LaDonna Jean (Dillard) Stroud, 52, of Elizabeth, IN, went home to be with the Lord on July 29, 2020. Her earthly life came to an end in a tragic helicopter accident in the Nevada Mountains. She was accompanied in death by her fiancé, James (Jim) E. Robinson of Elizabeth, IN.
LaDonna was born in Paoli, IN on August 13, 1967, the daughter of Wayne and Brenda Dillard. She was a 1986 graduate of Paoli High School. As a young woman she worked as a medical transcriptionist which began a devoted career as a lifelong nurse. She graduated IUPUI with her BSN in 2015. Her most recent accomplishment was obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing with her focus on Family Nurse Practitioning from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2019.
LaDonna had previously worked as a flight nurse with the Air Evac Lifeteam in Paoli, IN. Over the years, she held various positions in the nursing field, and was most recently employed with IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
As a young mother she committed her life to Christ and was baptized in the Lord at The Paoli Church of Christ. She was a member of Northside Christian Church in New Albany, IN.
LaDonna was one of the most loving, caring, and adventurous people anyone could know. Most of all she was a wonderful mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend.
LaDonna’s favorite thing to do was spend time with her precious grandchildren, Bentley, Kaymen, Everett and Kashtyn. They were the light of “Gammy” and Jim’s world.
LaDonna and Jim loved to spend time flying, sailing, cruising, and traveling the world with friends and family. Some of her favorite trips included Mackinac Island, Australia, Fiji, Bora Bora, St. Lucia, and the Bahamas. She would often accompany Jim on work trips, doing what they enjoyed, flying and seeing new places.
She is survived by:
Daughter: Olivia Reeder (Kyle) of Georgetown, IN
Grandson: Everett Reeder
Son: Evan Stroud (Sierra) of New Albany, IN
Granddaughter: Kashtyn Stroud
Grandsons: Bentley and Kaymen Stroud, and their mother, Haley James of English, IN
First husband and father to her two children: Chris Stroud (Angela) of Georgetown, IN
Parents: Everett Wayne and Brenda Newlin Dillard of Paoli, IN
Brothers: Mike Dillard (Beverly) of Paoli, IN
Darren Dillard of Paoli, IN
LaDonna is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and an abundance of friends.
Funeral services will be Sunday August 9, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at the Dillman-Scott Funeral Home located at 226 W Campbell St, Paoli, IN 47454. Visitation will be Saturday August 8, 2020 from 2:00-7:00 PM and at 10:00 AM until time of service on Sunday. Interment will be in the Paoli Community Cemetery. We request attendees wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Funeral services will be live streamed. Please check our Facebook page on the day of services for the link.
Donations can be made to the charity of your choice, in LaDonna’s name, or to the family to assist in offsetting expenses.
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