Donna Mae Anglesey Andersen
Born: September 16, 1924 in LaBelle, Idaho
Died: January 25, 2013 in Rupert, Idaho
Age: 88 years old
Donna was born Sept. 16, 1924, in LaBelle, Idaho, to Walter James and Alice Luella (Hall) Anglesey. She married Calvin L. Andersen on June 6, 1944, in the Salt Lake Temple. Just five weeks later, he was shipped overseas to fight in World War II for 2½ years. When Calvin returned, they farmed in Rigby, Idaho. In June of 1955, they drew a homestead on the north side near Rupert, Idaho. They lived there 55 years until they moved to Valley Vista Assisted Living in 2011 to facilitate her care.
As a teenager, Donna worked as a telephone operator. During the war, she worked at Aircraft X-ray in California and later at Rogers Brothers seed house in Rigby, Idaho. As children came along, she was a full-time homemaker and mother. She worked beside her husband as they farmed, particularly on the homestead. She helped wherever extra hands were needed, especially in the spring, and driving truck in the harvest.
Donna was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held many teaching positions and also served as Primary president and as counselor in Young Women and Relief Society. She served in Cub Scouts, Blazers, nursery, library and as Relief Society president. Donna and Calvin served for several years as temple workers in the Logan Temple.
She loved to go swimming. Donna loved to cook and learned how at a young age. She made delicious bread and pies and was expert at “good old home-style cooking,” making everything from scratch. She loved to crochet and embroider. Seldom were her hands idle. She loved to read and always had a book close by. She read countless books aloud to her own children and the grandchildren that followed. Donna loved to sing. She would often start singing a song whenever the lyrics fit a particular situation. She had an amazing ability to comfort babies. Hours were spent rocking them and singing a long list of songs she had memorized. She loved to attend games, concerts and other events that her children and grandchildren participated in.
In their later years, Donna and Calvin traveled to Europe, Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean. They went on several trips across the United States, enjoying the sights and building new friendships. She would say, “It was a lovely trip but there is no place like home.”
Donna is survived by her eternal companion, Calvin; their eight children, Theron (Kay Dawn) Andersen, Vicki (Arnold) Hansen, Dwight (Rita) Andersen, Wade (Jerry) Andersen and Lance (Elizabeth) Andersen, all of Rupert, Wayne (Ronda) Andersen and Roxie Kincade of Burley, and Thayne (Rebecca) Andersen of Bluffdale, Utah; 48 grandchildren; 80 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, David Anglesey; and a sister, Marva Murdoch. She was preceded in death by her parents; 10 siblings; and a great-grandson, Tate.
The family would like to thank Valley Vista Assisted Living for the kind care extended to Donna the last two years. They would also like to thank Minidoka Home Health and Hospice for their loving care these last few years and particularly during the final days.
Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Rupert LDS Stake Center, 348 E. 18th St. in Rupert, Idaho, with Bishop Rick Larson officiating. A viewing will be held for friends and family from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 29, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday, both at the Rupert Stake Center. Burial will be in the Rupert Cemetery. Services are under the direction of SereniCare Funeral Home in Draper, Utah, directors Larry and Arvin Hansen.