PRICE - Donna Fae Livingston Carlson was released from her mortal journey on Monday, March 18, 2013. We will miss her terribly but we are happy that she was reunited with those she was most anxious to be with, especially her daughter, Kathy, and her special kitty, Lady.
Donna began her life on July 10, 1934, in her beloved grandmother Livingston's home in Spring Canyon. She was the daughter of Arden and Ruby Cook Livingston. She and Ruby were very close. Donna cared for Ruby from the age of four, when Ruby was paralyzed in a car accident that Donna often spoke of. In Ruby's last days, Donna cared for Ruby with just as much love and devotion as she did as a baby. We can imagine how sweet their reunion was.
Donna married Charles Richardson in June of 1951. Together they had two beautiful daughters, Susan Faye and Paula Jayne. They later divorced but always remained close friends.
Donna"s greatest talent was her capacity to forgive and love, and her generosity knew no bounds. She was eager to share all that she had been blessed with. There wasn't a person who left her home without what they needed. Whether it was a box of food, money in hand, or a hug, kiss, and the words "I love you."
Donna was "owner and operator" of the El Rancho Lounge for 17 years. During this time, she became know to all as "Mom" or "Ma". Donna loved to have fun and was always hosting annual barbecues and pool tournaments.
She later renewed her faith and wrote in her journal of the day she received her endowment in the Manti Temple as "the proudest, most peaceful and wonderful day of my life."
We will always remember her with happy hearts anytime we hear a verse of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" or "The Old Grey Mare". Nor will we ever be able to eat a piece of red velvet cake, smell a orchid, or look at a perfectly wrapped Christmas gift with it's elaborate bows without thinking of this fantastic woman.
Donna is survived by her daughters, Susan (John) Piccolo of Price, Paula Jayne (Mark) Massman of San Jose, CA; her constant and forever friend, Colleen Wells; her "chosen daughters", Shirley, Connie, Mara, (and MANY others), 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren (who were the apple of her eye).
The family would like to thank Bishop Harold Oaks and his wife, Rita; her favorite doctor, Jeanne Hunt; her favorite aide, Chanda,;and the staff of Rocky Mountain Care for love and attention you gave to our angel. You blessed her life and ours in turn.
In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Donna, please dote on your children more, wave to your neighbor, send a card to a family member or friend and tell them how special they are to you. She would want that.
Funeral service, Saturday, March 23, 2013, 2 p.m., Price 11th LDS Ward Chapel (300 W. 500 S., Price). Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Friday evening from 6 - 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday one hour prior to services. Interment, Wellington City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of Donna online at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.
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