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Donna "Belle" (Jacobs) Jones

Born: Thu., Nov. 29, 1923
Died: Fri., Apr. 26, 2013

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Donna Belle Jones – November 29, 1923 – April 26, 2013
Our Mom, Donna Belle Jones went to be with her Lord on April 26, 2013.  Belle as she preferred to be called was born in Helvey, Nebraska the fourth child of Harry and Harriett Jacobs.  She grew up on a dry land farm during the depression and had very little but made do with what they had, a trait which persisted throughout her life.  
Belle attended a country school through 8th grade and then attended High School in Western Nebraska graduating in 1940.  That same year she and her family moved to Powell where she met and married Keith Jones in 1943, a union of nearly 60 years.  
To this union were born 5 boys in 5 years!  She was proud of them all.
Belle worked at Mountain Bell and US West Telephone Company retiring in 1980 after 25 years of service.
After their retirement Keith and Belle spent many years traveling in their motor home and visited all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska.  They celebrated their 50th anniversary with a Panama Cruise.
A faithful member of the Union Presbyterian Church for 70 years, she served in nearly every capacity as Elder, Sunday School Teacher, and Youth Sponsor/Supervisor and sang in the choir for more than 50 years.
She and Keith loved camping, snowmobiling, fishing and riding horseback.   Her hobbies included gardening, growing flowers, baking, caring for house plants, playing cards and of course spending time with her family.
Belle is survived by four sons, Calvin (Donna) Jones of Worland;  Randolph (Beverly) Jones of Sidney, MT;  Jeffrey Jones of Billings, MT; and Denman Jones of Grand Junction Co.  9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren also survive her along with three sisters, Gwendolyn Baxter, Patricia Jones, and Barbara (Clarence) Werbelow all of Powell and one Brother, Larry (Carol) of Medford OR and many nieces and nephews.
Mom was a loving and devoted mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and “grandma great”.  She will be greatly missed.
Belle was preceded in death by son Kenton, husband Keith, great granddaughter Maddalyn Anderson, Her parents and brothers Kermit and Jewell (Jake) Jacobs.
At her wish, cremation has taken place and a memorial service to celebrate Belle’s life will be held at Union Presbyterian Church in Powell on Saturday May 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM.  Memorial donations may be made to Union Presbyterian Church.
Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

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Duane and Linda Anderson
   Posted Sat April 27, 2013
To All of the Jones Family,
With Deepest Sympathy, You are in our Thoughts and our Prayers.
Duane and Linda

Russell Fullmer
   Posted Mon April 29, 2013

AZALEA PLANT was sent by Russ Fulllmer, Agricultural Manager.

The Jones family is in our thoughts and prayers. Sidney Sugars Agriculture Department Sidney Sugars Inc.

Allison Roche
   Posted Wed May 01, 2013

GARDEN PATH was sent by Allison Roche.

My deepest sympathy. Love to you all, Allison Roche

Jan Jacobs Sibal & Keith Jacobs
   Posted Fri May 03, 2013
Dear Family of Donna Belle,

We here in Nebraska always called her Donna Belle. Sorry to hear of her recent death. My Dad, who is a cousin and grew up a ¼ mile from her, recalled today of them going to District 91. It was a one- room country school near Western, NE. He said Donna Belle’s had 5 students in her class and they all went on to attend Western High School. He remembered she was a good student and everyone liked her. Her picture is in the church parish hall along with other members of her 1936 confirmation class. She was here last in 1990 and made a point to stop in and visit people she knew from years ago. I last saw her about 12 years ago. I took an old newspaper from Daykin because it had a story about her grandfather Hosea Fogg. She got a good laugh reading the entire newspaper. We lived in the same house at different times. The house is gone but we still keep the land in the family. A memorial has been sent to the Union Presbyterian Church in Powell.

Your cousins from Nebraska,

Jan Jacobs Sibal & Keith Jacobs

Ruth Jacobs Johnson & Family
   Posted Fri May 03, 2013
Gwen, Pat, Barb & Larry and son of Belle,
We were so saddened to receive the phone call from Pat telling us of Donna Belle's sudden passing. We are sorry that distance and Ruth's weakened physical state prevents us from bringing her to Belle's memorial service.

Ruth has written in her memory book of her summertime days growing up on the farm down the road from her cousins, Kermit, Jewell, Gwendolyn, Donna Belle and Patricia......Barb and Larry weren't born yet. Ruth writes that the summer days were spent with her cousins, living but a quarter of a mile away. Keith, Ruth's brother, would spend his time with Kermit and Jewell, but we girls were always playing either school, dolls, dressing up the kittens, watching gold fish and playing in the cold water in the tank that was for the cows and horses to drink out of. Special fun was gathering mulberries that would melt in your mouth, and this tree was reached by climbing on the ice-house on Uncle Harry's farm.

Another memory the Johnson's have is our 1954 family trip to Powell, WY to visit the cousins we had always heard about. We especially remember playing with Keith and Belle's five boys (especially because Ruth and Henry also had five boys), riding horses and a fish fry of freshly caught trout.

In August of 1993, Ruth and daughter, Mary, made a trip to Powell, WY. to surprise Belle and Keith on their 50th wedding anniversry. We can still see the wonderful look on Belle's face when she saw her cousin, Ruth. It was a mother-daughter trip that brought joy to us all in renewing memories with cousins and their families.

Ruth's written memories of District 91, the school everyone attended, were that there was no running water, so the children took turns going to the Zabel farm to fill the three-gallon bucket. Fox and Geese was the favorite game played in the snow at the country school. Keith and I took a two-wheeled cart to school that was driven by our pony Beauty. Dandy was the name of the pony that Uncle Harry's children rode. Beauty was Dandy's mother, and had belonged to our Uncle Wayne and Chet Jacobs when they lived in Daykin, NE.

At this difficult time, we extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of your family on the loss of your beautiful sister and mother. You were always so blessed to have such a close relationship throughout your lives.

Note: Your cousin and our mother, Ruth Johnson, is now suffering from dementia (short-term memory and very frail at 90 pounds), but still knows all of her family, has almost total recall of her growing up years, and her face lights up in a big smile whenever the names of your family come up. What happy memories you all provided each other.

Ruth Carol Jacobs Johnson and children, Mary, Steve, Robert, Doug, Richard and Greg

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