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Obituary: Donna Laws Hemingway

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2008 6:10 p.m. MDT

Donna Laws Hemingway

1920 ~ 2008

Donna Laws Hemingway passed away peacefully, April 22, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born April 24, 1920 in Blanding, Utah the daughter of Wilford Derby and Mary Laws. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 1942. She taught school in Pleasant Grove, Blanding, Lehi, Utah and Eureka, Nevada. She married Donald W. Hemingway in the Salt Lake Temple on June 21, 1946.

She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as the first Stake Primary president in the London England Stake. She served as Young Women president and Relief Society president many times. She enjoyed taking groups of Young Women for temple service. She served four missions with her husband in Hawaii and Australia. She was a temple worker and a lifelong genealogist serving in the Family History libraries in Hawaii and Salt Lake City. She submitted tens of thousands of names of ancestors for temple blessings. Her greatest joy was monthly family home evening with her family. No visitor ever left her home hungry.

She is survived by her husband, Donald W. Hemingway and six children, David Hemingway (Gay Etta); Delwin Hemingway (Janice); Michael Hemingway, (LeeAnn); Mary Dawn Bywater (Ed); Flora Shumway; Jan Mecham (Ray, deceased); her sister, June Hawkins; 34 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple on April 25, 2008 from 6-8 p.m. and 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to funeral services held April 26, 2008 at the LDS chapel at 135 North A Street at 11:00 a.m. Interment: Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 East 4580 South, Murray at 4:30 p.m. Online condolences at

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