Donna Jo Dillman

Sept. 24, 1954-April 15, 2021


Donna Jo (Dillman) Powell Best, 66, Crawfordsville passed away at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2021, at her residence.

Donna was born Sept. 24, 1954, at Williamsport. She was the daughter of the late Ralph Leon and Thelma May (Crowder) Dillman. Donna was raised in Rainsville and moved to Lafayette at the age of 14. She graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School in 1972. She later moved to Crawfordsville in 2015.

Donna formerly worked at Purdue University from 1972 until 1995.

She enjoyed the outdoors, hunting mushrooms, fishing and camping. She especially enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and she knew no strangers as she was referred to as a “social butterfly.”

She was formerly married to Joe Powell and Billy Best.

She leaves behind her three children, Christina (Jason Davis) Best, Crawfordsville, Felicia Powell, Lafayette, and Jason Powell, Tucson, Arizona; step-mother Carolyn Dillman, Lafayette; five siblings, Debbie (Don) Crowell, Marcia Dillman, David Dillman, Brian (Mary) Dillman and Jennifer (Dan) Wood, all of Lafayette; and five grandchildren, Maleek Hall, Remington Shahan, Jalicia Wright, Staica Wright and John McGwin.

Friends may call at Maus Funeral Home, Attica, on Monday, April 19th, from 5 p.m. until service time at 8 p.m., with Pastor Jerry Badgley officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Riverside Cemetery, Attica.

Masks will be optional to family and friends attending the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation or the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be sent online to


No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment