Leah McDonald

Popular former DHS student dies in wreck

A young Diboll woman died at the scene of a two-vehicle wreck at FM 2021 and Highway 69 near Huntington.

Leah McDonald, 18, was a passenger in a 2006 Toyota Camry driven by Nolan Ryan Ellingburg, 20, also of Diboll. Ellingburg was transported by helicopter to a Tyler hospital. His condition was unknown as of press time.

According to reports, Ellingburg pulled out from FM 2021 onto Highway 69 and was struck by a Chevrolet pickup driven by Robert Lee Tarber of Alto.

Tarve, of Alto, and a 5-year-old relative were taken to a Lufkin Hospital. Both were treated and released.

McDonald was liked by many, as evidenced by posts to her Facebook page and comments from teachers.

“Leah was a pleasure to have in class,” said Donna Cassels, a teacher at Diboll High School. “She had a beautiful smile and was a very sweet young lady.  She will be missed by many.”

McDonald was currently employed at Sonic Drive-In in Diboll.

She is survived by her 2-year-old son, Landon, and his father, Aaron Harris; her parents, Kenneth and Debi McDonald of Diboll; sister and brother-in-law, Melissa and Keith Suttle; grandparents, Luther and Helen Bolenbarker of Diboll; grandmother, Nell McDonald of Pasadena; and numerous other family members and friends. McDonald’s  services will be at Gipson Funeral Home with visitation being held on Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. and funeral services on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Donations can be made to the Diboll ISD Red/White Scholarship Fund in her memory. The Red/White Scholarship is available to all Diboll High School and Stubblefield graduates. For more information on the Red/White Scholarship contact Diboll ISD at 936-829-4718 or 215 N. Temple Drive, Diboll, TX 75941.

A special Facebook page has been set up for her as well: https://www.facebook.com/InMemoryOfLeahMarieMcdonald