Donnalee Pitney Brady Thornton

6/16/1936 ~ 4/1/2021

Donnalee Pitney Brady Thornton, 81, of Mt. Pleasant, UT, passed away peacefully in her home, on April 1, 2021. Donnalee was born in Maybell, Colorado, to Clyde Barton Pitney and Jesse Fern Jacobsen, on June 16,1939. She married her first love, Lorain Brady, on July 9, 1956. They raised a large family on a ranch in Rangely, Colorado. Donnalee loved to serve others, prioritizing relationships with The Lord, her spouse, family, and friends. She lived life to its fullest as a happy, energetic woman, who worked hard and played hard! After the passing of Lorain, in 2013, she married Jim Thornton, on February 18, 2017. Their four years were happily spent making every moment count while camping, fishing, watching sports, visiting, playing and LAUGHING with family and friends. Donnalee is survived by spouse, Jim; sister, Rena; children, Dana, Shane, Shanna, Chad, Kale; and nephews and nieces raised as her children, Gloria, Christine, Brent, and Anne.She is preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Jesse; sister, Barbara; brother, Roy; first spouse, Lorain; son, Cameron; and nephew raised as son, Ford. Viewing will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Thursday, April 8, at the Chapel on 295 South State St, Mount Pleasant, Utah. Viewing prior to funeral service will be held from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, and the funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 9, 2021 at the same location. The burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant cemetery.

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8 Responses to “Donnalee Pitney Brady Thornton”

  1. Nadene Shelley says:

    We are sad to hear about Donna’s passing. She was a great friend and will be missed by many. We extend our sympathy to Jim and to all the family.

  2. Connie Ames says:

    So thankful that I was able to cross paths with Donnalee in this life. She was a faithful, fun, great lady. She will be missed by all. Sending my love and sympathy to her family.

  3. Paul & Penny Hamilton says:

    Dear families, How we were saddened by Donna’s passing; what a vibrant, inspiring lady she was and brought joy to so many Our hearts and prayers go to each wonderful member of her family.
    What privilege it has been to us to have enjoyed her friendship these many, many years. You can not help but be inspired when in her company. She loved everyone and was always anxiously engaged in lifting others. If there is a “Oscar” in Heaven she certainly has acquired that. She will be missed by all!

    Paul & Penny Hamilton

  4. Our hearts are saddened by the loss of this sweet lady. Our love to the family. Wish we could have spent more time together.

  5. Bonnie Renfroe Crown Syphus says:

    I am so sad to learn of the passing of Donna. We were in Rangely High School and Seminary and served in Rangely Ward together in many callings. She has been such an example and blessing in my life. I truly valued her friendship over all these many years. I am sending my love and blessings to her family at this time of loss.
    Bonnie Renfroe Crown Syphus

  6. David Howard says:

    So sorry to here about Donnalee. I was privileged to cross her path for the first time in Rangely at the beginning of my life. Later we crossed paths near the end of her life. She was always friendly and upbeat. My condolences go out to her family.

  7. Dennis & Beverly Schugk says:

    Donnalee will be so very missed. She brightened the day of all who knew her. The many times that we would run into each other at the store or post office, she hugged, smiled and greeted either of us like we were long lost friends. Such a happy spirit and countenance she was blessed to have, and in turn, blessed everyone who knew her.
    Our Deepest sympathy to Jim, her siblings, children and posterity.

  8. Gaila Bell says:

    I have called Donna “aunt Donna” since early childhood. I was blessed to know this beautiful woman my entire life. It was always a special time when she would return to Rangely and I would be able to hug her and say welcome home. An era has passed as we say goodbye to this always smiling beautiful woman. Hugs and prayers to family.