Honoring the beloved Donna Marie McCormick. May she always be remembered as a community hero.
Donna's journey on earth ended due to complications of aspiration pneumonia and MS. She chose to enter into hospice care and passed peacefully surrounded by her family at age 62.
Donna was born in Rexburg, Idaho to Barbara Woodward and Ronald Parkinson. She grew up in Sandy, Utah with her mom and younger sister Jennie and later moved to Bountiful, where she attended and graduated from Bountiful High School in 1979.
Donna met her husband on a blind date arranged by their parents. She was married 18 years to Stanley Earl McCormick. Together they had two children Melissa and Stan Jr. They raised their children in Woods Cross where Donna spent 35 years of her life.
Her children were her pride and joy. Being a great mother was at the center of everything Donna stood for. She never missed important events or achievements for her children or her four grandchildren. She worked the Snack Bar at Woods Cross High School for eight football seasons, was a Den Mother, the Little League Vice President and was on the Board of Directors for Woods Cross Little League Football for numerous years. She held multiple callings in the LDS Church but her favorite was working with the young women at Girls Camp.
Donna served on the Board of Adjustments for Wood Cross City, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Sub for Santa, and dressed up as an Elf every Holiday Season for underserved schools.
In 1995 Donna was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In 2002 her passion for serving was directed to being an advocate for herself and people with disabilities. Her voice was given a platform when she joined the Disabled Rights Action Committee; DRAC. At the time of Donna's passing, she was the Executive Director of the DRAC.
Donna touched the lives of everyone around her with her unbridled happiness that was fueled by her passion for serving the needs of friends, family, and members of the community. She felt true happiness and fulfillment was gained by serving others in need even through her own struggles.
Survived by her children Melissa (Nick) Whittington and Stan (Brianna Spendlove) McCormick and her grandchildren Chloe Whittington, Deegan Whittington, Teylor McCormick, Berklee McCormick- her mother Barbara Burningham - her sister Jennie (James) Robinson-stepmom Shareen Parkinson- siblings Melanie (Kent) Petzold, Brenda Parkinson, LeAnn Parkinson, Alonna Parkinson, Tim (Tanya) Parkinson, Martell (Rashell) Parkinson, Spencer (Brenda) Parkinson, Bryce (Trudy) Parkinson and step sister Holly Burningham
Preceded in death by her father Ronald W. Parkinson, stepfather Mark Burningham, brother in law Jim Brace and niece Taylor Petzold and her grandparents.
Special thanks and gratitude extended to the many people that served Donna: the members of the Woods Cross 7th Ward, especially Judy Smith and Connie Burningham's help so Donna could stay in her home as long as she was able; her Home Care Aide Lily Ceja, who cared for her for 7 years in Woods Cross and Riverton; the staff at The Beehive Home in Riverton for the past 4 years, especially Nilsa, Marcus, Lisa, Lily, Heidi, Tanner, and the owners Juan and Angie and their girls; Bryce and Trudy who faithfully kept Donna's hair looking beautiful; the nurses who cared for Donna the last 4 days of her life at Mountain Point Medical Center were Sadie and McKenna. Thank you for loving Donna and helping us say goodbye. In addition, her sister Jennie would like to thank her husband James and son Josh for the countless trips, tasks, and time given, so that she could fully support Donna's many needs.
Funeral Services will be held promptly at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at Russon Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful, Utah, with a visitation to follow.
Services will be streamed live on Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and this obituary page.