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Donna Joy Jones (Hutchison) - Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother entered into eternal rest in Rocklin, California on March 12, 2018. Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard, and Arlene Hutchison, sister, Ardith Kortan, and her beloved husband, Jerry Jones.

The oldest of seven girls, Donna and her sisters grew up in Gregory, South Dakota. After she graduated from high school she worked for Haughtman's Market and Locker Service and in late 1951 began working for R.E.A. (Rosebud Electric Association). Soon after, she became engaged to her late husband, Jerry Jones who was in the military service. Jerry and Donna married on June 22, 1952. Three weeks later Jerry left for military duty in Korea. While Jerry was overseas Donna continued working for R.E.A. and sold tickets at the theater in the evenings.

After Jerry returned from overseas in January, 1954 he was stationed at George Air Force Base in Victorville, California. Donna then began working for the California Electric Power Company in San Bernardino, California.

In 1956 their first daughter, Cynthia was born and then eleven months later, their first son, Kevin. Donna was a homemaker for 18 years. During that time they had two more children, Jeffrey, and then their youngest, Diane.

In 1971 Jerry's job for the State Department of Education was transferred to Sacramento, California in which the family settled down in the town of Loomis. In 1974 Donna returned to work as an office manager in a department store until it closed. Soon after, she worked in the office of an automotive dealership for approximately ten years until retiring.

After retiring Jerry and Donna enjoyed gardening, spending time with their eleven grandchildren and family and friends. After Jerry passed away in 2002, Donna sold her property in Loomis and moved to Sun City in Roseville (a retirement community). While living in Sun City, Donna made many new friends, enjoyed quilting and sewing and occasionally traveled. One of her favorite trips was an Alaskan cruise she took with her sisters. All who knew Donna well knew how much she enjoyed having lunch with family and friends at a local casino where she loved playing the penny slot machines.

After suffering a stroke in January of 2017 Donna moved to The Pines in Rocklin, an assisted living facility. Donna was adored by the staff and always had a smile on her face.

Donna is survived by her children, Cynthia (Mike), Kevin (Suzanne), Jeffrey, Diane (Dennis); her Grandchildren, Kristin, Cherie, Lisa, Nicole, Melinda, Kayanne, Gary, Kenny, Jennifer, Eric, and Alex; her Great-Grandchildren, Jack, Brody, Avery, and Jaxon, her sisters, Avis, Ellen, Marilyn, DeNalda, and Diane.

At Donna's request she was laid to rest next to her parents in the I00F Cemetery in Gregory, South Dakota. This service was held on May 12, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. with Emmett Kotrba officiating.