Donna Enz Argon, 94, beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, died on April 26, 2023 in Bedford where she had lived for 57 years.
She was born on Sept. 21, 1928 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Carl and Alma (Mahler) Enz. Surviving family members include four sons: Ahmet (Rebecca) Argon of Keswick, VA; Mehmet (LeeAnn) Argon of Shirley; Cemal Argon of Haverhill; and Kemal (Zeliha) Argon of Konya, Turkey, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Donna’s mother died the day that Donna was born, and two years later, her father married LeNore Hoard. A little sister, Marilyn, followed.
Donna was predeceased by Carl, Lenore, and Marilyn, as well as by her former husband, Rauf S. Argon.
A 1950-Purdue University graduate, Donna met her Turkish husband-to-be Rauf on the campus. Soon after graduation, they were married in Istanbul, Turkey and lived for eight years in Ankara, where the first two of four sons were born. Thus began a lifelong fascination with Turkey’s culture and history.
The family returned to the U.S. in 1960, settling in Massachusetts, where two more sons followed.
In her early 1950s, Donna began a joyful career in gerontology and became the founding Director of the Bedford Council on Aging. During her tenure, it grew from a small effort housed in a storeroom in the Old Town Hall to a welcoming, busy Senior Center.
The Town of Bedford recognized Donna as “Citizen of the Year” in 1991.
Donna was a member of the Bedford Garden Club and enjoyed gardening and nature study. Travel, reading, cooking and music, as well as her family, brought her much joy.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 9 at The First Parish in Bedford, 75 Great Road, Bedford.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to Heifer International. The family also expresses deep appreciation to all the staff at Bedford’s Carleton Willard Village, especially the nurses in the Ross-Worthen wing, for their wonderful care of Donna.
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Read a recent tribute to Donna in The Bedford Citizen here.