Tahlequah Daily Press


July 10, 2014

Donna Mae Jones

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah lost a beloved daughter on Friday, July 4. Donna Mae Jones, born on May 29, 1956 in Tulsa, and passed from this life over unto the next very suddenly as she was preparing for an Independence Day celebration with family and friends.

She is survived by her parents, Orville Copeland and Sharon of Wagoner; Dovie Mae Stansell and Don of Tulsa; her daughter, Kelsey Lynne Jones and fiancé, Michael Mayo of Tahlequah; her only grandchild, Maekenlie Jolynne Mayo; and her sweetheart, John Ratchford. She was also blessed with many aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as hundreds of friends.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Vicki Lynne Ivanusic; and her beloved grandmother, Beula Mae Mattingly.

Donna Mae had a huge personality and loved all she met. Always she was giving to others, helping others and keeping in touch with multitudes of people, like a loving glue that held so many together. Her life was an example of the love of Christ.

Her Christian faith meant so much to her and she was a member of Cornerstone Church.

A talented artist, nearly completing an art teaching degree; a school bus driver for Briggs and Tahlequah Public Schools; a dedicated Avon Representative with many loyal customers, and a party and function organizer extraordinare. Her love for all kinds of music and musicians was a big part of her everyday life.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at the Illinois River Village Clubhouse on Chewy Road off Highway 10 North. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any Arvest Bank to Kelsey Lynne Jones, a special account for expenses incurred.

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