December 6, 1923 ~ November 2, 2021
Our beloved Donna Vallier returned home to her loving Heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Joining with those of her family who had passed on before her. Donna was born the sixth child of six girls and five boys, on December 6, 1923, to Jonathan James and Ada Lillian Pugmire. She was born in St. Charles, Idaho, a small town in Bear Lake County.
She learned early in life how to be a hard worker, as many years were spent on the farm in St. Charles weeding the garden, picking the raspberries, and helping her mother in the kitchen. She loved to bake. Her love was always there for each member of her family.
She was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at eight years of age, on December 30, 1931. Her mother always saw that she was at church on Sundays.
She met her future husband, the kindest man she ever knew is what she told everyone, while attending a dance. He was Corporal Lowell George Vallier, from Auburn, Michigan, stationed at Hill Air Force Base at the time. They were later married March 2, 1951.
Donna traveled a lot with Lowell, they lived in every state of the union except Washington. They also lived in England and visited France, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Her beloved Lowell passed while he was on TDY in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1963. He had a severe asthma attack and died at the age of 34. She and Lowell never had children of their own. So, Donna was left alone at an early age, but she still had her siblings and her mother. She cared for her mother until she passed, then her younger brother Kay needed her care until he also passed. Kay’s sons were like her own. But she was like a second mother to her nieces and nephews. She was beyond generous and had a big heart. She had a great capacity to love and help whoever needed her. She was an incredible woman, always open and honest.
In her later years she lived with her niece Shirley Yearsley. Shirley and her family were a Godsend to Donna, but Shirley would say it was the other way around.
Before she passed, she wanted to say one last thing. “I want my family to know how much I loved them, they have been a blessing and a pleasure to me throughout my life. God bless them all.”
We have all been so blessed for having her in our lives and are so grateful for having the privilege of being a part of her life.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell George Vallier; her father, Jonathan James Pugmire, and her mother, Ada Lillian Pugmire. Donna was the last leaf to drop from her family tree. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, James, Reed, Jack, Jarvis, and Kay Pugmire; and her sisters, Leola Taylor, Myrtle McGuire, Marge Walk, Verna Saner, and Karma Dungan.
Loved and never forgotten.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
The family would like to thank all of the many professionals who cared for Donna.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.