Our dear mother, grandmother and friend left us peacefully Jan. 21, 2021, with loved ones near. No earthly words can describe our love for her and the way she loved us in return. She taught us to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
She graduated from Tooele High School and attended Brigham Young University. She married a wonderful young man, Louis J. Matekel (Shiek), in 1959. Their marriage was later solemnized in 1992 in the Frankfurt Germany Temple. They had three children they loved, supported and treasured. Mom often spoke of the pride she had for her children and grandchildren who had studied long and hard to be successful.
Our mom enjoyed music and was very gifted. She could tap dance, sing, and play the violin, organ and piano. Her passion and love for music was felt with every note. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she shared her talents through various church callings. Our mother had a strong testimony of our Savior and served him well.
She worked many years for the Tooele County School District where she held various positions, but her favorite was that of secretary at East Elementary. She lovingly nurtured and cared for each child.
LaDonna is survived by her son Bob (Shellie) Matekel of Puyallup, Washington; daughter Linda (Frank) Kimball of Tooele; and daughter-in-law Glenna Matekel of Tooele. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Ashley (Andrew) Graff, Ryan (Taylor) Matekel, Jordan (Hanna) Matekel, Connor Matekel, Dallen Kimball and Rose Kimball; her step grandchildren: Audrey Elton and Kelly (Jodi) Elton; six great-grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren.
LaDonna was preceded in passing by her beloved husband, parents, grandparents and son Ron.
Mom was a very special person who touched everyone who knew her. She was very generous and gracious. She was known for her giant hugs and enjoyed sending surprise gifts and treats to her family near and far. She had a clever way with words and was often complimenting or thanking others through hand written notes. Her life centered around her family, her “big dogs,” and BYU basketball.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at 11 a.m., in the Tooele 4th Ward Chapel, 192 W. 200 South in Tooele. Interment will be in the Tooele City Cemetery.