Donna Lynn Sowa was born March 24, 1997, to Malcolm and Mary Jo Sowa in Oxford, Mississippi.
Malcolm was an independent insurance salesman and traveled quite often on business. Donna was a registered nurse at Oxford’s Baptist Memorial Hospital. After Donna’s birth, Mary Jo gave up nursing for a few years to be with her daughter.
From the beginning, Donna was her mother’s little princess. She was a beautiful baby, and Mary Jo loved to dress her up in cute little outfits to show her off.
Mary Jo was a fanatic when it came to cleanliness. She made sure everything was always sparkling and in its place. Donna wasn’t allowed to play outdoors because Mary Jo didn’t want her to get dirty.
Malcolm disapproved, but he let Mary Jo make the decisions about their daughter. Occasionally, she did allow Donna to go to a friend’s house as long as the children played inside.
In June 2001, Mary Jo gave birth to a son, Mark Allan. Four-year-old Donna was not too thrilled to have a baby brother, who captured a lot of her parents' attention.
Mary Jo soon discovered that having a son was more of a challenge as he was much messier than her daughter. A typical boy, Mark was more active than Donna and insisted on going outside to play despite Mary Jo's attempts to keep him in the house.
Malcolm ultimately put his foot down and told Mary Jo that kids need to get dirty as part of growing up, and Mary Jo relented. Donna didn’t enjoy the outdoor games because she didn’t like getting dirty. By the time she was in her teens, she had her mother's focus on cleanliness, and her brother's sloppiness drove her crazy.
A beautiful girl and an excellent student, Donna was loving, caring, and fun to be around. Her friends could depend on her when they needed her, and in turn, they loved and supported her despite her quirks.
She was determined to present herself as a confident woman who knew what she wanted out of life, but underneath, she constantly worried about how others felt about her. Despite all this, Donna graduated from high school with honors.
After graduation, Donna decided she wanted to be a real estate agent, and she decided to go to Mississippi Realtor Institute. After she got her state license, she applied to several agencies and was hired at Pearce Brokers.
While visiting a friend in the hospital, she met her friend’s respiratory therapist, Alex Moorehead. There was an instant attraction, and she saw him several times over the week her friend was ill.
When her friend was released from the hospital, Donna was there to drive her home. On the way out of the hospital, she ran into Alex in the hallway, and he asked her out. She accepted, and they've been together ever since. They have a great relationship, and she hopes to be his wife one day.