LaDonna Marie Garcia, 51, of Toledo, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Visitation was held Monday, May 9, 2022, from 1-2 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama. A Traditional Wake was held Monday evening at the Fox Clan Ceremonial Building on the Meskwaki Settlement in rural Tama. Traditional Graveside Services were held Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 2:00 PM at the Morgan Cemetery on the Settlement with Michael Keahna as Speaker and O.J. Lasley as Head Pall Bearer.
LaDonna was born on February 22, 1971, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd Potts and Deborah Lasley Douglas.
She was employed at the Meskwaki Bingo and Casino. LaDonna had a passion for cooking and baking which was self-taught and made with love. She gifted many people with her homemade food. Her hobbies included riding bikes with her grandkids and True Crime Podcasts. She was open minded, nurturing, an eccentric mother, grandma and friend to many. Her greatest pride and joy were her grandchildren.
Survivors include her mother, Deborah (Richard) Lasley-Douglas; daughters: Jaylen Padilla, A Shania Bull Shoe and Athena Padilla; grandchildren: Dreymis Lasley-Douglas, Theotis Schrader, Draven Arnoux; brothers, Dion Youngbear (Amy See) and Marland (Shelia) Sanache; sisters, Shelley Kapayou and LeAnn Morgan; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other close relatives she grew up with.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Potts; sister, Nyree Celeste; maternal grandparents, Ada O. Lasley and Victor Lasley; paternal grandparents, Maynard and Coralene Potts; uncles, Orlando Lasley and Wayne Lasley.