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Donna Kay Franklin Hardeman was born on October 14, 1969, in Huntsville, Texas, to Stafford and Emma Franklin. Donna gained her Heavenly wings at the age of 47 on September 12, 2017, in Houston. She resided with her family in Houston at the time of her departure. Donna attended public schools in Huntsville, graduating from Huntsville High School in May of 1988. While in high school, Donna excelled in sports, playing Varsity Basketball from grades 9th through 12th. Following high school Donna attended Sam Houston State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, with a Specialization in Earth Science. Donna later went on to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. While attending Sam Houston State, Donna met her husband Kimball, the two were married on December 3, 2004, in Huntsville, TX. Donna and Kimball remained married until her death for twenty-two years. To this union two beautiful daughters were born.
Donna took great pride in being a wonderful wife and mother who always put her family before herself. She will be greatly missed.
Donna was active in many social organizations, most pridefully Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated.
Donna is survived by her husband of twenty-two years; Kimball, two daughters; Kyndall and McKenzie, brothers; Edgar Franklin Sr. of Spring, and Stafford Franklin II (Juanice) of Houston, sisters; Melinda Archie of Huntsville, Joyce Wiley and Ella Carlton (Patrick) of Houston, Eula Mae Williams of Huntsville, Debra Franklin of Houston two stepbrothers; Albert Butcher (Juanita) of Huntsville and James Butcher (Catherine) of Huntsville, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
The following services have been planned for Donna: A Wake will be held at First Missionary Baptist Church at 1530 10th Street, Huntsville, Texas on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 6-8PM. A homegoing service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11AM, at Northside Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas. Burial will be Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Marshall, TX.
Published on September 21, 2017
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