Dawna Vee Tucker Mathews of St. George, Utah, age 86, passed away peacefully at home in the arms of her family April 15, 2016, as the result of cancer.
Dawna was born June 6, 1929, to Anthon Lund and Vivian Madsen Tucker in Heiner, Utah, where her father worked as a bookkeeper for the Railroad. When Dawna was a young girl the family which now included her two brothers Roger and Ted moved to Salt Lake City where she was raised Dawna a bright young woman graduated in the top of her class from South High. She went on to the University of Utah with an interest in accounting and also attended LDS Business College where she learned shorthand to secure a secretarial job to support herself in school.
Dawna was hired as a secretary/bookkeeper by Boyles Brothers Drilling Company the largest core drilling company in the world at the time. Here she met the lifetime love of hers a shy handsome young man Stanton L. “Bud” Mathews. They were married July 16, 1951.
Bud and Dawna, who continued to do bookkeeping work for the company, were moved often while a young family. The family consisted of Stanton Terry, Gregory Neal and was completed with the birth of their 3rd son Fred Vaughn Mathews while the family lived in the then small southern Utah town of Cedar City.
The family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1962, when Bud accepted an executive position with the company.
Dawna was able to stay home to raise her three boys who will forever hold the image of Dawna with the ever present book in her hand waiting to greet them and talk about the school day. Dawna had a lifelong love of reading. It was not unusual throughout her life for Dawna to read two to three books a week. Not surprisingly Dawna enjoyed a number of book clubs throughout her life. It is misleading to think Dawna led a sedate life of reading as she was athletic as well and enjoyed tennis as a young woman, bowling on championship wining women’s league teams while raising her sons and picking up golf and often wining in women’s tournaments when Bud retired and the two of them moved to St George, Utah, in 1982.
Into Bud’s retirement Dawna continued with her lifelong enjoyment with bookkeeping. She returned to that work to help support her three sons in college and successfully put all three through Brigham Young University. In St. George Dawna was soon hired as the bookkeeper for the J.C. Penny’s store then on St George Blvd and continued until retirement December 31, 1995. where she was given a heartfelt retirement party for her work that was going to be sorely missed and the friendships. Everyone loved Dawna and working with her.
Bud and Dawna were sealed in the St George Temple, April 10, 1992. Throughout her life Dawna was active in the LDS Church holding many callings including Relief Society President for a number of years while raising her family in Phoenix.
Dawna’s loving family consists of her husband of 66 years, Bud; Sons Terry (Lisa), Orange County, California , Greg, San Diego, California, Fred (Karla), Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren Amy Parker, West Bountiful, Utah, Adriane Moffitt, Los Angeles, California, Britton Mathews, Seattle, Washington, Garret Mathews, United States Army currently Vicenza, Italy; great grandchildren Madison, Juliette, Adrianne, and Lillian, Parker, West Bountiful, Utah, Caydon, Jocelyn, and Elijah Mathews Seattle, Washington; brothers Roger (Beth) Tucker and Ted (Bonnie) Tucker, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Stone Mountain, Georgia.
- Funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 19, at 11 a.m. in the St. George 17th Ward Chapel, 200 W. 500 North, St. George, Utah
- Viewings will be Monday, April 18 from 6-8 p.m. in the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., and on Tuesday, April 19 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., prior to services.
- Interment will be in the St. George City Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-635-2212.
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