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Obituary for Dona Bieler Harris

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Dona Bieler Harris

April 17, 1925 - February 9, 2015

Our beloved and cherished mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt passed peaceably from this life on February 9th, 2015 at the home of her daughter in Ogden, Utah.

Dona Bieler Harris was born April 17th, 1925 in Ogden, Utah to Paul Samuel Bieler and Itha Galbraith.

She married the love of her life, Harold Duane Harris on November 6th, 1942 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple as he was preparing to serve with the United States Navy in World War II.  She typified all that was good with the greatest generation as she learned to be a mother and run a home within the confines that war brings.  She not only rose to the occasion, but through sacrifice and hard work made their house a home.

She led a joyful and complete life that always exemplified the “pioneer spirit” with everything she did.  She exhibited self-reliance, creativity, thriftiness, and hard work to create a comfortable and loving environment even in the early lean years of their marriage.   She taught these qualities to her children and grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.  She had a gift for sewing, which she taught herself at a young age.  This talent carried her through this life as she created many useful and valued items for both herself and those around her.

Her home was always open to others.  She loved her friends, those from BYU, Shell Oil and Ely, Nevada.  She held them near and dear to her heart, and cherished the many vacations they enjoyed together.   She was eager to take the time to play a round of hearts or push rummy with anyone that asked, serve a warm meal, or laugh late into the night.

She was a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and was very proud of her pioneer ancestry.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Duane; parents, and sister Virginia Waterlyn and daughter-in-law Bobbi.  She is survived by children Duane Bieler Harris, Michael Glen Harris (Letha), Nanon Record (Mike), Robin Bieler Harris (Cathy), and Kevin Bieler Harris; sisters, Evelyn Forbes and  Jeanette VanAlfen; 19 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at the Shadow Valley Ward House, 5191 Old Post Rd, Ogden, Utah, at 11:00 am.  A viewing will be held at 9:30 am – 10:45 am prior to the service at the Ward House.

Interment will be at the Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 – 36th St., Ogden, Utah.


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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015

Time: 9:30 am - 10:45 am

LDS Shadow Valley Ward House


5191 Old Post Road, , Ogden, UT,

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Prior to the Funeral Service

LDS Shadow Valley Ward House

5191 Old Post Rd

Ogden, UT


Service Information

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015

LDS Shadow Valley Ward House


5191 Old Post Road, , Ogden, UT,

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Shadow Valley Ward House

5191 Old Post Road

Ogden, UT

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 - 36th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park

836 – 36th St.

Ogden, UT  84403

Interment will be immediately after Funeral Service


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Born: April 17, 1925
Died: February 9, 2015

Condolences for Dona Bieler Harris

harlan bangerter posted on 2/14/15

There is always some poor soul who misses the funeral by a day because he doesn't read the obituary carefully. In this case it was me. I drove up to the church on Old Post road on Friday morning, wondering where everyone was! Very sorry to have made that mistake. I remember Dona very fondly from my early days. I was hoping to have a chance to visit with my dear friend Skip. I haven't seen him in thirty years, and I wanted to speak with him. My condolences to your great family. I'm glad we had you as friends and ward members.


Owen & Gwen Daw posted on 2/12/15

We are remembering with fondness the time spent in the Granger 8th ward together. We send our love and condolences.


Lyle Nielsen posted on 2/12/15

Nanon, My heart and prayers are with you and your brothers. Your mom was a huge influence in my childhood. Too many memories to mention but I was blessed for having known both Dona and Duane. I think about you often and am grateful for the childhood friendship we had. With Love, Lyle


Janet Nielsen Litster posted on 2/11/15

Skip and Nannon, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember her a fun personality and her spirit. I use to iron for her all those many years ago. My prayers are with you and your families. Sunshine and Hugs, Janet