Donna Louise Tipton Bailey, 81, of West Jordan, Utah formerly of Rexburg and Rigby, died Thursday, June, 6, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Care Source Hospice Center surrounded by family and friends.
Donna was born December 31, 1931, in Boise, Idaho a daughter of William Earl Tipton and Vera Evelyn Harris Tipton. She grew up in Lyman, Idaho and attended school at Cedar Point Grade School in Lyman and graduated from Madison High School.
She married Clair Bryce Bailey on August 12, 1950, in Rexburg, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls L.D.S. Temple. He preceded her in death. She married William Parker in Rexburg, Idaho. They were later divorced. She married Samuel DelRoy Atwood on November 15, 2008 in West Jordan, Utah.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints she served in scouts, primary and numerous other church callings.
Donna loved being a Mom, homemaker, and wife. When her children were older she worked at SewCiety Fabrics, as a receptionist for the Dr.’s Mabey, and at Utah Power and Light.
Donna was an amazing seamstress and made all of her children’s clothing, wedding dresses, and men’s suits. She later became interested in quilting and she and her sister Vickey spent many happy hours creating beautiful quilts for their families. Donna was very athletic and enjoyed playing softball and bowled for many years on a league with Clair. Clair and Donna enjoyed having supper club and playing cards with several groups of friends. Donna filled her pantry every year with a great assortment of canned goods from the garden that she and Clair grew each summer. She was an amazing cook and taught her daughters everything they know about cooking and canning. Donna delighted in playing games and cards with her children and their families. In recent years Donna enjoyed growing beautiful roses in her yard in Utah. Donna loved her children and her grandchildren were a special joy in her life.
Donna is survived by her husband DelRoy Atwood of West Jordan, Utah, Daughters, Cindy (Steve) Schechter of Austin, Texas, Tonya (Michael) Hillman of Rigby, Idaho, Kristy Rider of Fort Worth, Texas, sons, Bryce (Cheri) Bailey of Grapevine, Texas, Jeff (Dauneen) Bailey of Ogden, Utah, sisters Evelyn (Charles) Valentine of Roseville, CA, Marjory (Steve) Gifford of Burlington, KA, brother-in-law Dennis Johnson of West Jordan, UT, 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Donna is preceded in death by her parents, first husband Clair, sister, Vickey Johnson and a baby brother.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Rigby 14th L.D.S. Ward Building (602 Sundance Rigby, Idaho) at 2:00 p.m. with Bishop Marler officiating. The family will visit with friends prior to the service from 12:00 noon until 1:45 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Sutton Cemetery under the direction of Eckersell Memorial Chapel.