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Dona Luan Atwood

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Dona Luan Atwood Obituary
Dona Luan Atwood, 85,  passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at Crystal Creek Assisted Living in Idaho Falls.
She was born Dec. 6, 1931 to Harriett Anona Albright and Elias Georgeson Clements in Idaho Falls. She was the fifth of eight children, Nelda (Jim) Swearingen, Glen E. Clements, infant twin sisters, Joan and Jean, Gomer L. Clements, Blackfoot, Carol (Bob) Hemming, Idaho Falls, Gaylord Clements (Diane) Lake, Meridian.
As a young child, Dona lost her mother, leaving a void in her for the rest of her life.
On March 17, 1949, Dona married Merlin Lynn Atwood. They were blessed with five children, Bobby Lynn (Shirlene) Atwood,  Pocatello, Rocky Layne Atwood, Pocatello, Vickie Lenora (Lance) Scott, Maryland, Murray L. (Mary) Atwood, Emmett, and Donita LuAnn (Ron) Rowe, Pingree.
Dona is blessed with 25 grandchildren: Ashley (Alex) Tarasau, Meghann (Greg) Rangel, Cassie Atwood, Stephanie Atwood, Brian Atwood, Andrea (Brad) Shaul, Korin (Logan) Patten, Christen Atwood (Aaron), Jonathan Atwood,Jennifer (Kory) Bromby, Lance  (Amber) Scott Jr., Jacob (Kristen) Scott, Lenora (Dave) Brewer, Paul (Tessa) Atwood, Christopher (Kristen) Atwood, James Atwood (Maddy), Karena (Jim) Kibee, Shawna (Steve) Harrison, Chris Lockhart, Angel (Ethan) Griffiths, Misty (D.J.) Williams, Laura (Eli) Grover, Nick (Valeria) Rowe, Rich Rowe, Jason (Kelsey) Rowe.
And 36 great-grandchildren with two on the way.
After her children were grown, Dona earned her GED and graduated from EVIT S
Dona worked at the INEEL as an operator until her retirement. Dona was an excellent mother, seamstress, cook and homemaker.
She loved spending time with her grandchildren, herding Beefalo on their ranch, taking motorhome trips, jumping on the trampoline and lying on the ditch bank catching water skippers.
She loved traveling and enjoyed the many places she lived, Pingree, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Emmett, Firth and Pocatello with her grandson, Nick, and his wife, Valeria.
While living in Fernley, Nev. she lovingly helped many converts to the church as her husband served as  Branch President. Many missionaries enjoyed ice cream and homemade jerky at their home.
Dona was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served in many organizations. She loved singing with the Singing Mothers in Reno. 
She was a compassionate, giving, caring, loving, kind woman. Her legacy will be carried on by her amazing grandchildren in whom she is very proud and well pleased!
Dona was a voracious reader and her children would bring her a library book and by morning she had read it and returned it to them with a request for another. She instilled a love of reading in her children. In June, she moved into assisted living.
A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Idaho Falls.
The family will meet with friends from 6-8 p.m.Friday, Sept. 29 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Morning News on Sept. 25, 2017
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