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Donna Lynne Washam

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Born 9-13-1951 -- Died 2-2004

Donna Lynne Washam was born Sept. 13, 1951. She attended Holland and Hickory Hills Grade School and Glendale High School.

From her early years, she loved music and ballet classes but she found her true passion in Middle Eastern dance.

When her children were old enough she traveled to study with several professional Middle Eastern Dancers. At that time Donna also studied Flamenco, Tahitian and Hawaiian dance. Through years of study, she became well known in Springfield and surrounding areas as Jasara, her stage name. As Jasara, she performed bellygrams and singing telegrams spreading joy wherever she went. At this time she did radio voice overs, TV ads for companies such as Rainbow Waterbeds, and TV shows like Springfield Scene.

She had a successful dance studio, teaching Middle Eastern dance and was the director of the Oasis Dance Troupe that performed in Kansas City, St. Louis and throughout the state. Donna was also an instructor of Middle Eastern dance at Southwest Missouri State University.

Although dance was her passion, she was also a very talented artist. Her artistic talents covered painting, drawing, home decor and costume design and construction.

She was a loving mother and wife who cared greatly for her family. She enjoyed making her special crepes, singing lullabies to her grandson, and shopping with her mom and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Edwin Washan; two sons -- Aaron and Adam Snape; grandson, Destin Snape; mother, Mary Jane Pigg; father Jack E. White and wife, Betty; brothers -- David Pigg and wife, Katherine, Edward White and wife, Janice, and Danny White; a sister, Debbie Lunn; her father and mother in-law -- Edd and Rosemary Washam and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Abraham Kay.