Donna Christie Bunnell Winterton, grandmother extraordinaire, peacefully completed her life’s mission on October 2, 2020 due to causes incident to Alzheimer’s.
Her life began in Mt. Pleasant, Utah on October 7, 1934 as the first of two children of Morris and Christie Bunnell. They nurtured their daughter in her father’s childhood hometown in Spring City, UT. Donna loved reading, music and being outdoors. Her love of the outdoors was shared with her family and grandchildren during many cruises, adventures, and trips to Lake Powell where she became an accomplished slalom skier. During her high school years, she was editor of the school paper, participated in piano competitions, girls chorus, and was valedictorian of her senior class. The summer after her graduation in 1952, she was chosen as an attendant to Miss Sanpete County and competed in the Miss Utah pageant in Salt Lake City.
While attending Brigham Young University, one of Donna's roommates had a date with a young man from Heber City, Utah named Doyle Winterton. While the young man waited for his date, he joined in helping Donna do the dishes. Two days later he returned. But this time it was for his eternal sweetheart, Donna. They married in the spring on May 28, 1953 in the Manti, Utah Temple, and were happily married for 67 years.
A few months after they were married, Dad was drafted and shipped off to Korea. Mom returned home to Spring City, where she gave birth to her daughter, Vickie, who was 14 months old when Dad returned. The young couple then moved to Orem, where Dad completed his education at BYU and Mom worked at First Security Bank and Geneva Steel. They built their current home in Provo in 1961 where they patiently raised 8 children.
Mom and Dad started Winterton Audio in 1964, where Mom supported the business as accountant. She also worked at UVU and eventually retired from BYU. Mom spent her life as a dedicated mother, homemaker and wife. She could be found at all hours of the night reading, sewing, ironing and doing laundry as she watched old murder mysteries. Mom was a meticulous grammarian and musician never letting an improper conjugation or wrong note pass by while each of the children practiced the piano. She was always up for an adventure and loved a good movie.
She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who served those in need by bringing in meals and was the organist for the Edgemont 9th ward for many years. We knew her as our loving mother who always encouraged lifelong learning and exploration, reminding us to take pride in our endeavors while showing compassion for our frailties.
Donna had a knack of developing deep relationships and maintained close ties with her high school girl friends (The Gang) even to this day. She was a great friend and made a huge impact on more people than she could ever imagine. She was a wonderful support to her children and grandchildren attending all their activities, including sports, dance and music recitals, and other school and church activities - always with a camera in hand for pictures afterwards.
Donna was classy, energetic, kind, well-mannered and required the table to be properly set, complete with homemade strawberry jam for the grandkids and fresh-cut flowers from her garden. Her sweet nature, vibrant personality, independent spirit, and strength put her among those we might call grand dames. She was an inspiration to her family, friends and all those who knew her. She was compassionate, tolerant, warm, and an advocate for the developmentally and intellectually disabled. She was the type of person who brought out the best in all of us and made us feel like we could accomplish anything.
Donna is survived by her loving husband Doyle Winterton and children: Vickie Nelson (Craig); Mark (Caryn); Gary (Julie); Linda Gleason (Steve); Scott (Mindy); Neal (Heidi); Amy; 27 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Morris Theadore Bunnell and Christie Rasmussen Bunnell, her brother Morris Keith Bunnell and her young son John Winterton.
A viewing will be held by RSVP on October 8 from 6-8pm at the Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N University, Provo UT 84604. An additional viewing will be held by RSVP at 10:00 am on Friday October 9 at the Nelson Family Mortuary. You may reserve a time to visit with RSVP button below the obituary on www.NelsonMortuary.com. Funeral services will be limited to family and close friends only at 11:00 am on Friday, October 9 at the Nelson Family Mortuary.
Masks will be required for all attendees and social distancing observed. All others are invited to attend the service via a live streamed webcast here: Funeral Webcast
A small gathering and dedication of the grave will follow the services at the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery in Provo.
The family would like to thank the caregivers of Applegate Homecare & Hospice and Aspen Senior Care for their compassionate service and care.
Condolences and memories may be offered to the family at www.NelsonMortuary.com.