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Donna Pettingill Ward

Mar. 4, 1926 - Nov. 14, 2020

Date of Service: Nov. 23, 2020

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ALMO – Donna Pettingill Ward, 94 of Almo, Idaho, crossed peacefully through the veil and reunited with her husband on November 14, 2020. She was born March 4, 1926, in Elba, Idaho, to her parents, John Basil and Inez Caroline Pettingill. She was welcomed by her parents and older sister, Amy Yvonne. A younger brother, Lynn Pettingill, joined the family five years later.

Donna grew up in Elba on the family farm, where she experienced many happy childhood adventures with her sister and brother. She learned the art of canning, playing the piano and quilting, all of which were an asset to her throughout her life. Over the years Donna and her mother hand quilted over 100 quilts for family and friends.

She attended grade school in Elba where she excelled in socializing and basketball. She then went on to Raft River High School in Malta, Idaho, where she met the love of her life, Thern Ward. She graduated in 1945, and married Thern on January 28, 1946, in the Salt Lake Temple. This union was blessed with six children.

She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During her life she had many callings in the Church including primary teacher, organist for the Relief Society, and quilt director. She had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ that she taught to her children and shared with her friends. Family was very important to her and she kept them close.

She is survived by her sons, Marvin Ward (Arlene) of Elba, and Base Ward (Tammy) of Almo; daughters, VerLynn Anthon (Clyde) of Declo, and Sue Robinson of Burley; daughters-in-law, Maxeen Ward of Burley, and Kae Ward of Elba; brother, Lynn Pettingill of Twin Falls; 29 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren with three more on the way. She deeply loved her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Amy Yvonne Loveland; her brother, Dick Pettingill; husband, Thern Ward Sr.; sons, Morgan T. Ward, and Thern Ward Jr.; son-in-law, Ben Robinson; grandsons, Marvin Nish (Jake) Ward, and Jack Ward; and great-great-grandson, Tyson Zachry Jones.

The family would like to express our gratitude to Autumn Haven in Rupert for the love and excellent care they gave to our mother. She loved Alexis and Rachel and considered them part of the family. We can never thank you enough.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Almo. Burial will be in Sunny Cedar Rest Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley.

For those attending the visitation or funeral service in person, a face mask must be worn at all times and social distancing practiced.

For those unable to attend, a live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/5bM1RdvXYMc.

Condolences for Donna Pettingill Ward

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From Rhonda Chatterly:
Donna has left a marvelous legacy for her wonderful family. I’m sure she was glad to see her sweetheart and children who have passed before. My condolences to the family.
From Kay Durfee:
Just finished viewing the service for Donna, It was a lovely tribute to her and to your whole family. She will be missed but we'll see her again, until then we have our memories. I remember Donna, whenever I saw her she was always happy to see me and always had a smile on her face.
From Roxanne Gillette:
She was an older cousin to my mom Renee Eames Holtman. I remember how kind she was and i love the legacy of her family. Glad i got to learn more about the Pettingills through my mom's beloved cousin Phylis. Love your family and thinking of you all.
From Dee Ann Spencer:
Donna taught me the fine art of making gravy from scratch. . .not the lumpy kind! I think of her when I make gravy. Our families have been friends not just family. Donna and Thern left a wonderful posterity who bless our communities. May God bless you with fond memories and lessons learned that will bring comfort in those moments when something reminds you of her.
May she rest in peace and enjoy the love and companionship of her loved ones who welcome her.
From Wynn and a Jeannine Dewsnup:
We came to Almo 42 years ago and worked for Dwayne Ward. When it was branding time, the tradition for the branding crew was always a fine dinner provided by a good cook. Wynn was the new hired man and so they looked to me to cook the branding dinner. Whoa! I had no idea how to even turn on the oven! Needless to say, Dwayne was concerned about feeding his branding crew, with his new hire, Wynn, being in the shoot pushing the calves up, and his city slicker of a wife in charge of cooking the promised branding dinner. Donna came to the rescue, cooked an excellent roast beef dinner, plenty of mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and dessert. I have never forgotten her willingness to feed this crew and saved poor Dwayne from the new kids in town. I love Donna Ward because she was always happy to serve and she taught me “How” to feed a hungry crew.
From Sharon Hutchison:
Thinking of you with Sincere Sympathy and Fond Memories of your loved one. She was a gracious, beautiful Lady!
From Arlene Thompson Potter :
Donna was a sweet and loving woman. I know there was many waiting to greet her with open arms.

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