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LaDonna Courtney

Nov 16 1953 - Sep 30 2005

LaDonna Courtney, formerly LaDonna Fields, 51, of Frisco, TX, passed away on September 30th, having lived a life of achievement and contribution cut short by cancer. She is survived by her devoted husband, Charles Harrison, father and stepmother Eugene & Betty Courtney, sister Rhonda (Wayne Scott), stepchildren Grant and Paige Harrison, 7 nieces and nephews, 10 great-nieces and nephews, 3 step-sisters, an adoring extended Texas family, and a vast array of loving friends and admirers. She was preceded in passing by her mother, Estelle Courtney, and brother, Terry (Pat) Courtney. For the 11 years prior to her move to Texas a year ago, LaDonna was Executive Vice President of the AZ Academy of Family Physicians, which honored her extraordinary service by establishing the LaDonna Courtney Certificate of Commendation, awarded to a non-physician who makes an outstanding contribution to forward the specialty of family practice. In the early ‘90s, LaDonna was Executive Director of Valley Citizens League. Before that, she was an executive assistant to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Before and after her graduation from Valley Leadership Class XIII in 1992, she was an active participant in numerous boards and organizations, including the Coalition for Tobacco Free Arizona, the Arizona Tourism Alliance, Center for New Directions, and Business & Professional Women, serving as president of several. A Certified Association Executive, LaDonna was a Board member of the AZ Society of Association Executives, where she chaired several committees and held all offices on the Board before becoming President. She was named 2001 Executive Director of the Year. This year she will be the third person ever to receive the AzSAE Angel Award, recognizing an individual who has demonstrated dedication and outstanding support of AzSAE and the association management profession. LaDonna brought grace, competence, joy and humor to her contributions to her profession, our Valley, and all who knew her. A life celebration will be held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, October 2, 2005, with visitation from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, both at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North at Ridgeview Drive (Exit 38 on I-75), Allen. Arizona services will be held at Unity of Phoenix, 1500 E Greenway Pkwy in Phoenix at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2005. Viewing will be held at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N 7th St, Phoenix from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4th. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to: AZ Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, 5320 N 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016.
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