Cornelia Irene “Meskwabnokwe” Donahue Obituary

October 1, 2022 –

Cornelia Irene Donahue
July 9, 1932 – September 30, 2022

Cornelia Irene Donahue, Meskwabnokwe, 90, formerly of Mayetta, entered eternal life in heaven on Friday, September 30, 2022 at the Maple Heights Nursing Home in Hiawatha.

She was born July 9, 1932 in Mayetta, the daughter of Charles Harrison, Sr. and Minnie Nozhackum Harrison. She graduated from high school in Marty, South Dakota and from Clarks Business School in Topeka.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. She loved her church, her family and community. She was a wonderful storyteller with incredible strength of spirit and an unforgettable laugh.

Cornelia worked in the office of the Secretary of State for Kansas for the duration of 19 years from 1974 to 1993.

She married Paulino Jim, Sr. who passed away in 1995. She married Donald Donahue and they were later divorced.

Cornelia was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Michael Jim, Sr. and Paulino Jim, Jr., a grandson, David Jim, a granddaughter, Mahne Jim, a great granddaughter, Ellie Mae Jim, and siblings, Geraldine, John, Edward, Sarah, Lloyd, Floyd, Kenneth, Charles Jr., William and Franklin.

Survivors include a sister, LaVera “Babe” Bell, Mayetta; four sons, William Jim, Sr. (Lea), Thomas R. Jim, Sr. (Sandi) and Philip Jim, Sr. (Debbie), all of Mayetta, and Ron Jim, Kansas City, MO; two daughters, Mary Tiscareńo, Topeka and Cecily C. Jessepe (Robert C.), Hoyt; and a multitude of grandchildren and great grandchildren. She leaves behind many cherished memories and a legacy of resilience.

Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 7th at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mayetta. A Rosary was prayed at 9:30 Friday before Mass. Burial following the Mass was held in the Dance Ground Cemetery.

Cornelia laid in state from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt. A supper and wake service was held Thursday evening at the Nozhackum Hall, 8362 158th Rd., Mayetta. Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 280, Hoyt, KS 66440. On-line condolences may be made at

(Courtesy of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home)