Donnette Nichole Leffler, age 34, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours Sunday, June 12, 2022. Nichole was born May 29, 1988, in Marietta, Georgia. Nichole is survived by her parents, Stewart Allen and Donnette Smith, her beloved son, Landon Christopher Reed, her brothers Joshua Allen Leffler and Jacob Donald Smith, her paternal grandmother, Ona Lee Ledford, her maternal grandmother, Marylou Leffler, and many of her aunts, uncles, and cousins. Nichole is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Donald Rex Smith, and her maternal grandfather Donald Lee Leffler.
Nichole grew up on a small ten-acre farm in Blue Ridge Texas surrounded by family members including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and tons of cousins. A few short months after a house fire on that same farm, Nichole’s parents moved their family just a few miles across town, where she finished out her high school years at Blue Ridge High as a fellow classman of the 2006 graduating class.
As a Blue Ridge Tiger, Nichole spent her high school years sporting her school colors of green and white on the dance and cheer teams successfully leading fans and fellow classmates in cheering on the Blue Ridge athletes. She was a natural cheerleader on and off the field - her smile and enthusiasm for life always brightened the heart of those she loved while her love and laughter captivated those around her and filled us all with a sense of excitement.
When Nichole was a little girl, you could almost always catch her hugging an animal while cuddling them tenderly in her arms. She absolutely adored all kinds of critters, chickens, kittens, and puppies - anything she could get her little hands on. She was always so gentle and caring with all of God’s creatures and you could tell by their sweet expressions, they loved her as much as she loved them. This was a definite indication of how gentle and kind her spirit was and would always remain.
Early on, Nichole proved the heart of a faithful servant; always jumping in to serve her family and friends in whatever role she was able. At the end of any given school day, you could expect her to tumble out of that big old yellow school bus loaded down with her brothers' backpack and lunchboxes just like a good little mother hen would – always caring for the needs of those around her.
She had a servant’s heart, and this gift helped her to be successful in the service industry.
Nichole was beautiful, inside, and out. She lived life BIG and loved even BIGGER. She was such a notable example to us all when it came to serving the ones we love to the best of your ability. Though she had her own struggles in life, she always had a genuine smile and a heart willing to serve; a heart that loved her family and friends deeply. We will miss her so much and forever carry the memory of her smile, the example of her servitude and the reminder that she left with us - always share laughter when gathered around the ones we love.