February 9, 1942 ~ August 5, 2019

Born in: Billings, Montana
Resided in: Lakewood, Colorado

Donna Lee Pickens was born on February 9, 1942 in Billings, Montana to Hubert and Muriel Appleby and passed away in Lakewood, Colorado on August 5, 2019 at the age of 77.

She was preceded in death by her 2 sisters, Barbie (who died at an early age from an asthma attack) and Jody.  She leaves behind her beloved husband of 58 years, Jim, and brother, Dick Appleby, two boys, Jerry and Troy, 3 grandchildren, Tyler, Taryn and Hailey.  And also the mother of the 3 grandchildren, Heidi Van Eaton, who has always remained a special part of the family.  She also left two sisters-in-law, Darlene Lovisone (Don) and Sherrie Andersen (Jeff), and numerous other relatives and friends.

Her family moved to Englewood in 1954.  She attended Englewood schools including Englewood High School where she met Jim Pickens.  They were married on June 24th, 1961.  Their first born son, Jerry Curtis, was born on June 2nd, 1962.  Troy Allen came along on April 2nd, 1967.

She worked at The University of Denver after they were married but was basically a stay-at-home mom with some part-time work at State Farm Insurance Company.   Donna and Jim moved to Lakewood in 1965.

Donna loved playing bridge and enjoyed having the ‘kids’ over on Sundays for Bronco games and playing card games.  Donna leaves behind dozens of beloved friends and her prized dog, Frankie, who misses her terribly.

Donna died from a massive brain hemorrhage on August 5th, 2019.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Donna’s honor to the Denver Dumb Friends League to help support her love of dogs.

Memorial services and a reception will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Horan and McConaty Family Chapel at 11:00 A.M, 3101 South Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO.

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Memorial Service: September 23, 2019 11:00 am

Horan & McConaty - SW Denver/Lakewood
3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Donna L. Pickens's name.

Denver Dumb Friends League

2080 S. Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80231
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Memories Timeline


  1. Mama Donna,
    You were my mother in law at one time in my life .. but always my best friend.. I giggle because when you would introduce me we never knew how to do that because we had to explain the whole life story.. it was your choice to keep me in your life … and I am so blessed to have had had you in mine… I spent my Saturday nights with you and Jim playing cribbage because there was no where else I would rather be… and you both gave me time to use my fingers in the count ..the love you and Jim have shown to me and and your grandchildren and our little man Gavin is more than I could have ever asked for.. I will forever miss you and the guidance and the love you have given me.. I felt safe when you would tuck me under your wing and tell me we are family and we will get through anything….I love you we love you and I will forever miss my best friend.. although not here in body I will keep asking you to guide me through the parts that are scary and help me through this life until we giggle together again.. I Love you…love your “daughter in law”

  2. Gram… gram.. gram. You did one hell of a job raising all of us and keeping us whole. I don’t think I’ve come to terms with all of this… yet. My heart hurts and my emotions are heavy, but I know I’ll see you again. You meant/mean everything to me, and I know you know that. Love you. Miss you everyday. See you on the other side.

  3. Aunt Donna you so graciously and selflessly accepted me into your home your life and your family, at a pivotal time in my life. If you hesitated or questioned your decision I did not know, because all you showed me was love, structure and compassion. I love you and Uncle Jim Jerry Troy and Heidi. I am blessed and a better person for having had that special time with you. I know that your soul has been set free and that all is beautiful for you now. Thank you for the light and love that you brought to my life. You have a special place in my heart forever.

  4. Donna, you have been a wonderful friend for all the years. We have had some great times with all our parties, early morning coffees, bowling leagues, bridge and lunches. I will miss seeing you. God bless you and your family.


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