Donna Ann Somerville, age 87, passed away Aug. 13, 2008 at the Uintah Care Center in Vernal, Utah. She was born to Tom C. Taylor and Maggie Taylor on September 29, 1920 in Grand Junction, Colo. The family lived in Moab, Utah at the time, but the nearest hospital was in Grand Junction.
She had a younger brother, Tom C. “Bic” Taylor. She grew up in Moab. After high school she attended the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City and then returned to Moab, to marry the love of her life, Max Somerville. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on Dec. 21, 1938. She and Max lived in Moab where they ran sheep on the Somerville Ranch with his brother.
They had their first son, Jim, in Moab. In 1947 they moved to Salt Lake City where a second son, Tom, was born. Max was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as a surveyor. Donna Ann worked as a switchboard operator, and later as a receptionist for Petty Ford, Hogal Investment, Goodbody and Company, and Merrill Lynch. She retired in 1979. Donna Ann loved driving the jeep every fall and camping when her husband and family went hunting.
You could count on Donna Ann showing up for a set or two, whenever her sons play drums in various bands around Salt Lake City. She took great delight in animals, from personal family pets, to strays she found on the street, to her favorite stuffed cat in the Care Center.
After Max’s death in 1994 she continued to live in Salt Lake City until she moved to Vernal, Utah in 2003 due to her deteriorating health. During the last years of her life she suffered from Alzheimer’s. She talked constantly of returning to her family home in Moab.
Donna Ann had a kind and gentle spirit and will be missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her children Jim (Peggy) of Boring, Oregon; Tom (JoAnn) of Vernal, Utah; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother. Services were held Aug.16, 2008 in Sandy.
The family wishes to thank the staff, especially Ruth, at the Uintah Care Center, for their excellent care and special help during her stay there. The family also wishes to thank Helen at the Ashley Shadow Apartments for her help during the time Donna Ann lived there.