Donna Pena

CHICO, TX—Donna Jo Pena (Bates/nee Frederick), 72, of Chico, TX passed away Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Wise Health System in Decatur, TX.
Born Feb. 15, 1949 in Joliet, she was the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (nee Lewis) Frederick. Donna retired from the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles as a driver's license instructor. She married Antonio Pena June 5, 1995 in Eureka, AR and soon after they made their home in Texas. She greatly enjoyed attending the Cowboy Church in Houston, TX and also loved horseback riding and collecting American Indian décor and memorabilia.
Surviving is her husband of 26 years, Antonio “Tony” Pena, of Chico, TX; daughter, Amy Jo Welker, of Dwight; two sons, Robert Bates, of Gardner and Charles “Dusty” Bates, of Florida; three step-children: Monica, of Texas; Sheila, of Wisconsin and Tony Jr., of Illinois; six grandchildren: Chelsey and Molly Welker, Zoe Hassett, Maggie, Robert Jr., and Clare Bates and six great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents and step-father, Clarence Latham.
Visitation for Donna will be at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory, Braidwood, Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 4-8 p.m. Funeral services will also be at the funeral home, Friday, June 25, 2021 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet.
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R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory, 401 E. Main St., Braidwood is in charge of arrangements.