Donna Raymond Parkinson Cherry, 92, of Ashton, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Ashton Living Center from natural causes.
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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 along side 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 on May 9, 2001.
Donna worked with her husband on the farm and with the sheep. She cooked many meals for farm hands and sheep shearers throughout the years and was a very good cook and 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 and 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 held at the Tri-Ward LDS Church in Ashton, north of Pineview Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. The family will meet with friends and family Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the church and again Wednesday prior to the service from 10 to 10:45 am. Interment will be in the Pineview Cemetery in Ashton under the direction of Baxter Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.baxterfh.com.
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Feb. 26, 2013