Donna L. Higley, age 76, died peacefully at her home, 431 Poplar Street, Meadville, PA, after a sudden illness on Sunday, December 14, 2014. She had lived in Meadville most of her life. Born on June 18, 1938 in Akron, Ohio, Donna was a daughter of the late Walt Foister and Nellie Tate Foister. She married Bert Higley who preceded her in death in 1967.

Higley, Donna L.Some years ago she worked as a certified nursing assistant at Meadville Medical Center and then at Rolling Fields Nursing Home in Conneautville. More recently, she worked in the gift shop at Meadville Medical Center for a year and then as a volunteer at the gift store for four years. Donna was a member of First Christian Church in Meadville and derived great satisfaction by being a volunteer for various organizations, especially at Active Aging in Meadville and was an avid bingo player.Donna loved her pets and had three cats – “Baby”, “Pumpkin”, “Angel”, and a grand dog – “Bella”, who were special to her. She missed her grand dogs – “Liam”, “Bear”, “Bernie” and “Boone”, all who died previously.

Surviving Donna is a daughter – Brenda Miller of Meadville; three sons – Tom Higley and his wife, Deborah of Lakeland, FL; Mark Higley of Meadville, and Michael Higley and his wife, Chrystal of Cleveland; four grandchildren – Russell Card, Odessa Card, Stephanie Card, and Larissa Card all of Meadville; two brothers – Hank Foister and Gerald Foister; and a sister – Vi Byers. Donna was preceded in death in addition to her husband, Bert, by three brothers – Al Foister, Walt Foister, and Tom Foister; and a sister – Emma Baldwin.

A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church, 503 North Main Street, Meadville, PA on Friday, December 19th at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Rodger Smith officiating.