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Donna Lee Jones
Donna Lee JonesElginCometsOn January 14, 2021, Donna Lee Jones, 87, of Marion, formerly of LaRue, went Home to spend eternity with Jesus and to greet those who went before her. She was loved and adored by all who knew her, especially her children, grandchildren, brother Donn and wife Joann as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews, her church family, and countless friends.

She was born in Hardin County to the late Ray and Hazel (Dyer) Minter on November 30, 1933. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Richard Jones, they were married January 15, 1955 and he died October 10, 1985.

She was a 1951 graduate of Belle Center High School. For most of her career she worked for Elgin West Local Schools as a school secretary, and then as assistant treasurer. She will be remembered for her kind, gentle and loving spirit, strength, courage as well as determination in the face of adversity and her passion for all things family.

She loved going to her grandchildren’s games when they were younger and still remembered that as one of her favorite things to do. She also loved gardening, her flowers and playing the piano. Donna was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church near Mt. Victory and a member of the former Mary Lenox Chapter #98 O.E.S.

Surviving are her daughters: Linda (Robert) Sampson of Grove City, Denise (John) Sens of Marion and Annette Oberle of Westerville.
Grandchildren: Shelby (Kyle) Reichle, R J Oberle, Cassandra Oberle, Madison Oberle, Jonathan Sens and Lexie Sens
Brother: Donn (Joann) Miller of Kenton

Private funeral services will be held Monday January 18, 2021 at 12 noon at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue. Although the services are private, Pastor Calvin Waugh will officiate, private burial will follow in the Otterbein Cemetery near Mount Victory.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society 5555 Frantz Rd. Dublin, OH 43017

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

Directions to Otterbein Cemetery near Mount Victory

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#1 from: Brian E. Napper
Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 2:55 PM

Mrs. Jones was a wonderful lady. She always had a smile and a friendly greeting when she talked to me. A nice person to work with at Elgin local schools.

#2 from: Susan Trihaft Wenig
Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 3:11 PM

I am so sorry about the loss of your mom.  Lots of fond memories of your mom as our wonderful school secretary.  She always had a smile on her face and was such a gentle person.  I will be thinking of you all in the coming days.


Susan Trihaft Wenig

#3 from: Dr. Curtis Smith
Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 5:05 PM

My most sincere condolences. So many wonderful memories growing up.

#4 from: Gary Smith
Clearwater, Florida
Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 5:38 PM

So sorry to hear this, I’m thinking about Don and feeling his loss. I’ll contact Don & Joanne soon.

#5 from: Rita Rubeck Headington Parker
Richwood, Oh
Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 6:21 PM

My sincere sympathy to Donna's family.  Donna was always helpful and friendly - she will be missed.  Rita Rubeck Headington Parker, EHS Librarian 1965-1995

#6 from: Becky Oldham
New Bloomington
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 12:56 AM

I am sorry for your loss, she was the sweetest.  Linda, Denise and Annette you had a wonderful mother. I always enjoyed visiting your house. Keep all of the good memories close... my deepest condolences.

#7 from: Gloria Boles
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 2:20 AM

So sorry for your loss. Your mother was such a sweet lady.Prayers to all of you and your families at this difficult time.  Gloria Prettyman Boles                

#8 from: Dan Spracklen
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 4:57 AM

Where have the years gone? It just seems like yesterday we would be down at your house playing and your mom would be cooking baking or sewing. Your mom and dad were like a second set of parents. And I knew this because every  time I saw your mom because she still called me Danny. I would get in trouble at school for calling her Donna and not Mrs. Jones.
So money wonderful memories. I will cherish them. Linda, Denise and Annette, my deepest condolences to you you and your family.

#9 from: Jeff & Suzy Wall
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 7:53 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Sending our deepest sympathy. Jeff & Suzy Wall

#10 from: Lauren & Jean Park
 LaRue Ohio
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 8:54 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the loss of your precious loved one! Donna’s kindness and gentle spirit was an inspiration and blessing to all who’s life she touched! May you be comforted by precious memories &  in knowing she is at peace and reunited with those who’ve gone before her!  Donna was a Gem. She was loved by many.

