Dorothy Virginia Jones

Dorothy Virginia Jones

Feb. 16, 1934 – March 27, 2021

Dorothy Virginia Jones was born on Feb. 16, 1934, in Cody, Wyo., to Alfred Leslie Allen and Della Berniece O’Mara. She is the oldest of six children. She has three sisters, Betty, Sunny and Beverly, and two brothers, Leslie and Lee. She also has two half-brothers, Brad and Troy.

She married Kenneth Jones on May 25, 1951, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple, the year before she graduated. She attended Greybull High School her senior year, and graduated in May, 1952.  They had seven children: Kevin (Susie) Logandale, Nevada, Kengie (Gary), Cedar Hills, Utah, Marlin (Sandi), Burlington, Wyo., Kalyn (Barb) West Jordan, Utah, Lennis (Patty), Pleasant Grove, Utah, Shelley (Todd), Billings, Mont., and Jeffrey. Two of her sons preceded her in death: Kevin in 2010 at age 54 and Jeffrey at birth. Dorothy has 32 grandchildren, and 86 great grandchildren.

They raised their family in Otto, Wyo. She has always been very resourceful, and could make a dollar stretch a long way. She drove a school bus for 13½ years. She and Kenneth went to Korea, where Ken designed the heating and cooling systems in the Seoul, Korea LDS Temple. Dorothy was the assistant to the temple matron for a year, once the temple was completed. They went to Hawaii on the way, and during their time in Korea, they visited Hong Kong and Japan. Most of her vacations were to visit her children in other states, or to the mountains she loved so much!

Dorothy did a lot of sewing and made a lot of her children's clothing, including wedding dresses. She also made many quilts. She loved gardening and nature. Her flower beds were beautiful, and a source of joy to her. She loved to make things grow, and enjoyed having a variety of houseplants. There was never a plant that wouldn’t grow for her! She loved to go and stay in the family cabin in the Big Horn Mountains. She has always been a hard worker, and rarely sat down! Sometimes we wished she would take a break so we could! She did a lot of canning, and won lots of ribbons at the county fair for her fresh and canned fruits and vegetables. She was a great cook, and made delicious meals. She knew just how to season foods to make them taste yummy! She did a lot of baking, including breads, rolls, cakes, cookies, and muffins. She also made and decorated beautiful wedding cakes for family and friends. She made all kinds of candies and treats for her family and neighbors to enjoy. She made things with papier-mâché, and did embroidery, knitting, and needlepoint. She crocheted beautiful afghans and other items. She also reupholstered furniture. There really wasn’t anything she couldn’t do! Kenneth passed away on January 9, 1998 at age 70. They were married for 46 years.

She married Melvin Reid on Feb. 20, 1999. They did a lot of camping and traveling to visit friends and relatives. They were camp hosts in the Big Horn Mountains for three summers. Mel passed away seven years later.

She married Marion Riley on Feb. 14, 2009. They were together for three years before he passed away in 2012. Dorothy moved to Summerfield Retirement Center in Orem, Utah, in 2017. She enjoyed making new friends there, and appreciated so much those who were so kind and gentle in helping to care for her. We would like to thank the staff there for all they did to make her stay more enjoyable.

Dorothy Jones, 87, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Orem, Utah. She will be missed for her kindness, thoughtfulness, and her beautiful smile.

Funeral services will be held at the LDS church in Burlington, 10 a.m., Saturday, April 10, 2021. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. A graveside service will follow at the Otto Cemetery. Live streaming of the funeral service may be found at: 

Arrangements are entrusted to Atwood Family Funeral Directors.