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Sept. 11, 1931 – Feb. 26, 2013

Donna H. Irwin, a watercolor artist and community volunteer, died Tuesday in Sarasota, Fla. She was 81.

Born Donna V. Henwood in Yonkers, she moved to Buffalo many years ago.

Mrs. Irwin produced several watercolor paintings, including whimsical Christmas cards that were eagerly anticipated by her friends. Her artwork was displayed in a solo exhibit at the Garret Club shortly before she moved to Florida in 2012.

She also was a registered stockbroker who worked for brokerage firms both in Buffalo and New York City.

She served as one of the first presidents of Artpark & Co., a group that offered support to Artpark, and was a past member of the board of the SPCA Serving Buffalo and Erie County.

Mrs. Irwin also was a past board member of the Garret Club and the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, an organization of women descended from early Dutch settlers in America.

She was a member of the Summer Oakland Bryant Homeowners Association and for many years arranged for the holiday wreaths that decorated the lampposts in that community.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Robert J. A.; two sons, Ronald Henwood and Derrick Millett; two stepsons, William B. and James A.; two stepdaughters, Elaine I. Cryer and Elizabeth I. Mitchell; and a sister, Beryl Sirotin.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. June 20 in the Forest Lawn chapel.