#11 from: Loren and Dorothy Harder
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 8:58 AM

So sorry for your loss your folks were good neighbors

#12 from: Sue Hanby Griffiths
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 8:58 AM

My deepest sympathies in your mom's passing.  I met her through Eastern Stars & she was the sweetest & nicest lady. Prayers to you all.  We will miss her.

#13 from: Carol Randall
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 9:07 AM

Donna was a lovely lady and I so enjoyed working with her on the Board at the Vernon Commons Condos. She was a fine worker and enjoyable to be with. My sincere sympathy to her family.

#14 from: Rhonda  and Adam Irey
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 9:23 AM

Linda, Denise and Annette, so very sorry for your loss. She always greeted you with a smile. So kind and caring. Praying for peace and the joy in the memories you share as a family.  
Rhonda (James) and family

#15 from: Tom & Nancy Hafer
La Rue
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 10:08 AM

Linda, Denise and Annette, we are so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. She was just one of those people given the gift of easily connecting with others by her gentle, loving manner. And OH such a sweet smile!  I was blessed to get to know her better in Eastern Stars and she was my mentor in my pianist office. I always envied how effortlessly she made it look! Your Mom was loved by many, and she will forever be a part of you. Take care of each other.

#16 from: Cathy Copeland
Marion, OH
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 10:53 AM

I am so sorry.  Donna was such a kind soul who was loved by the staff and students of Elgin West!  Many fond memories of her.  Prayers for you all.

#17 from: Jeanne Clement
Kenton Ohio
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 10:54 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful Christian woman she was. Always had a beautiful smile on her face and love in her heart. Gladys Clement and I had so many beautiful memories with her at Otterbein Church. I also have treasured memories of her from Elgin. My prayers are with you all.

#18 from: Jerry & Bev Parish
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 11:55 AM

Sending hugs and prayers for the family. Donna was one of the sweetest ladies ever. I worked with her at larue.  Was always a pleasure to talk with her.  Our deepest condolences

#19 from: Jim & Gayle Minter
Phoenix, AZ
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 2:37 PM

Our sincere condolences to Donna's entire family.
Great memories growing up. Your Arizona Family  

#20 from: Mary Lee
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 2:57 PM

With a heavy heart I send condolences to Linda, Denise and Annette. We shared many activities over the years from grade school, high school with the children as well as OES meetings and meals. When Donna and I were both alone we would meet occasionally for lunch and had plans to meet again when 'things settled down'. Donna presence will be missed, but her legacy will live on in the family she adored.

#21 from: Molly Boles Balch
Marysville OH
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 3:50 PM

So sorry to hear of the loss of Donna. I have so many memories of her from growing up with Annette to seeing her at school. What a wonderful, sweet woman with a beautiful smile. Prayers to all of you.

#22 from: Marilyn Gamble Hassinger
Radnor, Ohio
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 5:52 PM

Linda, Denise and Annette, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Donna was such a kind and gentle spirit with a sweet smile. I will remember her dedication to attending her grandchildren’s’ events at Buckeye Valley. It was always wonderful walking down memory lane with Donna and of our times in LaRue. May your wonderful memories sustain you through these difficult times.

#23 from: Sandy & Bill Columber
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 7:02 PM

So very sorry for your loss.. Your mom was  a real sweetheart.  A true lady, beautiful inside & out!   May God comfort you as only He can, and bring joy with precious memories.

#24 from: Deb Maloy
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 7:14 PM

Linda, Denise, and Annette,
So sorry for the loss of your Mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

#25 from: Claudia and Dan HICKS
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 8:03 PM

Sending our sincere sympathy  to all of your family.  Donna was always so sweet and kind.  A gentle friend. May your memories put a smile in your heart.  Hugs to all of you.

#26 from: Jennifer and Barry  Adams
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 8:11 PM

I am so sorry for your loss! I wish I could be there to give you a big hug! Your mom, second Mom Jones, was the sweetest lady. I can still hear her say, “You girls!” And then smile and give a gentle laugh! I have so many wonderful memories at your house! Donna was ALWAYS so kind and had a beautiful smile! Dad Jones is so happy to have Donna back by his side!

Annette, Denise, and Linda, you are in my prayers! Your mom was wonderful example! I love you all!

