Donna Jean Petersen Pack, 89, of Orem, Utah, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. She lived an abundant and joyous life to the very end.
The third of seven children, she was born July 3, 1928, in Brigham City, Utah, to Royes John Petersen and Elva Leone Bingham. She grew up in Brigham City and graduated from Brigham High School where she participated actively in band and drama. She was in a dance band that performed all over northern Utah. She then went to Brigham Young University, where she majored in music. It was there that she met her eternal sweetheart Merrill Raymond Pack the son of Mercy Ethelin (Lewis) and William Raymond Pack of Kamas, Utah. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on June 10, 1949. They lived in New Brunswick, New Jersey; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Orem, Utah; and Pullman, Washington before returning to Orem.
Donna and Merrill were blessed with six children: Ramona (Lane) Kissell, Marilyn Bauder, Robert (Anona) Pack, Rebecca (Delbert) Mack, Valerie (Curtis) Swenson, and Bradley (Lura) Pack.
Donna’s first love was her family. Her many talents—which she shared freely—included sewing, molding and painting ceramics, music (especially playing the saxophone and accordion), and collecting stories and jokes. But she was most well-known for her amazing flower garden and flower arrangements and bouquets, which she joyously and lovingly shared. Her favorite flower was “whichever one is blooming right now,” and in her garden at least 20 varieties were always blooming!
Donna was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved the Lord and served in all the auxiliaries. Perhaps her most interesting assignment was when she and Merrill served in the Ghana Accra Mission in 1987. But her most loved assignment was teaching her Mia Maids.
Donna is survived by her six children, 23 grandchildren, and 41 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Merrill, her parents, her brothers Royes Jr. and Boyd Allen, her great-grandson Zander, and her son-in-law Lane.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Primary Children’s Hospital.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Aspen 8th LDS Ward Chapel located at 1485 North 800 West, Orem, Utah. Viewings will be held on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary located at 495 South State Street, Orem, and on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. just prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial will be in the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, Provo, Utah.
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