Donna Knudsen Malan of South Ogden will celebrate her 90th birthday. Family and friends are welcome to attend an open house in her honor from 3 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the LDS church building located at 1073 E. 5900 South in South Ogden.
The seventh of nine children, she was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Portage to Hans Lorenzo and Eliza Halford Knudsen. She is a 1941 graduate of Bear River High School in Tremonton.
She moved to Ogden after high school to work at the Ogden Arsenal during World War II. She then worked for Dr. James P. Dineen and Dr. Harry Booth. She later managed the Hallmark Card Box.
She was an instructional aide at Riverdale and Valley View elementary schools, retiring after 22 years. She volunteered at Marlon Hills Elementary School as a reading tutor, retiring this fall after 15 years.
She says some of her happiest times were spent with her family traveling in the motor home, riding motorcycles, gardening, golfing, coaching softball teams and pitching in many softball tournaments until the age 67.
She is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has held many callings.
She married Roger "Gus" Malan in 1948. They were married 32 years before his death in 1980.
Their children are Roger Kelly and Sharon Malan, Kayla and Robert McDaniel, and Kasey and Sherry Malan.
She has 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.