Donna Rose Palmer Hughes Caine

Donna Rose Hughes Caine passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at her home in the loving care of her family at the age of 88. She was born April 11, 1932 in Kanab, Utah to Ray Joseph Palmer and Melba Pugh. She was the third child and second girl of a family of seven children. She grew up in the small town of Alton, Utah. There, she learned to work as they lived on a farm. Also had a garden and did a lot of canning. She attended grade school in a two-room schoolhouse, then attended High School at Valley High in Orderville, Utah. She graduated in May 1950 with a class of 24. She attended Utah State College in Logan, Utah studying nursing.

She married Charles DeMar Hughes, who was from Mesquite, Nevada in the St. George Temple on June 8, 1951. They had 8 children, 4 girls and 4 boys. They lived in Las Vegas, Henderson and in Mesquite. They had a dairy farm, so the children learned how to work. They later divorced.

Donna married Richard Harold Caine on November 19, 1971 and lived in Buena park, California, then moved to Denver, Colorado. She went to truck driving school and they went as team drivers for over 20 years, seeing all of the beautiful United States, in all kind of weather. In 1984 they had the opportunity to buy her grandfather’s home in St. George, Utah and she lived there until her death.

Donna was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved the gospel, she had a strong testimony of her Savior, Jesus Christ and her Heavenly Father. She served faithfully in many callings throughout her life. She taught Primary for over 24 years, was also a teacher in Sunday School and M.I.A (Beehive Girls). She was a councilor in the Relief Society in the Denver 14th Ward, also a Home Making Leader there for many years in the St. George 4th Ward. She enjoyed living in St. George and being near the temple where she also served as an Ordinance worker, this, she enjoyed very much and said, “it was the highlight of her life”. She served a Stake Mission in Denver and served a mission for the Member Location Statistical Records Mission in St. George.

She completed her life story and had it made into a book for all her families. She has written family letters monthly to keep the history going. She had a love of taking pictures. She also enjoyed sewing, making her children clothes and for herself, she loved quilting, crocheting and working in the yard, raising roses.

She is survived by her 7 children: Cynthia Lee Dupaix, of Provo Utah, Raymond Charles Hughes, Provo, Utah, Dale Joseph (Robin) Hughes, Italy, Texas, Roger Lloyd (Stephanie) Hughes, Mesquite, NV, Karl Arthur (Cheryl) Hughes of Axtell, Utah, Pamela (David) Tait, Mesquite, NV, Teresa (John) Medel, St. George, Utah; son in-law, Thomas William Bryan Jr, Washington, Utah; 1 step-son: Richard Eugene Caine, St. George, Utah; 42 grandchildren and 85 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild; brothers, Robert Kay (Clara) Palmer, Henderson, NV, Delbert Ross Palmer, Orderville, Utah; Sister, Helen (William) Mackelprang, Las Vegas and sister in-laws, Lois Palmer, Lakewood, Colorado and Vicki Palmer, Gunlock, Utah.

She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Cathleen Dee Bryan; son in-law, Fred H. Dupaix; great granddaughters , Kianna Marie Medel and Harlee Shanelle Netter; brothers, Elgin R. Palmer, Charles J. Palmer and Wendell B. Palmer.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020, 2:00 p.m. with a viewing at 1: 00p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. Additional viewing Friday, August 28, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary. Interment will be in St. George City Cemetery on August 29, 2020. Services may be viewed online (Live or up to 90 days after the service) via Type in event number 35787 and password DRC2020.

The family would like to thank Summit Home Health and Hospice for their loving care of our mother.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign her online guest book at



6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Second Visitation

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m.


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


3:00 p.m.
St. George City Cemetery
650 E Tabernacle St, St. George, UT 84770

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3 Responses

  1. Barb and I send our love and prayers to your family. Donna was an amazing woman who raised an amazing family. May the Lord bless you with the comfort that only He can give as you remember and honor your dear mother and grandmother.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I thought a lot of her, although I wasn’t around after she left Mesquite. I remember her and your dad in the house he still lives in. She taught Raymond and I in Primary. I know you will miss her dearly. But she is with Cathy and all of her family. Love to you all.

  3. I remember Donna Rose as a pleasant, happy, kind person. My interactions with her came from being in the 4H Club where she was a leader. My Mother was also a 4H leader and I can remember the two of them taking a group of us kids to 4H Summer Camp on Mt. Charleston. I can remember her and her husband were in a square dancing club in the Virgin Valley area of which my parents and I also participated in. When I would see her anywhere she always had a smile on her face. A very pleasant person to be around.

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