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Donna Ruth Peoples, 67, passed away Oct. 23, 2013, in Harlingen, Texas. Born Oct. 31, 1945, in Dallas, Texas, to the late Rev. A. Milton and Opal Smith. Donna was married to Roy Von Peoples for 45 years and the couple resided in the Kansas City area till they relocated in 2006 to Harlingen. Donna moved several times during Rev. A.M. Smith's time as a pastor for the Nazarene Church. She attended Central Heights High School in Little Rock, Ark. She married Ray C Heck, Sr. after high school and became the mother of Ray C. Heck, Jr. Donna embraced an enthusiastic and non-stop spirit. She was an avid fan of NASCAR. She loved her yard work and remodeling projects. Donna's favorite place to travel was Hawaii. She was known for her giving, unselfish heart and surrounding herself with work, family and close friends. Donna's happiest moments were spent with her best friend and husband, Roy and their cats. Donna began her career with Lennox in 1974, in Kansas City, as a sales secretary. She became the first female territory manager in North America, in 1978. Donna's set many sales records. In 2001, she earned the company's first "Partnering Leadership Award." Donna was also the first female to receive the coveted "L Award" (highest sales award in the company) and was a two time recipient. She gifted the L award plaque she won in 2003 to the Kansas City office as a thank you for the team's contribution for helping her win the award. Donna won the Lennox TOP GUN award (over sales plan) a record 11 times. In 2007, she was promoted to School Sales Manager, within a five year period; she increased sales over 500 percent. The National School Plant Management Association awarded Donna with their top honor this year, in recognition of her work supporting the K-12 segment. She will be sorely missed at Lennox and throughout the school and HVAC industry. Donna is survived by her spouse, Roy Von Peoples and sister, Norma D. Smith of Kansas City, Mo. She also is survived by her children. Ray C. Heck, Jr., Linda Heck (spouse) and stepson, Ricky Peoples; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. At Donna's request no services will be held.
Published in Kansas City Star on Oct. 27, 2013
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