Donna Mae Jones went home to her Lord on Jan. 19, 2013, at the age of 80 with her family and dear friends at her side. Donna fought a long battle, never asking the Lord to heal her, but to always give her another day.
Donna was born to Lydia and Conrad Walters on Jan. 31, 1932 in Loveland, Colo., where she grew up working on the family farm. Donna was the eldest of four siblings, with Richard and JoAnn preceding her in death. The Walters family moved to Venice, Calif. when she was in the eighth grade.
She met the love of her life, Eddie, while attending Venice High School. They were married on Jan. 2, 1952. Their eldest daughter, Debbie, came into the world in 1954 and then the three moved to Torrance, Calif., where they would make their home for almost 50 years. Their youngest daughter, Susan, was born in 1957 and one of the highest joys of her life, granddaughter Jessica was born in 1981 to Debbie.
Donna was very involved with her daughter's lives, being a Girl Scout Leader for many years. She was a teacher's aide at the elementary school her daughters attended and was involved with the PTA, assisting on numerous field trips and working all the paper drives.
After her girls graduated from high school, Donna went to work for Phone-Mate, Inc., working in the customer service department. After many years at PMI, she went to work for South Bay Auto Repair until her retirement.
She and Eddie loved to travel, taking numerous cruises to Alaska and Mexico and flying to Hawaii a few times. She enjoyed the outdoors and loved to camp. Roasting hotdogs over an open fire became her favorite during her camping trips.
They moved to Keno, Ore., to be closer to their daughter Susan and son-in-law Jim in 2001. Eddie preceded Donna in death. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Walsh of Santee, Calif; granddaughter Jessica Walsh of Santee, Calif; daughter and son-in-law Susan and Jim Kincheloe of Keno, Ore.; and her sisters, Patti Restivo of Escondido, Calif.; and numerous friends, nieces and nephews. Most of all she is survived by her extended church family at Saving Grace Lutheran, Keno, whom she loved very much.
The family asks in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Saving Grace Lutheran in Keno, Ore., or High Desert Hospice.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Saving Grace Lutheran Church, with luncheon immediately following, at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd, now located at 2680 Memorial Drive, Klamath Falls, OR 97601, (541) 883-3458, is in charge of arrangements.