LeeAnn Noble, 20, of Flowery Branch died Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Gainesville First United Methodist Church. The Rev. David Burchett will officiate. A reception will follow after the service at the Chattahoochee Country Club, from 4-8 p.m.
The family will receive friends at Little & Davenport Funeral Home on Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Carol Ann and Joe Gelderman, Flowery Branch, Ga.; father, Timothy Noble, Pensacola, Fla.; grandparents, Jolaine Noble, Pensacola, Fla., Helen Harrington, Gouverneur, N.Y., Bill Gelderman, Lawrenceville, Ga., Janie Carnley, Pensacola, Fla. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandfather, Roy Harrington, Gouverneur N.Y.; grandfather, Terry Noble, Pensacola, Fla.; and grandmother, Dorothy (Dottie) Gelderman, Lawrenceville, Ga..
LeeAnn was a passionate young lady with an unparalleled zest for life partly due to a life-changing medical diagnosis and journey that began in 2006 when she received the gift of life with a new heart. She never once let her medical journey dictate who she was but instead chose to make the most of her life and honor her donor and their family. Despite limitations from her transplant, she participated and excelled in many activities during both high school and college. LeeAnn graduated from Gainesville High School in 2011 and was chosen as one of the graduation speakers because of her high grades and excellence in the classroom. While at Gainesville, LeeAnn was a member of the golf team, basketball cheerleading squad, football cheerleading squad, Key Club, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Debate team, yearbook staff and Student Council member and officer. LeeAnn was named the Hall County Golfer of the Year in 2011 by the Gainesville Times, awarded the Tommy Aaron scholarship and was also selected by coaches statewide to participate in the Senior All-Star showcase following her Senior golf season.
LeeAnn attended college at the University of North Georgia where she was a nursing student, a member of the golf team, a sister in the Sigma Kappa sorority and maintained employment at White House Black Market in Dawsonville, Ga. Following her freshman year in college, LeeAnn received the outstanding freshman award from the Chemistry Department. LeeAnn was a representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and was named to the 2013 Peachbelt Conference All-Academic team in 2013.
LeeAnn was an advocate for organ donation, having received her heart transplant in 2006 and then serving as a mentor to other children facing transplants. She was also a big supporter of Make-A-Wish Foundation after she had a wish granted to her in 2007. A story about her and a fellow teammate and their involvement with the UNG Make-A-Wish initiative was featured in Champion Magazine, an NCAA publication, this fall. Family, friends, sorority sisters, teammates, co-workers and fellow students describe her as kind, warm, caring, beautiful inside and out, funny, strong, driven and a fighter regardless of the circumstances. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, spending time with friends and family and caring for her two canine family members, Nemo and Amelia. LeeAnn unfortunately sustained a cardiac event in January which resulted in neurological injury and medical instability. She spent the last seven weeks in the hospital fighting for her life and died from complications from this cardiac event. She died peacefully with her family present at Emory University Hospital. She, in all accounts, lived her life in such a manner that she not only touched those around her in a meaningful way, but honored the legacy of her donor.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to UNG Make-A-Wish Fund, P.O. Box 1599, Dahlonega, GA 30533 in memory of LeeAnn.
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at littledavenport.com
Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway SW, Gainesville, GA 30501 is in charge of arrangements.