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“My sincere sympathies and condolences to the friends and family of Daunita during this difficult time. Daunita and my grandmother, Mary Masters,...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Nathan Clark - Keaau, HI - Friend

“My deepest sympathy to all of Daunita ' s loved ones. She left a wonderful family as her legacy. May your memories give you comfort. ”
2 of 35 | Posted by: Claire Byl - Centerville, IA

“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...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: Tony Shriver - Centerville, IA

“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...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: Brad & Mary Clark - IA

“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....Read More »
5 of 35 | Posted by: Melinda Traw-Buchanan - FL

“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...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: Kim Coatney - Mystic, IA - Friend

“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...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: Marcia - Centerville, IA

“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...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Glen Wood - Oskaloosa, IA

“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...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: Mary Ann Bond - Centerville

“Thinking of Megan and all family. Daunita was a wonderful woman! ”
10 of 35 | Posted by: Rachael Said - Centerville, IA

“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 ”
11 of 35 | Posted by: Joe Cormeny - Hills, IA - Friends

“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...Read More »
12 of 35 | Posted by: Brandi Exline - Centerville, IA

“Daunita, you were always the cook, listener and smiler wherever you were. You will be missed. ”
13 of 35 | Posted by: Ken and Diana Anderson - AZ

“Sending our deepest sympathies to all her family and friends. So sorry for your loss, in our thoughts and prayers! Shirley Morlan & family ”
14 of 35 | Posted by: Shirley Morlan - Centerville, IA

“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...Read More »
15 of 35 | Posted by: Launa Reed - Winterset, IA

“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...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: Nina Finch - Centerville - friend

“To the family you all have my deepest condolences praying for the family. ”
17 of 35 | Posted by: Deb Baker - Oklahoma city, OK

“Such a precious soul. She's made a difference in so many lives. Blessings to family and friends. ”
18 of 35 | Posted by: Jan Runde - Columbia, MO - Friend

“So sorry for the loss of this sweet lady had the pleasure of working with her at Wal-Mart years ago. ”
19 of 35 | Posted by: Daphne - Cincinnati, IA - friend

“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...Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: Collins Family - Exline, IA

“Leave a condolence or a memory.I am so very sorry to hear this. She was such a sweet lady! ”
21 of 35 | Posted by: Natalie Felkner

“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. ”
22 of 35 | Posted by: larry and loretta stufflebeem - IA

“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,...Read More »
23 of 35 | Posted by: Teresa (Van Blaricome) Belt - TX

“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...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Grace Admire - Mystic, IA

“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...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Joy Peckham - Franklin - Friend

“I'm so sorry for the passing of ur Mother Diane,Bob,Lynn...Love & Prayers for u all ”
26 of 35 | Posted by: Pat Alston - Newton, IA - Friend

“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...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Valinda (Oden) Terrell - MO

“I loved working with Daunita at Walmart, she was a great lady! All the customers loved going threw her check out line. ”
28 of 35 | Posted by: Kristy Coatney - centerville, IA

“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....Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Winona Lawson Whitaker - IA

“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...Read More »
30 of 35 | Posted by: Margery Sandy - Centerville, IA

“I remember Daunitas smile. she always was smiling. always friendly. I also would like to send prayers to family. She was a special lady. ”
31 of 35 | Posted by: Pennie Hornback - plano, IA

“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...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: Janie Bailey - Centerville, IA

“Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers for this sweet lady, and may your loving memories give you peace. ”
33 of 35 | Posted by: Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson

“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...Read More »
34 of 35 | Posted by: MARJORIE R .HATFIELD - exline, IA

“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...Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Deborah Kinnamon - Harris, MO


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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.