Donna L. Jones, from Toledo, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at the age of 84. She passed away peacefully at Arbors West nursing home in West Jefferson, Ohio, where she had been living since 2016. She was born August 27, 1936 to John and Frieda Rogers.
Donna worked most of her life as a telephone operator for Amidon-Wells Answering Service, getting many of us jobs there along the way. She was great friends with Doris Amidon and Geoff Wells. Donna’s last place of employment was with Betty Rumpf Home Interiors, where she loved the employee discount more than anything else.
Donna graduated from DeVilbiss High School some years before numbers were invented. She belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star, (her father was a 32nd Degree Mason), torturing her oldest daughter, Pam, by making her join as well. She would fulfill her role there as dutifully as possible, while giggling with Pam about the old ladies who had passed gas without noticing. The rest of us just loved going to their Christmas parties.
Donna’s greatest love, other than screaming “BILL!” every time he moved, was camping at Big Sandy Campground in Swanton, Ohio. There she made life-long friendships and a tan the Kardashian’s would be jealous of. She camped there through 3 campers and 3 generations of children.
Donna is preceded in death by her parents, her youngest child Douglas William (Little Dougie Do No Wrong), her sister, Elizabeth Juanita Lampros, her husband William Allen, and many pets that she liked better than all of us.
She will be greatly missed by her children, Pamela, Richard (Cindy), Todd (Christina) and Dawn (Mike); her grandchildren, Jennifer (Chuck), Shane (Amy), Amanda (Angel), Brittany (Jimmy), Koby (Christina [A different one. We are a weird family, but not that weird!]), Dustin, Trenton, Will and Richard, Jr.; and her great-grandchildren, Shaylie, Kinsey, Avery, Grayson, Tyler, Drake, Brianna and Jenson; and also by her best friends, My Friend Jan and Abby, her dog.
Donna was a force to be reckoned with until the very end. Just ask any of the many nurses who suffered bruises because they tried to mess with her! Or any of her children who had something thrown at their head for screwing around.
A Memorial Service will be planned for this summer at Big Sandy Campground.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund. The nurses at Heartland and Arbors loved her dearly and they need all the help they can get at this time.
Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund
333 N. Summit St.
PO Box 10086
Toledo, Ohio 43699-0086
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