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Obituary for Donna Anderson Harston Michaelson

Donna Anderson Harston Michaelson passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, October 27, 2017 at her home in Sandy, Utah. (She was 98 years young.)
Donna was born on February 10, 1919 in Salem, Utah to Myra Emma Tolman & Ernest Nephi Anderson. She grew up in Otto, Wyoming and was the oldest of three children.
She graduated from high school in Basin, attended the University of Wyoming and the University of Utah, earning a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She later attended graduate school at the University of Utah in the School of Social Work.
She married Miles Briggs Harston on May 1, 1942 in Cowley, Wyoming and later was sealed in the Logan Utah LDS Temple. They are the parents of 2 beloved children (Jerry & Jeanna).
Donna had a rich career in education. She worked as an Elementary School Teacher, School Social Worker, & Head Start/Title 1 Director for Davis School District. She was also the secretary of the Utah State Head Start Directors Association, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma during her years as an educator, and a member of the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
She has been a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of her life, serving as a teacher & leader in Ward & Stake Primary, Sunday School & Relief Society Auxiliaries. She loved serving others. Teaching was a pleasure and means by which she shared her love for the Savior so naturally with those around her. By her loving, gentle and kind manner, she influenced those who knew her for good. She never wavered in her determination to do what was right.
She is survived by her daughter, Jeanna (Dennis) Jones; daughter-in-law, Libby (Martin) Pendley; step-children: Arlene Michaelson and Russell (Ruth) Michaelson; as well as 11 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest & Myra; eternal companion, Miles; second husband, Willis J. Michaelson; and her son, Jerry Miles Harston. Her brothers, Dee Ernest (Venice) Anderson and James William (Jean) Anderson, also preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Sandy First Ward LDS Chapel, 8670 South 220 East, Sandy, Utah, at 11:00 a.m. Visitations will be held Friday, November 3, 2017 at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 S State St, Murray, Utah, from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, November 4th from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. at the LDS Church listed above. Interment at the Bountiful City Cemetery, 2224 South 200 West, Bountiful, Utah 84010.


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Visitation

Friday

3

Nov

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home - Murray

4760 S State Street
Murray, UT 84107

Visitation

Saturday

4

Nov

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Sandy First Ward LDS Chapel

8670 South 220 East
Sandy, Utah 84070

funeral service

Saturday

4

Nov

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sandy First Ward LDS Chapel

8670 South 220 East
Sandy, Utah 84070

Cemetery Details

Location

Bountiful City Cemetery

2020 South 200 West
Bountiful, UT 84010

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