Donnatella Christine Hinkle returned to God's hand Tuesday, Sept. 25,
2007, after years of battling cancer.
Memorials: Donna did not want others to mourn her passing; in its place she wanted all to celebrate her life well-spent on this earth. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cancer Care Services, 623 South Henderson, Fort Worth, Texas 76104, or the Chrysalis Foundation, www.texaschrysalis.org
Born Oct. 28, 1972, in Tehran, Iran, Donna, as she was known by most, grew up all over the world. Her family made their home in Willow Park. Since her father worked for Lockheed Martin, she also resided in such countries as Japan, Norway, and Turkey. After graduating high school in Turkey, her family moved back to the United States. It was here, in Fort Worth, that Donna made her home with the love of her life, John. She graduated from UTA with a major in history, but was certain that her higher calling was teaching. She was voted Teacher of the Year at M.L. Phillips as only a third-year teacher. It is no wonder because she was adored by students and fellow teachers alike. Donna was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. She had a great pride and adoration for her cancer group, Young Survivors of Tarrant County, and was adamantly involved in cancer organizations such as Race for the Cure, and The Breast Cancer Three Day and ACS. When Donna was diagnosed with cancer for the third time, and after numerous rounds of radiation and chemotherapy, doctors were shocked to announce that a baby was on the way. Gabrielle, Donna's "miracle baby," was her pride and joy. Donna was the sunshine in so many lives. She touched the lives of every one of her students, her cancer group, her countless friends, and her family. The world lost some of its light when her smile stopped shining. She is truly loved and missed by all.
Survivors: Her daughter, Gabrielle Teryza-Annee; her husband, John Paul; her mother, Claude Lawson; her brother, Christopher Lawson and wife, Nicole; her grandmothers, Erminia Bourdon and Helene Lawson; her numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and her innumerable devoted friends.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 9/27/2007.