Donna Emily Williams passed away in the evening on Friday, September 3rd, surrounded by her husband and four children and all the tremendous love they have for her. She was born on February 13th, 1954, in Rupert, Idaho to Seymour and Virginia Davis. Her father passed away when she was only 10. Consequently, she developed a deep love and appreciation for her mother who worked selflessly to care for their family as a single mother. This would be reflected in the tender and diligent care Donna showed her mother in her mother’s later years.
Early in her life Donna moved to Burley, Idaho, where she would spend most of her youth. Growing up during this time she enjoyed swimming, playing in grass fields, and collecting errant golf balls from a nearby golf course to sell, babysitting, and caring for orphaned lambs.
As a young woman she faithfully served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in London, England — a period of her life that she talked about often ever since, always remembering the simple joys of it such as fish and chips.
After her mission she met Nathan Williams on a blind date that Nathan’s mom set up after having met Donna since one of Donna’s sisters was married to a relative of Nathan’s. After a brief courtship, they were married and sealed to one another on January 28th, 1978, in the Salt Lake City LDS temple.
Soon after she graduated from BYU with a degree in elementary education and taught elementary school for five years before transitioning over to being a full-time mom with the birth of Zac, her first child. Following was her 2nd son, Ryan, then her only daughter, Cassie, and finally her youngest son, David. It is notable that every one of her children felt as if they were the “favorite” child — such was her ability to show individual care to each depending on their unique needs.
As she raised her family, she grew to love camping, making quilts, swimming, visiting with her siblings, gardening, spending time with her children and granddaughters, and serving in LDS temples. In truth, wherever her family was she wanted to be, doing whatever they were doing.
After her children had grown into adulthood, she returned to work as a substitute teacher and later a customer service representative at several companies. Regardless, she always stayed actively engaged in her children and grandchildren’s lives, considering it a tremendous blessing and joy that they all lived close by.
Her devotion to her family was divine in nature as she always saw her family through an eternal, spiritual lens. She was a peacemaker, gentle spirit, and humble servant of God. She rarely complained about anything and walked through life full of a tireless confidence in God’s Plan of Salvation. As such, she never deviated from a great desire to develop Christ-like attributes, which she succeeded at in remarkable ways. She truly was and will continue to be a bright light and great example to all who were blessed to have known her.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 12:00 PM at an LDS chapel at 4501 W. 11800 S., Riverton, UT84096. The viewing was from 9:30 AM to 11:45 AM prior to the service.