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Donnis M. “Donnie” Jones, of Edinburgh, passed away at 1:38 p.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at her home. She was 85 years old.
Donnis was born March 18, 1929, to Harry E. Thompson and Edell Zigler Thompson, along with her twin sister, Dacia Tobias of Edinburgh, who survives.
Donnis was a 1947 graduate of Edinburgh High School. She was employed at Amos Thompson Corp. from 1948 to 1958.
She married Billy G. Jones on Aug. 23, 1957, at the Edinburgh United Methodist Church, he survives.
She was the patient and loving mother of five children, Dacia Cathleen Ping of Shelbyville, Patti Suzanne (David) Boggs of Shelbyville, Ernest (Trudy) Jones of Franklin, Casey (Nova) Jones of Edinburgh, and Edell Tobyann (Mark) Carr of Edinburgh, they all survive.
She also is survived by another sister, Wilma Shupperd of Gas City. She was also a wonderful grandmother to 14 grandchildren and great-grandmother to 10 great-grandchildren.
She was well known to her family, friends and neighbors as an expert pie maker.
She entered and won multiple pie baking contests at the Shelby County Fair and Edinburgh Fall Festival. She was recognized as a nine-year 4-H leader to the Jackson Willing Workers 4-H Club in Shelby County. She also enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening, mowing, solving crossword puzzles and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Julia A. Thompson.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at The Who So Ever Will Community Church in Edinburgh. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the church. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh.
Memorial contributions can be made to The American Heart Association, The National Kidney Foundation or the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
She was generously cared for by Gentiva Hospice in the last few months of her life and the family would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Linda Huck, Lisa Lombardo and Stephanie.
She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Arrangements were made by Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home in Edinburgh.
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