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Dona Mae Spinks
Dona Mae Spinks, 86, passed away on October 12, 2020, at her home in Ogden, Utah.
She was born on April 3, 1934, to Maidell and Jean Matheson Clements, in Kellogg, Idaho.
Dona was a strong independent woman, from a long line of strong women. She spent her early childhood near Palmer, Alaska, where her father worked at Independence Gold Mine. They returned to Northern Idaho at the start of World War II. Dona graduated from Kellogg High School and Sacred Heart School of Nursing, in Spokane, Washington.
It was here that she met her handsome Texan, Billy. He had just returned from Korea and was stationed at Fort Lewis. After double-dating, he knew he was smitten with his friend’s date, the cute little dark-haired Norwegian. They celebrated 65 years of marriage on June 4th of this year.
Together they lived in many places around the world, while Bill was in the Army. This included Alaska, Virginia, and West Germany. For the last 44 years, they called Nordic Valley their home. There they made lifetime friends and shared poppy seed, bird books, and wine with their neighbors.
Dona loved to ski and took advantage of the senior discounts at Powder Mountain, well into her 80’s. She also loved a sunny day spent on Nordic skis at local areas like North Fork park. She loved Nature. The mountains were her cathedral and she taught generations of family to love birds, plants, and wildflowers.
She will be remembered for her kindness, warmth, sense of justice, and friendliness. We will know she is near when we hear the song of a mountain chickadee.
Dona is survived by her husband Billy A. Spinks; her children: Michael Spinks of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sherry Johnson of Ogden, Utah, Laurie Spinks-Loevy (Ross) of Ogden, Utah, Kevin Spinks (Zsata) of Granada Hills, California, and Janna Pilcher (Todd) of Ogden, Utah. Her grandchildren, whom she adored: Danielle, Michelle, Jared, Zsanae, Hannah, Dillon and Tiffany; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Martin Clemets of Osburn, Idaho.
She was preceded in death by her sister Gayle Booth, of Clarkston, Washington.
A memorial service and celebration of life for friends and family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross, The Nature Conservancy or a charity of your choice.
What a wonderful picture of Dona. That's how I see her in my mind's eye. What a beautiful smile. She was always great fun to spend time with. Viking Drive will miss her. I'm praying for God's peace for Bill and all the children and grandchildren left behind. Thinking of you all. Praying for you all.
Cindy Beger Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM
I still remember your cute mom from when we worked together. I'm sure you will all miss her.
Love and miss you.
Marilyn Kirby Hornaday Davis
Marilyn Davis Nov 4 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Bill and family,
It was only on Saturday during my walk through Nordic Valley that I ran into Ray and he told me about Dona's passing. It just so happened I was standing right in front of your house when he told me this. I am so very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful woman, a tremendous loss for you, your family and all of your friends. Sue and I will dearly miss her friendship and the smile she always had on her face as she greeted us. We will always be here for you Bill, anything we can do for you and the family, just ask. Miss seeing you here in Nordic my friend. Love, Steve and Sue
Steve Munson Nov 2 2020 12:00 AM
Scott & I are so sorry to hear of Dona's passing. She was such a classy lady. Kendra & Mindy were sad to hear of this also and send their love. Scott and Janelle Landes
Scott & Janelle Landes Oct 25 2020 12:00 AM
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. We send our deepest condolences to your dad and the family. Hopefully your mom, our mom and Betty are having a glass of wine together right now. Sending love from Jay Christensen and his girls.
Cindie Lewis Oct 18 2020 12:00 AM
Bill and family, we are so sorry to hear about Donas passing. She always had a beautiful smile and always waved to us every we walked by your house, or when you drove past ours. Sending our love and prayers to your family during this sad time. Love, Garn and Kim Tolsma
Kim and Garn Tolsma Oct 18 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Dona Spinks
Gina Thompson Oct 17 2020 12:00 AM
A soft spoken gentle lady. Classy, sassy and easy to love. Memories with Donna I'll treasure. The many sleep overs at her house in Nordic Valley with my bff janna. Donna you will live on in our hearts and memories. Rest now beautiful lady. The heavens will shine even brighter at night.
Gina Thompson Oct 17 2020 12:00 AM
that is a beautiful picture of Dona and a beautiful obituary. She was a wonderful lady and you should all be so proud.
Love you guys
Patty, Don, and Kra
Patty Uchida Oct 17 2020 12:00 AM
Beautiful lady and special friend. So sorry to her family, who cherished her so much. Donna you will always be an inspiration
Mike Droubay family Oct 16 2020 12:00 AM