Dona E. Wheeler Sanford Belnap, 94
1918 – 2013
Dona Eliza Wheeler was born Aug. 22, 1918, in Moreland, the oldest daughter of Austin and Lurlean (England) Wheeler.
She died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the home of her granddaughter/son Julie and Todd Jorgensen.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Paul LDS Stake Center, 424 Ellis, with a viewing an hour prior to the service. A viewing will also be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Morrison Payne Funeral Home, 321 E. Main St., Burley. Burial is at noon Tuesday, May 28, at the Paul cemetery.
Dona graduated from Moreland High School in 1936. She earned a two-year teaching certificate and taught second grade in Paul.
She married Bud W. Sanford in 1940 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They lived in Paul, then moved to Quincy, Wash., from 1960-67,when they moved to Mountain Home. She taught at the Mountain Home Air Force Base until she retired in 1982.
Dona was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served in Relief Society and Young Women’s. Music was an important part of her life and she was a chorister and organist wherever she lived. When the Boise LDS Temple opened, Bud and Dona served for five years.
She always had a flower and vegetable garden, but reading was her favorite pastime. She quilted blankets for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bud died in 1987 and in 1990 she married Ike Belnap, an old school friend. They lived summers in Moreland and winters in Quartzsite, Ariz. They served an LDS mission to Tulsa, Okla. Ike died in 2005 and she since then lived mostly with her daughter Karla in Pocatello and her granddaughter, Julie, in Burley.
Survivors include her children, Kent and Judy of Oakley, Kim and Sandy of Boise, Kaye and Dan Steffler of Nampa and Karla and Dennis Alex of Pocatello; 16 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Cherril (Jesse) Moses of Burley and Janis (J.R.) Willey of Springdale, Ark.; brother, Wilmer (Vada) Wheeler of Phoenix, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; brothers Dean, Calvin and Larry; her parents; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter and great-grandson.
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