Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home & Cemetery

18000 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, TX


Donna Bates Price

April 15, 1943June 10, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

On the morning of June 10, 2019, Donna went home to be with the Lord and loving family members. She fought a short, but courageous battle with cancer aided every minute of every day by her devoted husband of 47 years, Dexter. Her final days were spent at home comforted by family and friends. Donna will be missed daily in the lives of so many she touched with her unmatched kindness and caring, but we take comfort in knowing she is without pain or tear, certainly hugging Darren, her brothers, sister, mother and father.

Donna was born April 15, 1943 to parents Melvin Maxwell Bates and Mary Johnnie Rufus Caradine in Houston, Texas. The family attended North Main Baptist Church. She was the second of four Bates children, raised in the Houston Heights Donna attended Reagan High School where she was Swiss Flag Lieutenant in the Reagan Red Coats Drill Team. . Donna and Dexter married in 1971 and lived much of their married life on the northwest side of Houston before moving to Pearland. In 1977 they were blessed with a beautiful curly red headed son named Louie “Darren” Price.

Donna is survived by her husband Dexter, sister-in-law Pat Naquin and husband Hollis and brother-in-law Richard Bailey. Numerous nieces and nephews: Price Naquin and wife Debbie, Sage Holli Bara, Rachel Riebeling and husband Greg, Ryan Riebeling and wife Erin, and Stephanie Bates Higgins and husband Ryan. Great nieces and nephews: Allann Arnold & husband Bill, Taylor deClercq and husband Matt, Matthew Campbell, Abby Naquin, Allison Naquin, Ava Durfor and Levi Durfor, and Caitlyn Higgins and Collin Higgins. Great great niece and nephews Jet deClercq, Quin deClercq and Waylon Arnold. Donna was preceded in death by her son, Louie Darren Price, her parents, brothers Johnnie Maxwell and Douglas and sister Sandra, and her in-laws Louie and Etha English Price.

In the spring of 2005, Donna earned a BS degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University. This journey was shared by two cherished friends, Trish and Jackie. The group referred to themselves as the “Three Musketeers” and built a close bond Donna enjoyed right to the very end. Donna achieved the title of Master Gardner and shared her talents working with plants and flowers both professionally and with her family. She also loved animals; dogs, cats and actually never met a bug she didn’t like.

After receiving her Horticultural degree from Texas A&M, Donna began working for Mr. Gary at Enchanted Forest Nursery in Richmond. She loved her job there so much that she would make the 80 mile round trip journey, rain or shine, until her husband insisted she quit, worried about her driving the distance alone. She remained close with several of her co-workers, and they still enjoyed frequent luncheons after she left.

Donna was a true Texan. Her 3rd great grandparents Francis and Margaret Buck Holland were of the Austin’s Original Old Three Hundred Settlers. Her uncle, one of Francis and Margaret’s sons was Tapley Holland – a hero at the Alamo.

She will live in our hearts as the wonderful, loving wife, sister, mother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

Should friends and family desire, contributions may be made to the Houston Humane Society in Donna’s memory, to honor her love of all animals.

At the family’s request since this is a Celebration of Life, please no black attire, dress casual.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, June 28, 2019


Donna Bates Price

have a memory or condolence to add?

Mandy Castro

July 14, 2019

Donna was like a mother to me. She had such a clean spirit and made me laugh so much! I had the pleasure of doing her hair nearly 15 years. We've shared good times and bad. What really sits heavy on my heart is that she was so excited to buy into some land with her family which never happened unfortunately. It was her dream. She loved to garden and boy did she have a green thumb. Im only at peace by knowing she has finally seen her son again on the other side and always talked about him. My heart will forever remember her.

Jose Barrera

July 7, 2019

We will always will remember you because you were a nice person tu us. We will miss you and we will always remember you.

Erin O'Keefe-Riebeling

June 26, 2019

I am married to Sissy's nephew, Ryan.
From the moment I met her, over 13 years ago, I knew she would be one of the most lovely women I'd ever meet. When people talk about inner beauty versus outer beauty, there was absolutely no way to tell which one she had more of -- she was stunning inside and out. Her smile would brighten and warm up a room in a second. She was always so happy to see her family, friends, and loved ones -- and always made you feel incredibly welcome. Sissy was one of the most thoughtful and kind hearted women to ever grace this world. Her style was beautiful and abundantly classy. And boy oh boy was she fun. It was never had a bad time with Sissy.
Ryan and I feel this loss deeply and miss Sissy terribly. We are praying for her husband, Dexter, all of her family, and many, many loved ones she leaves behind. We find comfort in the fact that she is at peace and surrounded with love by her beloved son, beautiful sister, sweet brothers, and wonderful parents.

Jackie D'Elia

June 17, 2019

Donna filled the room with happiness and joy. From the moment I met her nearly 20 years ago, I knew she'd be a dear friend for life. Trisha, Donna and I were inseparable through our journey to walk across the graduation stage at Texas A&M. We became more than friends, and as Trisha said - we're sisters.

Donna was a bright light that filled our hearts. She was always there to encourage and find the good in everything. I know she is happy and at peace -- she is an angel in Heaven and waiting for us to join her one day. We will see each again.

Trisha Shepard

June 16, 2019

My sweet Donna, my friend but more than that she was my sister. The memories of the past 20 years are too numerous to mention, but her smile, her laughter, her kindness, and her heart that was bigger than her beloved Texas will be missed more than all the days. We all lost the sweetest of all people this week but heaven gained the best angel of all. My heart will never be the same, but I am at peace knowing she is without pain.

Robert Riebeling

June 15, 2019

One of the sweetest people you’ll ever want to meet, and with a heart as big as Texas. I’m honored to have known her........and so proud of her when she received her degree from A&M. She loved her garden and helping others with theirs. She was a beautiful person more ways than one. We will truly miss her 🌹

Susan Hargarther

June 14, 2019

Donna was my first cousin. We grew up together spending many weekends together as our families were close. As we aged we grew apart. However the distance ...she was in my heart. I was so saddened to see her go but I know she reached the final reward and is now in heaven with our families.

Maureen Alsup

June 14, 2019

I have not known Donna long. I do know, however, that she was one of the sweetest people I ever met. We will all miss her very much ❤️