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Obituary for Donna Joy Stone

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Donna Joy Stone

May 7, 1926 - September 12, 2016

Donna Joy Stone passed away on September 12, 2016, rejoining her sweetheart Robert Philip Stone, who most certainly said to her, “Joy, what took ya so long?” Mom never liked to be early. To her, it was logic: she knew she hated waiting more than other people did, so of course others should understand if she was the last to arrive. Always one to do things her way, Joy died peacefully on her own schedule with no specific cause of death other than that she was 90 years old and ready to go.


Joy was born May 7, 1926 to Elmer and Ruth Lasater in Murray, Utah.


She graduated from Murray High School and took classes for a year at the University of Utah, where she studied Russian during the Cold War, to the consternation of her top-secret-clearance husband who received a visit from his government employers to discuss his wife’s studies. Joy had a career long before such a thing was common for women, and in the 1960s was one of few high-ranking female civil service employees at Hill Air Force Base, working as a management analyst in the Office of Plans and Operations.


Bob and Joy lived many happy years in Roy, Utah as members of the Lakeview Ward, the Roy 13th Ward, and the Cedar Crest Ward; they also lived in France and San Bernardino, California.


The greatest love of her life was her son, Kelly Robert Stone, whom she had at the age of forty after trying for seventeen years. She was so glad to welcome a new daughter into the family when Kelly married Heather Joy Holmes in 1988, and was thrilled with the arrival of each of her four grandchildren: Dillon Kelly Stone, McKenzie Joy Stone, Bailey Elaine Stone, and Sadie Rae Stone.


Donna is survived by her brother, E. Lee Lasater and sister, Gloria Wilkes, and preceded in death by sister, Shirley Hoggan.


Funeral services will be on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 11:00 am at the Cedar Crest Ward, 3845 S. 2000 W. in Roy, Utah.


Friends may call Friday, September 16, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Leavitt’s Mortuary on 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.  Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 10:00 to 10:45 AM at the church.


Interment will be in Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 10:00 to 10:45 AM at the Cedar Crest Ward Building, 3845 S. 2000 W. Roy, Utah.


Service Information

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016

Time: 11:00 am -

LDS Cedar Crest Ward


3845 S 2000 W, , Roy, UT,

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: May 7, 1926
Died: September 12, 2016

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Dot Baker posted on 11/9/16

Kelly & Heather, I can not tell you how sorry I am that I wasn't in town to meet you at the mortuary. I've thought about my good friend so often but I didn't know how to get in touch with you to ask about her. Please let me know if & when we could get together & see each other again. The last time Joy & I were together, that was long ago, she wasn't doing very well, especially with her shoulder. Oh I wish I'd know where she was so I could have visited her. It was such a beautiful picture in the news paper. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Dot Baker


Anna Stone Keogh posted on 9/18/16

Dear Family of Joy I knew Joy in the Independence Branch at the Vets Home. I want tell you that she was beloved by myself and many others who volunteered there. The night she died a few of us gathered in her room to pray for her and give thanks that we knew her. In her difficult physical circumstances she radiated good cheer to me and had a very strong finger grip, letting me know she cared back for me. In Church if I held up the hymn book her eyes followed along the verses as the congregation sang. I was honored to sit by her for the last year and a half and help lift the Sacrament to her lips. I often told her that I knew she was a person with strong faith and a strong mind. The obituary that you wrote was a gem and told me lots of things I didn't know since Joy couldn't talk and tell her story. May God bless her in Heaven! May God bless all of her family still on earth! Sincerely Anna Stone Keogh RS President Independence Branch


Rosalie posted on 9/17/16

Kelly, Heather, and Family, My heart goes out to you at this time. Your Mother was a wonderful lady! Just know that even though this is hard your Mom and Dad are watching over you from the other side. They still want the best for you. May you feel the Lord's love for you in the days and years to come. - Rosalie


Holly Peterson posted on 9/16/16

Kelly, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She must have been a wonderful friend to you. What a pretty lady. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Holly


Kodye Porter posted on 9/16/16

So sorry to hear of this Kelly, what a lovely tribute to her. Thinking of you and yours.


Suzanne M Jensen posted on 9/15/16

I so loved Joy, and helping take care of her. My love is with you Kelly and Heather.