Donna Mae Gillingham


Donna Mae Gillingham, 82, of Polo, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones, at the home of her daughter and son in law.

Donna was born Feb. 20, 1938, in Sterling, to Merle and Anna (Frances) Heath and was the oldest of 4 children. She married the love of her life Richard (Gilly) Gillingham, on Nov. 7, 1958 and he proceeded her in death Aug., 5th, 2003. Gilly and Donna were married 44 years and were known for their love of playing cards and bowling obsession. They had 2 children Pam (Scott) Fluck and Paul (Amy Jo) Gillingham.

She retired from Ogle County Housing Authority as a Section 8 Coordinator in 2001. Donna was a member of Polo Womens Bowling Club, Polo Red Hats, Polo Faith UMC, the Polo Senior Center, & Polo Womens Garden Club. She had a passion for crocheting gifts for everyone she knew, putting a smile on anyone's face, and her crazy sense of humor - sometimes to the dismay of her grandchildren.  Above all she loved her family, friends, church, and the Sterling Parkway Community.

Survivors include her 2 children Pam (Scott) Fluck of Sterling, Paul (Amy Jo) Gillingham of Oregon; 4 grandchildren Erin Folk of Oregon, Michael (Melissa) Collins of Polo, Meghan (John) Schamberger of Amboy, and Lily Gillingham of Oregon; 6 Great Grandchildren Cameron, Kinsley, Brayden, Evelyn, Graysen, and Preston. She is also survived by her siblings Harry Heath, Darrel (Bunnie) Heath, Betty (Steve) Marschang, Brother in law Carroll (Sandra) Gillingham, and sister in law Helen Heath. Donna was also a beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews.

She is proceeded in death by her husband Richard Gillingham, her parents, grandchildren Gage, Colin, Jack, & Ashleigh Gillingham, and niece Melissa Heath.            

Our sorrow in losing her will always remain with us.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 14 at Chapel Hill Memorial Garden in Dixon.

A celebration of Donna's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

Polo Family Funeral Home is handling services. To send condolences please visit