Donna Raymond Parkinson Cherry, 92, of Ashton, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Ashton Living Center from natural causes.
She was born Feb. 15, 1921, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Mary Yvette Raymond and Fred Doney Parkinson. She was the second of six children. She attended schools in Rexburg and graduated from Madison High School in 1940. She grew up on the family farm in Newdale, Idaho, where she helped with all the work alongside her mother and five brothers.
She married LaVar Allen Cherry on Aug. 14, 1941, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. To this union was born five children -- two sons and three daughters. In 1947, they purchased a farm at Warm River at what is now known as Cherry's Butte. They raised potatoes, grain and hay and later added a band of sheep. From 1947 until 1959, they lived on the farm at Warm River in the summer and moved back to Rexburg for the winters. In 1959, they purchased a home, built by LaVar in 1954, on Highway 20 south of Ashton. LaVar passed away May 9, 2001.
Donna worked with her husband on the farm and with the sheep. She cooked many meals for farmhands and sheep shearers throughout the years and was a very good cook and a hard worker. She kept books for the farming operation and LaVar's construction business. She also worked for many years in local potato warehouses.
Donna was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many church callings, including Primary and Relief Society, with many of her dearest and lifelong friends.
She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Sonja Cherry of Ashton; children, Carole (Kay) Biorn of St. Anthony and Allyn (Clair) Allison, Layle (J'lene) Cherry and Suzette (James) Bollinger, all of Ashton; 21 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Fred (Nola) Parkinson of Silverton, Ore., and Layle (Marlene) Parkinson of Sacramento, Calif.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years; a son, Paul; and three brothers, DeVere, Reid and Vaness Parkinson.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Tri-Ward LDS church, north of Pineview Cemetery in Ashton. The family will meet with friends and family from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday before services, both at the church. Interment will be in Pineview Cemetery under the direction of Baxter Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www .baxterfh.com.