Donna L. Morris

donna morris

August 17, 1938 ~ December 14, 2021

Born in: Hickory, NC
Resided in: Old Fort, NC

Donna L. Morris, 83, of Old Fort, NC, passed away December 14, 2021 in Asheville, NC after a short battle with cancer.

Donna was born Donna Lee Newton in Hickory, NC on August 17, 1938 to the late Earl and Clara Hollar Newton. Donna graduated from Hickory High School in 1956, where she was head cheerleader, Miss Hickory High, and Homecoming Queen.

Donna worked many years in the finance industry with various firms, with the most recent being Edward Jones in Asheville, prior to her retirement in 2011.

She was preceded in death by her older sister Barbara Newton Brunette of Little Rock, AR. Surviving loved ones include her long-time partner of 28 years, Douglas (Doug) Allison of Old Fort; sister Anna Newton of Conover, NC; son Robert (Rob) S. Petree, Jr. (Patty) of Central, SC; daughter Elizabeth (Beth) Glance (Greg) of Fairview, NC; daughter Catherine Witt (Tim) of Knoxville, TN; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Donna loved to travel and enjoyed attending plays. She will always be fondly remembered for the amount of love she gave and for the amount of love that surrounded her.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Donna’s wonderful children and their families speak volumes about the goodness of this kind soul. She’ll be missed. God bless.

  2. My heart is saddened with the news of Donna’s death. She was a genuine and special friend, as is her family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, and especially, you, my friend Doug.
    Love to all!

  3. I remember Donna from being her AVON Representative, when I did AVON from 2004-2016. She was a sweet and loving person. Sending Prayers and Condolences to you.

    The Masters Family
    Buddy, Lisa, Kayla and Samantha

  4. We are so very saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. Her gentle nature and lovely smile will be missed at the Senior Center. May God wrap his loving arms around you comfort you during this difficult time.

    Charles & Deborah vess

  5. We are saddened to hear about Donna’s passing. She was a loving person with a beautiful spirit. She will be missed greatly.
    Love, Bob and Brenda Parks

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