On the evening of Thursday, June 28, 2018, our dear sweet mother, grandmother, and great grandmother Donna Hulet Buttars was reunited with her beloved husband Charles. She had missed him so much and looked forward to the day when they could be together again. She was born on August 20, 1927 in Chinook, Montana to Leonard Merrill Hulet and Gladys May Waite Hulet. She was welcomed to the family by her older brother Dean. The family moved to Dayton, Idaho when Donna was five years old. Here her father ran his sister's farm, after Emma Callin's husband passed away. Donna's two younger sisters, Arlene and Cleo, joined the family after they moved to Idaho.
Donna graduated from Dayton Elementary School which ran through the 8th grade. They she attended Weston High School. She was in the last class to graduate Weston High in May of 1945. The school burned down in December that same year. Donna married her high school sweetheart, Charles Buttars, on July 30, 1945. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan Temple on September 19, 1951. They raised five children in Weston: Sonya, Craig, Berk, Rex and Dawn. They lived in a two-room log house north of Weston complete with out-house and tin tub for the first five years and their marriage. Then they moved into their brand new home in Weston in 1951. Donna resided in the home until she was 89 years old.
Donna's husband, Charles, passed away in June 2009. That left a sadness and a void in her life that remained there until a few days ago when she joined him. She did stay in the big house in Weston by herself for over five years after that. Then in November of 2014 her daughter, Dawn, moved to Weston and took care of her for almost two years, making it possible for Donna to stay in the home she loved for that much longer. That was a blessing she appreciated-we all did. She then moved to the Lincoln Court retirement community in Idaho Falls in August of 2016.
Donna was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as organist in the Dayton Ward Sunday School before she was married and later as organist in the Weston Ward Primary. She also served as Junior Sunday School Coordinator, Counselor in the Weston Ward Primary, Counselor in the Franklin Stake Primary, teacher in Young Women and many other callings until her eyesight failed in her older years.
Donna was a hard worker. She was a devoted mother and was always able to be home with her children. She kept a clean and organized home and an immaculate yard and garden. She was a supportive wife and always helped her husband with the farm work when needed. She was a good cook and her family loved coming home for her roast beef dinners and fresh vegetable and raspberries from the garden. She also did lovely embroidery work. She gave each of her granddaughters two full sets of dish towels displaying her beautiful handiwork.
Donna spent most of her life in Weston - 69 years. But she and Charles spent the winters in their home in St George for many years, and enjoyed a lot of time at their cabin in Montana. During their active years, they enjoyed traveling, golfing, family and friends.
She is survived by four of her children, Sonya (Stephen) of Centerville, UT; Craig (Kay) of Malad, ID; Berk (Carlie) of Idaho Falls, ID; and Rex (Debi) also of Idaho Falls and David Todd, also of Idaho Falls. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren. She is reunited with husband, her daughter Dawn, her parents, and her brother Dean.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon it the Weston LDS Chapel, 27 North Main in Weston, Idaho. A viewing will be held on Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Weston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com
The family wishes to express appreciation to Lincoln Court Assisted Living in Idaho Falls and Access Home Care and Hospice especially her caregivers Diana, Candice, Tia and Jasmine.