an inspiration and a leader in everything she did.
My condolences to her family.

Posted by Melinda Traw-Buchanan - Port Charlotte, FL - Friends   January 20, 2016

I am so sorry to hear this. My Grandma & I bought many Avon products from Daunita! She was a wonderful woman. Always so friendly and happy. Loved visiting with her! Our heartfelt sympathy to the family! May You find peace and comfort in the days to come.

Posted by Kim Coatney - Mystic, IA - Friend   January 20, 2016

Daunita, You have always been like a mother to me, you had such a Loving Heart and always willing to help! I have always been able to talk with you and know that you would listen and give good advice if needed. You always made me feel loved and you always made me feel special! I Love and Appreciate you and will truly miss you!! Marcia

Posted by Marcia - Centerville, IA - Like a Mother to Me   January 20, 2016

Sorry to hear of your mom. She was a very sweet lady and always was a joy to talk to. She always took care of us wrestlers during the season.. She will be deeply missed. my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

Posted by Glen Wood - Oskaloosa, IA - Friend   January 20, 2016

I am thinking of you in your sorrow and wishing you comfort in the memories and the love you shared My heart and deepest sympathy goes out to all of you and your families.

Posted by Mary Ann Bond - Centerville   January 19, 2016

Thinking of Megan and all family. Daunita was a wonderful woman!

Posted by Rachael Said - Centerville, IA - Friend   January 19, 2016

So sorry for your loss I'll never forget all the things she would bring to my mom and sister on her Avon visits. A very special lady

Posted by Joe Cormeny - Hills, IA - Friends   January 19, 2016

so sorry for your familys loss she was such a great lady always happy with a smile on her face she always had time to chat for a moment we worked together at walmart when I was 16 and even at that age me and her got along great she could connect with anyone.

Posted by Brandi Exline - Centerville, IA - freind   January 19, 2016

Daunita, you were always the cook, listener and smiler wherever you were. You will be missed.

Posted by Ken and Diana Anderson - Casa Grande, AZ - Casita Verde friends   January 19, 2016


Sending our deepest sympathies to all her family and friends.
So sorry for your loss, in our thoughts and prayers!

Shirley Morlan
& family

Posted by Shirley Morlan - Centerville, IA - friend of family   January 19, 2016

Lynn and Megan, Please know i am thinking and praying for both of you and your families. I was so sorry to hear about your mom (Lynn). I loved her as she was such a special person whenever the girls (Erin, and Sasha) and I would go to Walmart, we would always look her up. She had a great smile, and so happy, i know the girls enjoyed talking with her as she was like another Grandma to them. Please call or maybe sometime we can all meet up half way, and see each other again, i would love that. I have 5 grandkids now, and the 2 little girls are Erin's..... Take care, God Bless, Launa Reed and family.

Posted by Launa Reed - Winterset, IA - Friend of Lynn and Megan   January 19, 2016

Lynn, Megan, and family- Daunita was such a nice person. I remember her well selling Avon and her smiling face at WalMart. She was always so nice to my mom! She was truly one of the kindest and most friendly people in Centerville, and she will be missed. May the Lord's peace be with you all!

Posted by Nina Finch - Centerville - friend   January 19, 2016

To the family you all have my deepest condolences praying for the family.

Posted by Deb Baker - Oklahoma city, OK - friend of daughter/ terry   January 19, 2016

Such a precious soul. She's made a difference in so many lives. Blessings to family and friends.

Posted by Jan Runde - Columbia, MO - Friend   January 19, 2016

So sorry for the loss of this sweet lady had the pleasure of working with her at Wal-Mart years ago.

Posted by Daphne - Cincinnati, IA - friend   January 19, 2016

I remember her too she was a nice lady She alaways did help in in Wal-Mart, she will be miss never be forgotten, I send my thoughts and prayers out too the family,

Posted by Collins Family - Exline, IA - friend of   January 18, 2016

Leave a condolence or a memory.I am so very sorry to hear this. She was such a sweet lady!

Posted by Natalie Felkner    January 18, 2016

So very sorry for your loss. She was one sweet lady. She always put a smile on my face. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all.

Posted by larry and loretta stufflebeem - centerville, IA - friend   January 18, 2016


She always had a smile on her face and that is how I will remember her. Such a wonderful person and I am happy that she was part of my childhood, memories that I will hold on to tightly in my heart. Love to all of her sweet family. I know you all will miss her dearly.

Posted by Teresa (Van Blaricome) Belt - Arlington, TX - Family Friend   January 18, 2016

It saddens me to hear of her passing.I had the great pleasure of working with her at Walmart. She always had a smile on her face and was nice to everyone.

Posted by Grace Admire - Mystic, IA - friend   January 18, 2016

So sorry to hear! She always sis have a smile for everyone! I was able to see her the end of October, I am praying for her family, including my daughter-in-law.

Posted by Joy Peckham - Franklin - Friend   January 18, 2016

I'm so sorry for the passing of ur Mother Diane,Bob,Lynn...Love & Prayers for u all

Posted by Pat Alston - Newton, IA - Friend   January 18, 2016

So saddened by the news of Daunita passing. She was always such a kind and gentle person. She will be missed by many. Thinking of the family at this time and hoping the good memories help you through.

Posted by Valinda (Oden) Terrell - Kirksville, MO - friend   January 18, 2016

I loved working with Daunita at Walmart, she was a great lady! All the customers loved going threw her check out line.

Posted by Kristy Coatney - centerville, IA - friend   January 18, 2016

I have so many wonderful memories of Daunita, my friend's mother, my Girl Scout leader. What a wonderful, wonderful woman. So happy, helpful, kind. Everyone who knew her must be better for it. My condolences to Lynn and the rest of the family.

Posted by Winona Lawson Whitaker - Centerville, IA   January 18, 2016


Daunita was one of those people you always enjoyed as she was always smiling and had good words for everyone and she knew almost everybody, if she didn't, by the time they got checked out you felt like she knew you. Our condolences to the family, we will have our memories. Margery and John Sandy

Posted by Margery Sandy - Centerville, IA - worked at Walmart with her   January 18, 2016

I remember Daunitas smile. she always was smiling. always friendly. I also would like to send prayers to family. She was a special lady.

Posted by Pennie Hornback - plano, IA - worked with Daunita at walmart   January 18, 2016

I was so sorry to hear this news.She was a very sweet lady.I know she will be missed terribly.God bless and comfort you knowing you will see her sgsin!

Posted by Janie Bailey - Centerville, IA - Friend   January 18, 2016

Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers for this sweet lady, and may your loving memories give you peace.

Posted by Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson    January 18, 2016

I am so sorry to hear of Daunitas passing. Murl knew for longer time than I did I worked with her at Wal-Mart old store.i AM sorry for the families loss.Our prayers are with you.

Posted by MARJORIE R .HATFIELD - exline, IA - friend   January 17, 2016

Heartfelt condolences to all the family. I remember this lady well as part of Thirty School community. She will be missed as well as always remembered by many. So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Deborah Kinnamon - Harris, MO - family friend   January 17, 2016