Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Donna Mae Johnson 86, passed away peacefully in Panguitch, Utah on April 30, 2019. She was born July 16, 1932 in Panguitch and was lovingly welcomed by her parents, Lawrence and Hazel Orton. She married the love of her life, Carl E. Johnson on July 28, 1952. He adored everything about her. Their marriage was sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 28, 1961. Carl was tragically taken from her when she was only 25 years old, a young mother of three children and expecting her fourth.
Donna was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many different callings. She loved attending the temple regularly until her health prevented her from going.
Some of her hobbies were reading, especially the scriptures, embroidering, playing the harmonica and walking.
Donna worked at the Panguitch Elementary School as a lunch lady and later as a teacher’s aide. She always had a special place in her heart for children, and enjoyed working with and teaching them. She also worked at Zions Bank for many years, where she was a respected employee.
Donna was a great example to everyone, especially her family. She was a wonderful mother, aunt and grandma. Her love for her family was priceless. She loved spending quality time with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews, playing dolls, dress up, grocery store, Schwan’s delivery, and turning her desk into a bank. She would take the boys fishing at Penny’s Pond but would sit in her car reading her scriptures while the boys fished. They all loved her dearly and knew she loved them.
Donna had a close connection to her sister-in-law, Alta Orton. They spent many days riding around town together, and enjoyed countless hours visiting at Alta’s house with Betty Cooper and Kathy Goulding.
Her love for her family was unconditional and endless. She conveyed it through her actions and Christ-like love that she had for everyone. Through the challenges of raising 4 children and among other trials, her love and testimony of her Heavenly Father and Savior remained faithful, she enjoyed serving those around her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Donna is survived by her children: Tommy (Debbie) Johnson, Ely, NV; Debbie Robinson, Washington, UT; Jimmy (Tammy) Johnson, Panguitch; Carl (Diane) Johnson, Monroe; 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren. Brothers: Gary Orton, Bob (Barbara) Orton; sister-in-law, Alta Orton.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Crystal Robinson; daughter-in-law, Cindy Breinholt; brothers: Don L. Orton, Brent (JoAnn) Orton; sister-in-law, Colleen M. Orton.
The family would like to express their love and appreciation to the staff at Garfield Memorial Care Center who took such wonderful care of Donna.
Funeral services will be held Monday May 6, 2019 at 12:00 Noon in the Panguitch 2nd Ward Chapel, 190 North 400 East. Viewing will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the ward chapel. Burial will be in the Panguitch City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com