Donna Jane Lott Johnson
Donna Jane Lott Johnson was born Feb. 7, 1923, in Wellsville, Cache County, Utah. Her parents are Roy Neal Lott and Elizabeth Ardell Yonk Lott. She passed June 2, 2012 at The Gables of Blackfoot, Bingham County, the widow of Whitney Owen Johnson.
In 1930, the Morning News newspaper announced that the Lott family was moving onto the "West Farm" in Groveland. The Lott siblings, Darrell, Beth and Donna, attended Groveland Elementary School. Donna played basketball for the traveling Groveland team. She graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1941. She attended Stevens-Henegar Business School, graduating in office and business techniques.
On May 12, 1944, Donna Lott and Whitney Johnson were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Three daughters, Kaye, Sharlene, and Ruth Ann, were born to this union. Of their 67 years together, 56 were lived in Groveland.
Over a 35-year period, she worked as a secretary in law, medical, insurance and agricultural offices. Her last job was with the Atomic Energy Commission in Idaho Falls. She retired in the mid-1980's.
Service to the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was an important part of Donna’s life. She participated in the creation of dozens of quilts (piecing, quilting, tying, and binding) to sell at bazaars to raise money for church building funds, and the Relief Society. Quilting bees for wedding presents or family needs was a common activity. Crocheting afghans for family was a favorite hobby. Being awarded a blue ribbon for a white baby afghan at the Eastern Idaho State Fair was a pleasant validation of her skills. Sewing for three daughters and herself honed her sewing skills. She made her oldest daughter's wedding dress with yards and yards of satin, lace, pearls and covered buttons.
Donna served for many years as the secretary of the National Federation for the Blind. She supported her blind husband in his leadership roles in that organization. After retirement, she volunteered over 1,000 hours to the Bingham Memorial Hospital nursing home, styling hair for the residents. She also joined the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and served a term as captain of the Groveland Camp.
Your family will miss your hand-beaten fudge, your peanut butter cookies, and the wonderful hugs.
Donna is survived by her daughters, Kaye (Bob) Aubrey, Sharlene (Hugh) Sandow, and Ruth Ann Johnson, all of Blackfoot; grandchildren, Rob (Lauri) Aubrey of Blackfoot, Garren (Debra) Aubrey, Shelley (Bill) Kinghorn, B. J. (Shantel) Stinger, Jennifer (Donny) Flores, all of Pocatello, and Markell (Mat) Scheer of Idaho Falls; 14 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren; brother, Darrell (Carol) Lott of Mesa, Ariz.; in-laws, Ann (Joseph) Baldree and Verlene Johnson of Groveland; and dozens of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister, Beth Jensen, and brother- in-law, Clifford Jensen, grandson, Steve Aubrey, and four nephews. The family wishes to thank The Gables and Blackfoot Home Health and Hospice for their excellent and loving care of our Mom.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2012, at the Blackfoot LDS Groveland Second Ward, 155 North 380 West. The family will visit with friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will follow in the Groveland Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.