Posted: Tuesday, March 11th 2014 at 2:49pm
North Georgia, former Gainesville golfer Noble passes away
By staff reports
DAHLONEGA -– LeeAnn Noble, a 20-year old student-athlete on the University of North Georgia women's golf team, passed away on Monday morning at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta following a lengthy battle with heart complications.
LeeAnn was a member of the UNG women's golf team and a nursing student who received a heart transplant when she was 12 years old. In January she experienced a heart attack from which she was unable to recover.
In addition to being a leader on her team, LeeAnn was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was an active and involved member of the university community. Before coming to UNG she was a standout golfer at nearby Gainesville High School where she graduated in the top four percent of her class and was named the Hall County Player of the Year in 2011.
This past October, LeeAnn and teammate Bridget Sandy were featured on as the cover story of the NCAA's Champion Magazine. The four-page spread and accompanying cover detailed the girls' early childhood battles with a heart transplant (Noble) and leukemia (Sandy) and how their parallel lives came to a fortunate intersection in the road at UNG. Both student-athletes were Make-A-Wish recipients and are using their amazing stories of courage to spearhead the school's Make-A-Wish initiative.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday March 16, 2014 at the Gainesville First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Burchett will officiate.
The family will receive friends at Little & Davenport Funeral Home on Saturday March 15, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway, SW, Gainesville, Ga. 30501 is in charge of arrangements.
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