Donna Lynn Eber, a senior patient trainer and a horseback riding enthusiast, died April 6 at Casey House, a Rockville hospice, from complications of a heart attack suffered last month.
The Woodbine, Howard County resident was 46.
Donna Lynn Jones was born in Baltimore and raised in Columbia's Village of Oakland Mills. The 1982 graduate of Oakland Mills High School began riding during her teenage years, eventually becoming a horseback riding instructor of those physically challenged at the Columbia Horse Center.
An outdoorswoman, Mrs. Eber learned scuba diving and became an instructor in the sport at Sea Colony Aqua Sports in Severna Park.
She was a 1985 graduate of Howard Community College.
"During her college years, she'd work out all winter to build herself up so she could make the beach patrol in Ocean City," said her mother, Betty Jones of Columbia. "She guarded there four years and advanced to crew chief."
She was married in 1990 to David A. Eber, who is associate director, national service, of Alcon Laboratories Inc.
Since 2008, Mrs. Eber was a senior patient trainer for Aflex CPM Therapy, a company that delivers exercise machines and teaches patients who have had knee replacements how to use them to bend and strengthen knees.
While not converting to Roman Catholicism, Mrs. Eber attended St. Michael Roman Catholic Church in Poplar Springs, where she was active in religious education.
Mrs. Eber was also active with the Boy Scouts, where she had been the area "Popcorn Colonel" for several years, which had been the troop's major fundraiser, family members said.
She was an active member of a local book club and enjoyed making quilts. She was a member of the Quilters Guild.
A memorial Mass was offered April 9 at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church.
In addition to her husband and mother, Mrs. Eber is survived by three sons, Nick Eber, a student at Howard Community College, Joe Eber, a student at Glenelg High School, and Jake Eber, who attends Lisbon Elementary School; and her paternal grandmother, Claudia Jones of Columbia.