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Donna Lynn Hale was born... well we don't have to even say it do we? It was a national holiday, her favorite day of the year, September 13, 1959. Born to William Hale and Fran Tesh, she was the second of four children. Donna loved growing up in Berryhill, just west of Tulsa, and made lifelong connections. She was active in school, loved cheering and was crowned Football Homecoming Queen in 1976. After high school and a short stint at the University of Oklahoma, Donna returned to Texas where she was a nanny for the...

Donna Lynn Hale was born... well we don't have to even say it do we? It was a national holiday, her favorite day of the year, September 13, 1959. Born to William Hale and Fran Tesh, she was the second of four children. Donna loved growing up in Berryhill, just west of Tulsa, and made lifelong connections. She was active in school, loved cheering and was crowned Football Homecoming Queen in 1976. After high school and a short stint at the University of Oklahoma, Donna returned to Texas where she was a nanny for the Parkers. But Tulsa was too small for her big personality. She soon moved to Kansas City and made fast friends. She loved the Kansas City Royals, the Chiefs, entertaining and her two fur babies KC and Madison. She enjoyed a successful career with the Hallmark Corporation and made Kansas City her home until her dad fell ill and she moved to Texas. Shortly after his passing she moved in with her mother and step-father Fran and Rollie Tesh. She started working for the Plano Police Department and adopted her fur baby, Jake. She lived out the reaminder of her life there.

Donna was one of a kind. Creative, classy and funny. Donna loved to laugh and possessed that "Hale Humor." Donna loved her family, so much so that it's worth repeating. More than anything in the world, she loved her family. For so long she was our glue. She planned and orchestrated so many family gatherings and reunions. She loved to shop and loved to give and was truly thoughtful. She had a way about her of making her loved ones feel so incredibly special. She loved her hometown, she honored tradition. She gave so much of herself, embodying the term selfless. She loved to gab and loved a good gossip. She would pick up the phone mid-day just to tell you that she thought of this or that or maybe text you about a new idea. She loved being involved in the lives of her family. She was always on your side, always an advocate. A daughter, a sister, an aunt. A friend but so much more. She loved hard.

In September 2011, Donna was diagnosed with Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). This disease impacted Donna's quality of life and freedom greatly. She was unable to work or drive, experienced pain, frequent falls and was sometimes confined to her wheelchair. This didn't stop her from finding ways to connect. Facebook and smartphones allowed her to stay connected and Uber gave her freedom to get out. Because of her disease, Donna decided to donate her body to science, joking it was the only way she'd ever get into medical school. Selfless, even in death.

We take comfort in the generous contribution Donna made to medical education. Her gift makes it possible for young men and women devoted to the care of the sick to continue their efforts towards medical education.


On September 3, 2017, Donna was met in heaven by her fathers William Hale and Rollie Tesh, her sisters, Lillian Kaye McClendon and Lisa Carol Richey, her sweet grand, West McClendon. Her cousin Barbra Dean and her fur babies: KC and Madison.
We, her family, find comfort knowing that the sisters are reunited. The Hale Sisters are dancing and laughing today, no doubt. And while our hearts ache, we cling to a hope of a place beyond our imagination, where our loved ones are celebrating.
Our Three Angels...We love you to the moon and back.

Donna is survived by her beloved mother, Fran Tesh of Plano, Texas and her brother Bill & Tawny Hale of Boyd, Texas and of course her baby boy, Jake.

Nieces and Nephews: Matt & Mekala Smith -Mike & Amanda McClendon
Elijah & Morgan McClendon-Bryan & Jessica Adkins-Dakotah, Maci & Rilee Hale
Melissa Blevins-Stephanie Richey-Todd & Kimberly Harlan
Her "grands": Dennin, LJ, Shelby, Haley, Maddox & Noah, Reese, Radisyn, Raigan
Oliver, Jared, Jaxon, Justin,Savannah, Adrian, Mark, Emma and Mackenzie



Arrangements under the direction of Ted Dickey Funeral Home, Plano, TX.