GARNER | Judge Colleen Weiland has ordered the daughter of State Rep. Henry Rayhons' wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, to be her mother's temporary guardian.

Weiland issued the order in Hancock County District Court Tuesday.

Suzan Brunes of Klemme will be Donna Lou Rayhons' temporary guardian. Donna Lou Rayhons is a resident of Concord Care Center in Garner.

Henry Rayhons, 78, a Republican from Garner, has been a state representative since 1997. He's been married to Donna Lou Rayhons since 2007, according to court records.

Weiland's order said Brunes, her lawyer Philip Garland, Henry Rayhons and his lawyer at the time, James A. Wetterling, agreed during a June 3 hearing that Brunes should be appointed as temporary guardian.

The parties also said they were working on a stipulation concerning other issues about visiting Donna Lou Rayhons which would be presented to the court at a later date, Weiland's order said.

Brunes' application to be guardian and conservator for her mother said her mother became a resident of Concord Care Center on March 29.

Brunes said her mother has Alzheimer's disease.

"...certain issues have arisen while (Donna Rayhons) has been a resident of Concord Care Center including, but not limited to issues between her spouse (Henry Rayhons) and her other family members, but also between her spouse and the staff at Concord Care Center," Brunes said in her application.

Brunes said Henry Rayhons has difficulty following parameters set by Concord Care staff about removal of Donna Rayhons from the care center without staff permission, being in her room with the door closed, and not entering Donna Rayhons' room because of alleged conflicts with her roommate.

The problems caused by the situation has caused her mother's mental health to deteriorate, Brunes said in her application. 

A final hearing on the appointment of a guardian and conservator is set for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 12.

Rae Yost is editor of the Forest City Summit and Britt News Tribune, other Lee Enterprises newspapers.