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Donna Pearl Eaton

September 15, 1917 — April 13, 2007

Donna Pearl Eaton, 89, of Shelley passed away at home on Friday, April 13, 2007.

She was born on September 15, 1917 to Fonzo and Pearl Wagstaff Tyner in Shelley the 3rd of three children.  She was raised in Shelley by her aunt & uncle Thomas and Lela Binch and was very well liked.  She attended school in Shelley and graduated in 1935 with straight A’s.  While growing up she worked in the potato fields and with her father in the pea fields & thinned beets.  She was the first cook at the Shelley Senior Citizens Center and worked as a cook at Olsen’s Drive Inn.

Donna married Vernon “Bill” Eaton on July 4, 1940 in Shelley by the Justice of the Peace M.L. Wirt.  They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1948.  Together Bill & Donna raised five children Tom, Keith, Verlene, Dale, and Larry.

Donna had a true love of the Lord Jesus Christ.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She was a lifelong member of the church and served in many positions, including Secretary of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

She enjoyed reading, genealogy and various types of handwork, such as crocheting, quilting, & knitting.  She loved camping and fishing with her husband and their children in Island Park, Coffee Pot Rapids, and Riverside Camp Grounds.  Donna & Bill spent the summers in Island Park on their property on Cascade Lane.  She loved the smell of the Pine trees and all of the wonderful wild flowers and loved to watch the leaves change color on the Quaking Aspen Trees.

Our mother & loving wife Donna, was an excellent cook and enjoyed making candy, chocolates, pies, & cakes.  When ever you visited at Donna’s house, you left with a full tummy and a smile on your face. She enjoyed her grandchildren and made holidays and birthdays very special with her homemade gifts.  Her greatest love was her family.

She is survived by her husband, Bill of Shelley, daughter, Verlene of Shelley, sons, Tom (Gail), Keith, Dale all of Pocatello, Larry (Gayle) of Donnelly, 13 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, one brother, and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday April 17th at the Shelley Eighth Ward Chapel (184 North Park) with Bishop Lynn Beck conducting. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 7:00 till 8:30 P.M. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley and Tuesday morning 9:30 till 10:40 P.M. at the church.  Burial will be in the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery.

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