DonnaLee Free Hicks, 52, beloved youngest daughter of Lloyd and Marilyn Hollenbeck Free of Edinboro, died peacefully at her home, 31851 Route 77, Townville, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, after an extended illness.
DonnaLee was born on July 29, 1961, in Erie. She was a graduate of General McLane High School with the Class of 1979 and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1983. DonnaLee was a retired elementary school teacher and tutor, having taught for the Aldine ISD of Houston, Texas. She enjoyed ballroom dancing, horticulture, husbandry and faithfully attended the Texas Renaissance Festival every year.
Surviving DonnaLee, in addition to her husband, Harry P. Hicks, whom she married April 15,1995, and her parents, Lloyd and Marilyn Free of Edinboro, are two daughters, Savannah Myst Hicks and Arilyn Porter Hicks, both living at home; a stepsister, Rose Ann Hicks Acel of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, William Leroy Free of Cambridge Springs; and a sister, Rita Lutz of Edinboro.
To know DonnaLee was to love her and she will be sorely missed by her sister-in-law, several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and many cousins and friends.
Friends and family are invited to a gathering to be held at the church of her childhood, First United Presbyterian Church of Edinboro, 4281 Route 6N East, Edinboro, on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions will be gratefully accepted in care of Harry Hicks to be placed in trust for Savannah and Arilyn.
DonnaLee was an awesome person exhibiting incredible courage and strength during her more than nine years of war against breast cancer.
Arrangements are under the direction of Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 335 Venango Ave., Cambridge Springs. To send condolences, please visit vanmatrefuneralhome.com.