Donna Cope Nelson

Donna Cope Nelson, age 90, our much loved mother passed away on the afternoon of April 7, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born in Tropic, Utah, to James Austin Cope and Irma Shumway Cope on June 11, 1926.

Her childhood was spent in a large family learning homemaking skills and to work hard. She graduated from Spanish Fork High School. Donna married Clark LaMar Nelson in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on November 15, 1944. Her life-long vocation was wife and mother, at which she excelled. She also worked alongside her husband on their farm, even milking cows, as well as at his Utah Valley Auction. She also worked at Springville Meat & Locker. She was an excellent seamstress, and enjoyed making temple hankies, tricot pillowcases and quilts.  Donna and Clark were selected as Salem Family of the Year in 1999.  She enjoyed participating in the Black Hawk Encampment with her husband. As a life-long member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served faithfully in various calling, including ward and stake Relief Society President and Relief Society Secretary. She served with Clark on an LDS mission in Ghana West Africa and was a Provo Temple worker for many years.

She is survived by sons: Clark Lynn Nelson (Vickie); Robert “Bob” Cope Nelson (Linda); and by daughters: Ruth (Jerry, deceased); and Erma Lee Tischner (Alan).  Also survived by 20 grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and by sisters: Clyda (Veon, deceased) Smith, Margaret (Orrin, deceased) Daley, Beth (Tom) Peterson; and by in-laws: Mae (Harry) Hales, Ervin (Edna) Nelson, and Frank (Nora) Nelson. Other survivors include sisters-in-law: LaVern Nelson (Ralph, deceased) Higginson and Kaye (Lloyd) Cope.  Donna is predeceased by her parents;  husband, Clark; and brothers: James Austin (Florence) Cope, Evan (Jean) Cope, Ray (Renee) Cope, Bernard Cope, and Lloyd Cope.

As a family we extend our sincere thanks to the Legacy House and to the Beehive Home, along with her sweet nurse, Sydney Robarge, for the precious tender care she has been given this past 11 months. You are the Best!” Thank you kindly!

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Salem LDS West Stake Chapel, 695 South 300 West, Salem, Utah.  Friends and family may visit on Monday evening, April 10, 2017, from 6-8 p.m.  at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah; and on Tuesday morning at the church from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. prior to services.  Interment will be at Salem City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to help the refugee efforts of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Contributions may be made to the Humanitarian Fund using the Tithing and Other Offerings donation slip.


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  1. Marilyn Smith

    My mother, Clyda, was excited and relieved to finally have a sister in the family. Aunt Donna always had a sewing project in the works and knew the best places to buy fabric and sewing supplies. AS a child I enjoyed visiting their home and farm and as an adult I enjoyed visiting with her at Grandma Cope’s home.
    She enjoyed a long and happy life with Clark and her children and is now at peace.

  2. Ve and Sonja Smith

    So sorry to learn today of Donna’s passing. We have nothing but good memories of Donna and Clark, including their sharing with us a dozen or so Santequin apples during a time we took Clyda to visit wth them. Also sorry we are unable to attend the service but please know of our love and prayers.

  3. Randy Christensen

    Donna was such a great example of kindness and joy during my years growing up in Salem! She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone! What a great example for us all!

  4. jackie huff

    I was so glad that Donna let me help her. Such a pleasant lady. I will miss her calling me Jackie Yakie and when I talked she would help me talk with her hands like I do. I will always have great memories of her. Love Jackie Huff