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Donna Marie Norton Droby

December 12, 1944 –
 January 14, 2023


Donna Marie Norton Droby left this Earth a better place for having been on it for 78 years. She was born December 12, 1944, and passed away January 14, 2023, after a brief illness.

Donna was a teacher in the Dallas Independent School District for 35 years, teaching Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, English as a Second Language and acting as a reading specialist district wide. She gave her all for the betterment of young children, and many remember her to this day as their favorite teacher.

Donna also rescued an untold number of cats during her life and worked tirelessly as a volunteer with East Lake Pet Orphanage for many years.

She loved her family and friends and would do anything for them. Strong, positive, funny, and kind, she will always be remembered.

Donna is survived by her husband, Travis Ueoka, family members and many, many friends.

There will be a Celebration of Donna’s Life soon. Please keep in touch with old friends and be kind to each other as part of Donna’s legacy.

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
                                                             -Ralph Waldo Emerson


3 Thoughts on Donna Marie Norton Droby
    Carla Killion
    24 Jan 2023

    I loved Donna so much and respected her love for education and family. We always looked forward to Thanksgiving when she and Travis visited us every year! I still have her little gifts she would bring me for hosting Thanksgiving and loved all the cards that she sent to me and our daughters. My family will also remember her for loving Travis and all her cat children.

    Carolyn Anderson
    24 Jan 2023

    I was fortunate enough to be a student of Ms Droby, She was my 2nd grade teacher @ Nathaniel Hawthorne in Southeast Dallas. She was an AMAZING teacher, as well as a WONDERFUL person! She was such a beautiful woman inside and out.

    About 10 years ago, through a mutual acquaintance, I was reunited with her, I never expected to see her again. Oh the memories that flood my soul, I was so emotional at seeing her again. She was the same Ms. Droby I had always loved. I am so happy that I was given that time with her!
    My condolences to her family. May God give you peace and comfort in your time of need

    Bill Converse
    27 Jan 2023

    Our hearts are truly broken for Travis & all who loved precious Donna. She was our very first school girlfriend entering Lamar Elementary School in Palestine, Texas. We have such fond memories of attending all the football games, the sleep-overs, summer swimming and water skiing with all of our gang. She was brilliant, strong, wise and so very witty. Our friendship continued as adults and included State Fair trips to Dallas and believe it or not, seeing Elvis perform in the Astro Dome. All of our times spent together were never lacking in fun or laughter. We were so blessed to have Donna as our “Forever Friend” and we know when we see her in Heaven we’ll be over-joyed to be together again. Our love and continued prayers for Travis and Family as God leads through decisions going forward.
    From: Betty (Young) Dudley & Bill,
    Sue (Young) Converse & Bill

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