A Utah State University extension home economist in Wayne County will receive the 1991 E.G. Peterson Extension Award.

Donna Carol Williams, recognized for her expertise and dedication to the people of Wayne County, will receive USU Cooperative Extension's highest award during the 98th Annual Commencement Ceremonies June 8 at the USU Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.Known for her work and training in helping low-income families best utilize their financial resources, Williams has given more than 22 years of service as a USU extension agent in home economy.

Her innovative work as an educator in Wayne County, which includes the start of a cooperative preschool for young children more than 20 years ago, has given her the best of both worlds, she said.

While she is linked to the latest in research from USU, the Teasdale resident said she prizes the rural setting in which she works. Instead of teaching from a campus classroom, she offers many of her lessons in the homes of her students.

"When I teach about budgeting, they are real family budgets," she said. "When I talk about proper diet, it's a real family diet. It's not out of a textbook. It's real."

In addition to starting a preschool for young children, Williams involved the parents of the preschoolers in child development courses. She has taught essential parenting skills to more than 700 couples.

She has developed programs and taught courses in nutrition, food safety, financial management, clothing, furniture restoration, energy conservation and home food production and preservation.

Williams, who was honored last year with the National Award of Continued Excellence from the National Association of Extension Home Economists, received her bachelor's degree in home economics education from Brigham Young University in 1957 and her master's degree in nutrition and food science from USU in 1979.