Donna Lou Hixenbaugh

November 19, 1927 ~ September 20, 2020 (age 92)


Hixenbaugh, Donna Lou, age 92, Greensboro, GA formerly of Lima, Ohio, passed away peacefully at The Harbor at Harmony Crossing, Eatonton, GA September 20, 2020.  She was a 1945 graduate of Lima Shawnee High School and received her BA from Nyack College with a music performance major.  She later went on to get her MA in Education from Catherine Spalding College in Louisville, Kentucky.  She taught Kindergarten for over thirty years both in the inner city of Louisville and then her final days in the Minster School System in Ohio.  After retiring from teaching she continued to teach and inspire young musicians by instructing them in piano lessons.  She loved her students with a huge heart and was so happy to have them in her home which was fully decorated for each major and most minor seasons of the year.  Always with candy on the island, candles burning through out the house and most typically a huge bowl of popcorn (her favorite food) for all to enjoy.  She was the music partner to her husband’s church ministries and was at the piano or leading the choir in each of the 4 churches that he pastored.  She was the kindest person that God created and every one that met her was touched by her grace and love.  She truly was the most generous person as well.  If you complimented anything she had you could expect her to give it to you no matter the financial value.  No one could out give Donna Lou Hixenbaugh.  Her love of animals was boundless, and her appreciation for nature and flowers was a constant in her life.  No white “poofy” cloud would miss her admiration. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Lilly Miller; her brother, Keith Leroy Miller; and her husband, Rev. Clem Hixenbaugh.  She is survived by her son, Dr. Todd Hixenbaugh (Lima, OH) and daughter, Cinda Hixenbaugh Walker (Greensboro, GA), as well as 6 grandchildren: Tara Baker (Harrodsburg, KY), Tyler Hixenbaugh (Houston, TX), Danielle Hixenbaugh Hickey (Columbus, OH), Austin Hixenbaugh (Evansville, IN), Aleah Hixenbaugh (Cleveland, OH),  Peyton Walker (Greensboro, GA); a step grandson, Brandon Walker (Birmingham, AL);  great grandchildren: Bella Hixenbaugh (Houston, TX), Kenadie Stinnett (Harrodsburg, KY), Ella Stinnett (Harrodsburg, KY) and Dawson Baker (Harrodsburg, KY); and 2 step great grandaughters, Annabeth and Ella Walker (Birmingham, AL). 

Services will be held at Chiles-Laman Funeral Home – 1170 Shawnee Rd. Lima Ohio 45805.  Visitation will be held Friday Sept. 25, 2020 from 5pm-8pm.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday September 26, 2020 at 10:30 am with burial following at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Her presence on earth will be missed but the heavens have gained another star to watch over us all.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of local arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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