Nina Anne Story Donigan


Nina Anne Story Donigan

On July 23, 1948, Galveston Island was brightened by the arrival of Nina Anne Story, who would one day marry Dennis Donigan in St. Patrick’s Church, there on the island.  She was the daughter of Bill and Willa Story, who predeceased her, as did her sister, Mary Debra. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Donigan, her son, Christopher Patton, her brother John Story, his wife Colleen, and three adoring nieces. She also leaves behind a menagerie of well-loved pets.

Nina spent her early life on Galveston Island and her teen years in Houston, where the Carmelites of Mt. Carmel High School molded her into a young lady. She went on to graduate from the University of Houston.

Nina came to know and love Columbus in the 1970s, never missing a Magnolia Homes Tour. She and Dennis achieved their dream of living at the beach in Galveston, but eventually made their home here in Columbus in 2007. She was involved in a variety of community activities and enjoyed belonging to Catholic Daughters. She was delighted by the outpouring of care and affection shown by the community over the last few weeks.

Nina explored several different careers, which always seemed to focus on children. She spent time working with Child Protective Services as an advocate for children, but Nina found her true calling as an educator. Her students loved her as much as she loved teaching and she was a valued mentor wherever she taught. Her colleagues in Sealy Independent School District, as well as from previous positions, were a great support to her during her illness.

Nina passed away on Jan. 30, 2017.

Visitation will be held at Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, TX, on Friday, Feb. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. 

Funeral Service will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Columbus, TX, on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, her family would like you to donate to the Jesse Tree Foundation, PO Box 575 Galveston, TX 77553; or PUPS of Cat Spring, 1884 Bostik Road, Cat Spring, TX 78933.

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