Donna M. Brister, 47

Nurse, educator

July 02, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Donna M. Brister, a registered nurse and educator, died Thursday of disseminated intravascular coagulation, a blood disorder, at Sinai Hospital. The Winfield resident was 47.

Donna Marie Cone was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., She earned her nursing degree from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., in 1981.

"She was a month away from getting her master's degree in nursing from Walden University," said her husband of 21 years, Lawrence Scott Brister Sr.

For the past decade, Mrs. Brister had been an emergency education specialist at Sinai Hospital. She also taught at Northwest Hospital Center.

From 1983 to 1985, she was a staff nurse at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. She later worked in the critical care unit at Howard County General Hospital from 1985 to 1988.

Before joining the staff at Sinai, she worked for Pro-Med Nursing Service for several years.

An accomplished seamstress, she enjoyed making clothes and smocking communion dresses, family members said. She also liked to crochet.

Mrs. Brister liked cooking and entertaining, and was known for her pot roast, ambrosia and lemon meringue cookies.

"She also made lemonade pies with vanilla ice cream, Cool Whip and frozen lemonade," said a daughter, Deirdre Lee Brister of Winfield.

Mrs. Brister was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Sykesville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

Also surviving are a son, Lawrence Scott Brister Jr. of Mount Airy; another daughter, Kelly Tiernney Brister of Winfield; her mother, Rita Anne Cone of Alexander, N.Y.; a brother, Lawrence Cone of South Carolina; three sisters, Deborah Miller of Alexander, N.Y., Cheryl Venditte of Batavia, N.Y., and Elaine Stouffer of South Carolina; and three grandchildren.

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