Donna May Lloyd Mitchell, 88, of Emmett, Idaho, "took her dolls and dishes and went home" on Oct. 30, 2012, at 1:45 p.m. after a courageous fight with lung disease.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. Burial will follow in the Emmett Cemetery.
Donna was born May 7, 1924, in Preston, Idaho, daughter of Joseph Hyrum Lloyd and Harriet Wells Lloyd. She was raised and educated in Downey and Preston.
She married Clarence Mitchell Sept. 27, 1944, in Pocatello, Idaho. Their marriage was solemnized on Aug 16, 1957, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Donna and Clarence began their life together in Dayton, Idaho. In 1945 they moved to Vale, Ore., where they farmed together. They moved to Emmett in 1959 and worked together as independent grocers for more than 20 years, owning the West Side Market, C&J Foodland and Mitchell's IGA Foodliner.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; husband Clarence; brother Lynn; two sisters, Lorean and Thelma; and granddaughter. Angela Chapman Butler.
Donna loved to read, "cut a rug," cook from scratch, give gifts, and hug babies -- and there have been many to hug. Her very favorite thing was her family.
Survivors include sister, Glenda Mitchell of Davenport, Wash.; daughters, Marie (Duane) Barrett of Albany, Ore., Pam (Ron) Noble of McCall, Idaho, Fran (Art) Goldsmith of Lake Stephens, Wash. and son, Jim (Kathy) Mitchell of Oak Park, Ill.; and her grandchildren, Teresa Noble, Tina Noble and Todd Noble (Beth Vawter) of Boise, Idaho, Shannon (John) Stephen of Albany, Sharlene Thomas of Philomath, Ore., Mike (Shelly) Barrett of Tualatin, Ore., Stacy (Jim) Stewart of Bel Air, Md., Andrew (Christine) Mitchell of Oak Park, Ill. and Kevin Jacobson of Edmonds. Her great-grandchildren include Cody (Ashley) Rood, Jenny Rood, Ashley Butler, Sydney Amigo, Tyler Thomas, Amaya Amigo, Haley Thomas, Samantha Wright, Mitchell Thomas, Danielle Fenison, Jacob Stephen, Rachael Stephen, Kinzie Jacobson, Bryan Thomas, Allison Stewart, Jack Barrett, Flynn Mitchell, Gabrielle Barrett, Fiona Mitchell, Grady Noble, Chloe Stewart and Ellery Noble and great-great-grandchildren are Austin and Afton Rood. She is also survived by niece, Vicki (Rob) Morcom of Davenport, Wash. and their children, as well as numerous other special nieces and nephews throughout the country.
At a family reunion about five years ago, Donna took a look at the more than 50 family members present and said, "Look what I've done - all of mine and all of those they have chosen. And there's not a bad one in the bunch!"
We miss her already.
Many thanks to the wonderful staff of Summerwind for all the kindness, love, hand-holding and hugs. Donna's family will be forever grateful.
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