Gillies Funeral Chapel


Donna Brown Coates

Donna Brown Coates

January 3, 1934  ~  January 9, 2013

Viewing: Monday, Jan. 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, UT and on Tuesday at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 am

Funeral services: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Brigham City LDS 15th Ward, 203 North 200 West.

Interment: Brigham City Cemetery.


BRIGHAM CITY - Our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend, Donna Brown Coates, 79, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at her home. She was born on January 3, 1934 in Midvale, Utah, a daughter of Zachariah Evans and Erva Lucette Newbold Brown. Donna attended schools in Ogden, Midvale, Provo and graduated from Boise High School. She married O. Ralph Coates on May 25, 1953 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Ralph preceded her in death on August 8, 2000. Donna worked for Box Elder County Bank as a bookkeeper and teller and retired from First Interstate Bank in 1988. She worked part time until Dad's illness in 1995. She had a true ability to make friends, they meant the world to her, you know who you are!! She had a wonderful talent for crocheting, ( the most amazing afghans, if you are fortunate to have one curl up with it tonight). She also loved watching the Utah Jazz. To our mom's many wonderful friends, "Homies", Judi, Gerry, Linda, and close friends, Aaron, JoAnn, and Nedra, thank you all so very much you made her life complete. The family would like to thank Dr. Beard and Cheryl with Dignity Home Health for their care to Donna. Surviving are her two children: Pam (Roger) Sorensen and Daniel Coates all of Brigham City; six grandchildren, Anita Brown, Oklahoma, Brendon Fail, Roy; Shelby and Kaleb Coates, Layton, Christopher Burden and Trevor Sorensen both of Brigham City; four great grandchildren, Raymond (Mini-D), Aiden and Ashton Brown, and Kayden Burden, two siblings, L. Ray (Kay) Brown, Sandy and Erva Dean (Kent) Dastrup, Midvale. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ralph, one son, Brent in 1978, her step mother, Marion Foster Lyon Brown, one brother, Darrell Zack (Dorothy) Brown, two nephews, Randy and Roger Brown. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Brigham City LDS 15th Ward, 203 North 200 West. A viewing will be held on Monday, Jan. 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, UT and on Tuesday at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery.

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I am so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. What a wonderful woman Donna was with her quick wit and a sincere love and friendship for anyone who was lucky enough to have her around them. My Mom never had a more loving and devoted friend than your Mother. She will truly be missed by all of us.

Pam Mellen


Donna was a wonderful lady. Always warm and welcoming, she had a way of making you feel a special part of her life. I think of the great things I will miss about her was her laugh, she really did have the cutest laugh! My deepest condolences to the family, a sweet light has gone from this world but now shines brightly in another.

Chris Parks


Donna was a fun co-worker and always on the ball with her balances. She loved to associate with everyone and was always quick to help do anything. We had many good fun days working together for Box Elder Conty Bank. My love and appreciation goes out to your family for such a wonderful lady, Donna Coates.

Arlene Wright


Aunt Donna's warm smile will be missed by all of us.

Melissa Brown Myers


I am so sad to hear of Aunt Donna's passing. I felt so much love from her as a child. She had such a gift for love and comfort. My prayers of peace go out to her children, family and friends.

 Barbara Hamon


Dan / Pam,
sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Had it not been for my sister letting me know, I'm afraid I would have missed it. I have wonderful memories of your parents from my childhood and enjoyed their warm, friendly conversations. Your mother is a special person to me and I often felt she was a second mother growing up. During this difficult time know that she made a difference in the lifes of so many and has returned home to awaiting arms. May your heart and mind remember the wonderful memories of her life, the memories only a mother can give.



Dear Dan and Pam
I had the pleasure of getting to know and become friends with your Mother at Box Elder Co. Bank. She was always such a fun gal. We had many good times together. She was so very proud of each of you; you have a wonderful example to follow. May you have comfort and peace at this difficult time.

Carol Quayle


I am sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. My prayers goes out to your family..

Lana Adams


Dear Pam:
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mom. May the wonderful memories of her get you thru this difficult time,












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