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Donna Mayhew Clayburn, age 96, died November 21, 2021, peacefully at the Beehive Home Assisted Living in Riverton, Utah. Donna lived a great wonderful life of 96 years.
She was born in Talmage, Utah, to Shelby and Elma Mayhew on September 9, 1925. Later they moved to Utahn, Utah, along with her 3 sisters, Bernice, Aenona “Nona,” and Elaine, and lived there until 1943 when they all moved to Salt Lake City.
Oh, the stories we heard about her childhood. Mainly told by her sisters, you would have thought she was the main instigator of all the shenanigans! But to the end she totally denied it (with a mischievous grin, of course).
Donna missed her sweetheart David Kenneth “Ken” Clayburn so much while living in SLC that they got married on June 22, 1944, in the Salt Lake Temple . They moved to Bridgeland and lived with Ken’s family until he went into the military service that fall. She then went back to Salt Lake to live with her parents again. When he returned, they moved back to Bridgeland and began their life together and lived there for over 60 years.
After her children were grown and married Donna decided to go to work. She was so nervous to accept the job because it was her first job ever out of the home. She worked at Western Auto (now known as Nielsen’s/ Marsen’s) and loved meeting people and talking and laughing with them She made great friends while working there one being Arba Uresk. She also had many life time friends, Nancy Gilbert, and Clista Nelson Foote to name a few.
Donna loved many things, one of them being dancing. She and Ken joined a square dance club and traveled to many places, one of them being Hawaii. Dancing was the highlight of her life! While in the Beehive Home, she entertained many by doing her little “jig.” She also enjoyed making her famous cinnamon rolls which she always shared with everyone. She loved quilting, and gave a beautiful white blessing quilt to most of her great-grandchildren and a baby quilt to all of her grandchildren. She loved roses, especially red ones!
Donna was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in many callings. Family was the most important thing in her life. She loved visits by her grandchildren and greats. When they went to visit her at the Beehive Home, she would be so excited to see everyone – although, in the end, she couldn't recognize many of them but they knew by that twinkle in her eyes, “she really did know.”
We love you and will miss you!
Donna is survived by children, Steven (Connie) Clayburn, Diane (Randy) Murphy, Leon (Peggy) Clayburn; nine grandchildren, Travis (Annette) Clayburn, Stacy (Christina) Clayburn, Ryan (Stacey) Clayburn, Wayne (Stacy) Clayburn, Brandi (Von) Proctor, David (April) Kotter, Shaye (Abe) Ward, Shelby (Tiffani) Clayburn, Sheila (Kelsey) Fieldsted and 28 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Shelby and Elma Jensen Mayhew; husband Kenneth; sister, Aenona “Nona”; parents-in-law, Reece and Amy Hancock Clayburn; brothers-in-law, Jay Horrocks, Dwain Baich, LaMar “Crock” Crocker; Clayburn-in-laws, Helen & Vere Neilson, Zeda & Lorell Brady, Edna & Ward Johnson, Erma & Ray Thomas, Eva & Roy Murphy, Joe & Lillie May Clayburn, and Reed & Joyleen Clayburn.
Funeral services will be held at the Bridgeland Chapel at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 27, 2021. A viewing will be held that morning from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Burial will be in the Roosevelt Memorial Park.