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Donna Gene (Hart) Jones
May 5, 1947 ~ December 31, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Donna Gene Hart Jones, 76, of Montpelier Idaho, passed away at her home on December 31st, 2023.
Donna was born, May 5th, 1947 to Donald Hart and Geraldine Dietscher in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Donna leaves behind her husband Steve, a brother, 3 daughters, 13 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
Donna was married to Steve in the Salt Lake City Temple in November of 1968. They enjoyed traveling together, visiting England, Hawaii, and the Saint Thomas Islands throughout their marriage. She made the most of her life and her repertoire of career and personal achievements were known to many. She spent time as a model in her early life, and later worked as a journalist. To the excitement of her grandchildren, Donna was employed by The Walt Disney Company from 1977-1979.
Donna was heavily involved in her family's genealogy. She took pride in charting and filing family history information. She cherished her family's native american lineage and spoke about it often. Unknown to many, Donna was a member of the Mohawk Tribe, Turtle Klan, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Ontario, Canada. She put forth effort to benefit her ancestral community, and began hosting book drives to fill the shelves of the reservation library.
Donna enjoyed supporting her grandchildren in their academic and athletic achievements, and while she still could, attended many events. She shared her childhood memories and the cherished collectables with all of her grandchildren, including a pin collection that began with her Aunt Vila. A collection of spoons would hang on a wall of her choice in every home she and Steve owned, and she had a story for every single one.
Donna was a woman of unwavering strength and resilience. She remained active for much of her life, despite a decades long battle with Parkinson's Disease, taking walks with friends often, and baking with her grandchildren. Most notable, she was known for pretending to look the other way while her grandchildren would take spoonfuls from the honey jar.
She fought her battles with a sharp tongue, and a sassy attitude full of good humor. She loved all friends and family that came into her life equally and lacked quarrels with anyone. In the face of ailment, she remained in good spirits, and brought a fulfilling light to all whom she touched. Her love of life did not leave with her death, but inspired all of us to live, smile, and fight our battles to the very end. She was known for holding her arms wide open for her grandchildren and saying “I love you this much.” We know she now does the same with her wings.