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Helen O’Donnal

02/26/1931 - 09/12/2015
Service Date: 09/19/2015
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, El Dorado Ward, 1451 W. Guadalupe, Gilbert, Arizona

Helen (Sutton) O’Donnal

Helen O’Donnal, 84, of Chandler, Arizona passed away peacefully on September 12, 2015. Helen was born February 26, 1931 to Henry and Cordelia Sutton in Haleyville, Alabama. Helen lived in Mesa/Chandler for the majority of her life. She married Marvin O’Donnal on February 14, 1948, and they had four children together. Helen loved playing with and serving her family, her four legged friends, and golfing. She was able to care for, teach, play with, and love her children and grand children. She could not be found polishing her cupboards, but outside playing golf, kickball, sword fighting, crafting, or a game of jacks with her family. She loved special occasions and would often cook delicious homemade meals for her large extended family. She had a sweet tender giving heart. To her dying breath, she was thinking of others. Helen was loved by all who met her. She will be deeply missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Cordelia Sutton; sisters Ozella, Mary, and Rose; brother Harold; first husband, Marvin O’Donnal;   sons Vic and Steve, (Debbie). She is survived by sisters Odell Wiederhold and Frankie Shoemaker (John); brother Charlie Sutton (Carol); two daughters Sally Jeannine O’Donnal and Sherri Petrie (Don); ten grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held on Friday, September 18, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, located at 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00am with viewing beginning at 9:00am at the LDS Chapel located at 1451 W. Guadalupe Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85233 (SE corner of Guadalupe and McQueen Rd).



  • I’m so sorry for your loss and send my condolences.
    A comfort in thought is bought out in John 14:18 where Jesus said, ” I will not leave you bereaved, I will come to you.” Praying he will show you his love through caring friends, comforting memories, and moments of peace. Praying he will give you whatever your heart need most right now.

  • Im so very sorry for the loss all Helen’s family members and friends will endure for years to come… If Steve’s Mother was anything like him, Heaven is a better place now. Hoping the reunion ‘upstairs’ will bring smiles to all.

  • She and I went to the same grade school and high schools in Mesa. I always thought she was a beautiful girl. Sorry I lost contact with her through the years. But have beautiful memories.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady and I am so glad to have got to know her. I love all of you..

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