In memory of my friend LaDonna, I wanted to add her obituary here. I met her when I used to attend the Poulsbo 2nd Ward. She was always very welcoming and fun to talk to. She had a sweet spirit about her and was like a Grandma to all the little kiddies. She used to have Abby come stay with her in the summertime. Abby is Sarah's age and the first one to be friends with Sarah when we moved to Poulsbo(they live in Spokane now). She was like a Grandma to Abby when their family was going through some difficult times. When she would have Abby over, she would also invite Sarah at the same time and let the girls have sleepovers at her house.
We will miss her dearly.
La Donna Mary (Parks) Harthun, 57, died April 13, 2008 at her home in Kingston, WA after a courageous battle with cancer. LaDonna was a special education school teacher at Vinland Elementary School and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kitsap County, WA. She had been a resident of Kitsap County, WA since 1987.LaDonna was born on May 24, 1950 in Sioux City, Iowa to the late Marion and Patrick Parks. She received a bachelor degree and teaching certificate from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, South Dakota in 1972 after which she had a successful career as an Educator and HR Consultant. Most recently LaDonna was a special education teacher at Vinland Elementary School in Poulsbo, WA.She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Melissa Johnsrud of Suquamish, WA; grandchildren, Isaac and Natalee Johnsrud; sister and brother-in-law, Paula and Daryl Rolland of DeKalb, IL; sister and brother-in-law, Patti and Arvin Berding of Slayton, MN; sister, Peggy Maday of Denver, CO; brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Susie Parks of Westfield, IA; aunt, LaDonna Burns of Pleasanton, CA; 10 nieces and nephews; and her many wonderful friends. LaDonna was preceded in death by her father in 1982 and her mother in 1997.In recent years, LaDonna enjoyed spending time with her only son, Chad Johnsrud, and daughter-in-law, Melissa Johnsrud, along with their two children Isaac and Natalee Johnsrud. She often had her two grandchildren stay with her on the weekends. Some of her favorite activities with her grandchildren were trips to Sequim to pick strawberries, gardening, picnics at the park, slumber parties, and going to the movies. LaDonna’s funeral service will be held this Saturday, April 19, 2008, 2:00pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 8677 Madison Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Interment will take place at Hill Crest Cemetery on Bainbridge Island.Memorial gifts can be made to the Memorial for LaDonna M. Parks/Harthun for the benefit of her grandchildren’s education c/o Kitsap Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 990, Bremerton, WA 98337; account #282358.Flowers can be sent to the Cook Family Funeral Home at 163 Wyatt Way N.E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: View Map