In Memory

Donna Bird (Sumner)


Donna Jean Bird Sumner

SANDY – Our beloved Donna Jean Bird Sumner, 33, passed away September 25, 1982, after a noble struggle with cancer.

Born January 3, 1949, Salt Lake City, to Charles R. and Marian Bricker Bird. Married Sterling Elton Sumner, May 14, 1971, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  Attended BYU and the University of Utah. Active Member of the Union 20th Ward.

She was a loving and supportive wife, gentle mother, and devoted sister and daughter. To all who knew her, she gave true friendship, caring and compassion by sharing her choice spirit. Children held a special place in her heart and she loved her service in the Primary. She enjoyed painting and literature and delighted others with her humor. Family and friends will miss her sweet companionship but take joy in thoughts of her reunion with her infant son, Sterling Christian, who preceded her in death.

Survived by her husband, daughter and son, Stephanie and Joshua Charles, Sandy; parents, Salt Lake City; sisters: Mrs. Kent B. (Sherry) Linebaugh, Salt Lake City; Mrs. Phillip D. (Linda) Thorpe, Veradale, Washington; Mrs. L. Keith (Annette) Mackay, Salt Lake City; Mrs. Roger F. (Connie) Taylor, Salt Lake City; Mrs. Gregory C. (Marcia) Fullmer, Sandy; Julie Bird, Salt Lake City; and stepgrandmother, Margaret Bird, Salt Lake City.

Funeral Services Wednesday, 12:00 noon, at the Union 20th Ward, 1433 East Old Mission Road, Sandy. Friends may call Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. at Holbrook Funeral Chapel, 3251 South 2300 East, and Wednesday at the church, one hour prior to services. Burial, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Drive.

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08/02/12 06:58 PM #1    

Rebecca (Becky) Nixon (Barraclough)

We will miss Donna at the Reunion!  She was such a elegant, beautiful,kind and caring girl!  It was fun having her as one of my Homecoming attendants!  

03/24/17 03:01 PM #2    

Lana Clark (Foley)

     Donna and I grew up together in our  LDS ward. We were in the same church classes in Primary, Sunday school, and MIA, and in some of our grade school classes too. A favorite memory of her was when,in mutual, she and I were once in a foursome group for a Quartet Festival together. When the winners were announced,  we screamed, jumped up and down, and hugged each other tight when we won first place in the Junior Division. At Skyline, I was delighted  to be her locker partner for a year. I thought this would be a good chance for us to interact more, but she was so busy I rarely saw her. Yet every time I did associate with her, Donna was always sweet and caring. I never saw her be loud, boisterous, angry, or unkind. I'm so glad to have known her, and have been very saddened by the news of her death. She was lovely inside and out.

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