Donna Jean Nutter Gilliam was born Donna Jean Nutter on the 4th of March 1956 in Richwood, West Virginia, the United States of America. She was born to Herbert Lee Nutter, Sr., a coal miner by profession, and Cleo Cletis Nicholas Nutter, a housewife and mother at that time. Donna was raised with five younger brothers and no sisters in the rural mountains of West Virginia.
Donna enjoyed life and school. She went on to graduate in 1974 from Cowen High School in Upperglade, West Virginia in the top ten of her graduating class. In 1975 she graduated with honors from West Virginia Career College, a business school. Later as a young mother, Donna returned to college at the University of Charleston where she majored in Art, Education and carried a French minor. She obtained an Art Education Teaching permit from the State of West Virginia. While here Donna received the Excellence in French Studies Award and was a member of The University of Charleston Theatre.
While working as a professional French teacher at Webster County High School in Upperglade, West Virginia, Donna returned to college once more. From the fall of 1999 through 2008, she drove back and forth from Charleston, West Virginia and WCHS to attend West Virginia State University in Institute, West Virginia. Here she completed a French Language Major, a Spanish Language Major and obtained WV Teaching permits for both. On March 2000, Donna was inducted as a life-time member to Alpha Mu Gamma Excellence in Modern Foreign Languages, The National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society.
After completing breast cancer radiation treatment, Donna returned to school to pursue a Master of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies from which she graduated with honors in the spring of 2007. It is at this time that she began her autobiography as part of a Professional Writing Course. The manuscript was written during the spring of 2005. It was then edited and rewritten during the years of 2013 and 2014 so that it could be published through Obsidiana Press.
Donna is a highly-educated mountain woman of Native American and European decent with a passionate zest for life. She has goals of writing, painting, sculpturing, printmaking, weaving, traveling and gardening for the next chapters of her life.