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Donna M. (Jones) Doty


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Donna M. (Jones) Doty Obituary
Donna M. Doty, 96, of Pittsford, died February 27, 2018, at MacRitchie Skilled Nursing Facility in Hillsdale, Michigan. She was born July 6, 1921, in Hillsdale, to Louie and Myra (Humphrey) Jones. She married George F. Gay in Albion on April 3, 1943, and enjoyed nearly 40 years of marriage before George's death in 1981. On May 8, 1982, she married Oliver Doty and he preceded her in death on November 20, 2015.
Donna was raised on the family farm and attended Pittsford Schools. During her marriage to Oliver, they lived in the Jackson area and enjoyed spending time at their home up north. She worked in several local factories throughout her life, retiring from Litex in Hillsdale. Donna loved to do puzzles, garden and tend to her flowers. She crocheted many blankets and outfits for children and grandchildren. In her earlier years, she loved to camp and travel. Donna walked the Mackinac Bridge several years on Labor Day, starting in 1971-1991.
Donna is survived by daughters, Carol McNair of Jonesville, and Nadine (John) Barnett of Pittsford; step-daughter, Tina (Todd) Cochrane, of Jackson; sons, Dorian (Janice) Gay of Osseo, and Frederick (Theresa) Gay of Hershey, MI; and a sister Nada Doty of Jonesville; as well as 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great -grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, one brother, one son in-law, DeWayne McNair, one sister, one step –daughter, Stacy Belman and one step-son, Ron Doty.
A funeral service for Donna will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson with Dr. Rev. Samuel E. Wickard officiating. Interment will be at Leonardson Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday from 12 p.m. till the time of service at 2:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions in honor of Donna can be made to the MacRitchie Skilled Nursing Facility or to Liberty Bible Church. Friends can share memories and words of comfort with the family online at www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Mar. 1, 2018
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