Donna was born August 17, 1922, in Rapid City, South Dakota, to Edward C. and Jessie C. (Smith) Smith. She was the first born of eight children. Donna attended country school in Bear Lodge and finished her schooling in Sundance. She then attended Spearfish Normal School (Black Hills State University).
Donna married Cecil G. Jones on January 16, 1940. To this union five children were born. Cecil passed away August 30, 1962. Cecil and Donna started their adventure working on different ranches in South Dakota before moving to Wyoming around 1943, where they finished raising their children. Upon the death of her husband, Donna married Sid Dinkins on June 15, 1963. Sid and Donna were long time residents of Sundance. Sid passed away on October 13, 1974.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents Ed and Jessie Smith; sister Lorraine; brothers Dennis and Richard; both of her spouses Cecil and Sid; and great-granddaughters Ehlin and Corrina.
Donna is survived by three sons, Charles (Jean) Jones, Roger (Carol) Jones, both of Sundance, Edward (Nancy) Jones, Worland; two daughters, Maxine Noyes, Sundance, Glennita Long, Bullhead City, Arizona. She is also survived by two brothers, Luther Smith, Midvale, Utah and Vance Smith, Rawlins, Wyoming; two sisters, Emma Reinhold, Buhl, Idaho and Elaine Menjares, Greeley, Colorado; 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Donna was a very warm caring grandmother that took great pride in helping care for her family, whenever needed. In her later years she loved having her doggies close to her.
Graveside services were held Friday, April 4, 2014, at Green Mountain Cemetery of Sundance. The family will hold a celebration of Donna’s life in August.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to benefit Anchor Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance, WY.
Online condolences may be written to Donna’s family at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com