Jennifer and Barry

#27 from: Bonnie Thompson Jolliff
Marion, Ohio
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 9:31 PM

Such a beautiful lady, and loved by everyone she knew.  My sincere condolences to Donna’s family.

#28 from: Janelle Esposito
Grove City OH
Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 12:17 PM

Linda and family - I’m so sorry to hear of the  loss of your mom.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  

#29 from: Jackie
Marion, Ohio
Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 12:42 PM

Donna was a dear friend.  She will be greatly missed .  I enjoyed  our time together at Elgin West and as  a fellow retiree.  May God be with you as you celebrate her wonderful life..

#30 from: Dorothy and Dale Moury
Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 2:07 PM

We are very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.  i talked to her just last week and we always talked  to each other on our birthdays.  May God Bless her and family.

#31 from: Dorothy and Dale Moury
Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 2:07 PM

We are very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.  i talked to her just last week and we always talked  to each other on our birthdays.  May God Bless her and family.

#32 from: Dorothy and Dale Moury
Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 2:07 PM

We are very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.  i talked to her just last week and we always talked  to each other on our birthdays.  May God Bless her and family.

#33 from: Vicki Dean Elkins
Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 2:40 PM

Thinking of all of you with saddened heart for your loss . Your mama was a true gem . She had a grand smile and kind heart . I remember being school bus friends with all of you and our moms being friends as well . Hugs prayers and my sympathy to each of you .. Vicki Elkins

#34 from: Tammy and Lasse Andersson
Loveland,  OH
Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 3:04 PM

Dear Linda, Denise, and Annette,
I was very sad to learn about Aunt Donna's passing. She was a very special, kind, gracious, strong and classy lady. You were blessed having her as your mom. She is with your dad now. God bless you all and your families. Love, Tammy and family

#35 from: Milton and Peggy Lightfoot
Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 7:30 PM

What lovely lady your Mother was.  She was always a joy to be with.  Our sincere sympathy  
Milton and Peggy Lightfoot

#36 from: Steve Long
Denver, NC
Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 8:08 PM

Linda, Denise and Annette,
Deepest sympathy to you and extended family for the passing of your mother.  She was a gift to those of us working in the Elgin School District and Community.

#37 from: Bill and Betty McElroy
New Bloomington, OH
Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 8:13 PM

Linda, Denise, Annette, and families,
Your mother/grandmother was such a special lady, a lady in every sense of the word. . . . .beautiful, sweet, compassionate, classy, sincere, strong, . . . .I could go on.  She was a joy to work with at Elgin West.  Her welcoming smile made it easy for parents, co-workers, students, and staff to feel comfortable in the office, but at the same time, the outer office area was always "under control."  
I remember all 3 of you girls, as you grew up in our community and at Elgin.  She loved all of you so much and you gave her so much to be proud of, in school and in "life."  I loved hearing her latest stories of the joy that you and the grandchildren brought to her.  
May you treasure all the wonderful memories of your mother and dad. They were a lovely couple, blessed with the 3 of you and your children.  They are reunited now.  Jesus has to be rejoicing in their presence!  May you all feel the love from the prayers that are being lifted for you now by your many, many friends.

With love and hugs,  Bill and Betty Jo McElroy

#38 from: Deborah Loy
Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 9:51 AM

There are so many fond memories it is hard to choose just one.  Her smile was genuine and her laughter was contagious. It was always fun for our family to come visiting.  I can't forget Donna's smile when all eight of us would come traipsing into your house.  Donna was a kind, gentle soul and will be greatly missed.  Know that your family (aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews) surround you in support during this difficult time in your lives. Sending our love.

#39 from: Barbara Lyon
Winter Garden,Fla.
Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 10:55 AM

Linda Denise& Annette so sorry to hear of your mother passingShe was a beautiful person.Keep your wonderful memories in your hearts forever.

#40 from: Sandy Gillfillan Overly
Mt. Victory Ohio
Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 10:55 AM

Sympathy to your family, our family remembers Donna and Rich with great respect!  Our Grandmother, Anna Mae Brown and parents, Paul and Mardell Gillfillan thought the world of them!  They are all meeting in heaven! Prayers to their girls!

#41 from: Greg & Barbara Rice
LaRue, Ohio
Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 7:17 PM

So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Jones was always kind, gentle-natured, with a smile on her face. We were blessed to have known her in many roles.

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