RaeDonna Moore Jones (Buena Vista)

Born: Thu., Feb. 21, 1935
Died: Wed., Mar. 25, 2020


Celebration of Life

10:30 AM Sat., Jun. 13, 2020
Location: Valley Fellowship


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RaeDonna Moore Jones, formerly of Kingwood, Texas, passed away suddenly at her home in Buena Vista, Colorado, on March 25, 2020, from COVID-19. She joined her husband and parents in heaven and received her crown of glory and is now resting in the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ. RaeDonna was born in McAlister, Oklahoma on February 21, 1935, to Elmer (Jack) and Dorothy Moore. While at The University of Oklahoma (OU), she met the love of her life, Sterling Brown Jones, whom she married on May 5, 1955, at Penn Avenue Christian Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

RaeDonna graduated from Northeast High School in Oklahoma City, OK in 1953. She attended OU where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and involved in student government. She left OU after her sophomore year to marry Sterling and support him in his Air Force career. They lived in Enid, OK, Denver, CO, Topeka, KS, and Malden, MO while Sterling was in the Air Force. Following Sterling’s time in the Air Force, they moved to Tyler, TX, Tulsa, OK, and then to Kingwood, TX. Their final move was to Buena Vista, CO, consolidating their Kingwood and Colorado homes.  While in Tulsa, RaeDonna received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Tulsa and received her teaching certification. She taught advanced Biology for 27 years in Humble ISD at both Humble High School and Kingwood High School. She loved teaching and instilling the love of science in her students! While teaching, RaeDonna was head of the Pep Squad at Humble High School, the National Honor Society at Kingwood High School, and the Youth Against Cancer (YAC) club at both high schools. In Tyler and Tulsa, RaeDonna played an active role in the First Christian Church and led the Women’s Ministry and taught Sunday School. Many of her dearest friends were from her church relationships and church activities. She and Sterling raised their children in a loving, Christian home and introduced them to their Savior, Jesus Christ.
RaeDonna and Sterling were blessed with three children, Dick Sterling, Kimberly Bless, and Kelly Beth. She was a devoted wife and loving mother whom thoroughly enjoyed her family on their annual summer camping trips, especially to Colorado. She was a wonderful supporter of her children’s activities, from sports, to dancing, cheerleading, and drill team. RaeDonna was an expert seamstress and won many awards for her coats and hats at both the Texas and Oklahoma State Fairs. She made all of her formal dresses while in high school and college and did the same for her daughters, including dance, cheer, and drill team uniforms. RaeDonna loved her monthly bridge games with her teacher friends and also played duplicate bridge competitively after retiring in 2000. She was a 20-year breast cancer survivor and loved the mountains of Colorado!

RaeDonna was preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is survived by her son Dick and wife Karen of Fort Worth, Texas, daughter Kimberly Sheets and husband Duane of Friendswood, Texas, daughter Kelly Beth Mitchell and husband Jim of Boerne, Texas, brother Leon Moore and wife Karin of Paden, Oklahoma, brother Winston Moore of Florida, sister-in-law Carolyn Ford of Wichita Falls, Texas and brother-in-law Dr. Joe Jones of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is also survived by very dear friends, a married couple that she considered her adopted son and daughter, Pete and Gina Daigle. RaeDonna, lovingly known as Grandma or GG, is survived by seven grandchildren: Alissa Jones Pearson and husband Tim, Rebb Jones and wife Sarah, LeeAnn Nagel, Nathan Sheets and wife Jenna, Kelsey Mitchell Golden and husband Brian, Dakota Mitchell and wife Maggie, and Megan Jones Minetto and husband Jorge. In addition, GG is survived by nine great-grandchildren: Ethan and Caleb Jordan, Karley, Sterling, and Eleanor Jones, Adelyn and Allison Sheets, Wyatt Golden, and Charlie Rose Mitchell, plus numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. GG was very excited and looked forward to the birth of two more great-granddaughters in July and August by Megan and Jenna.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in RaeDonna's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, the Methodist Breast Care Center in Houston, Texas, or The University of Oklahoma Alumni Club of Houston Scholarship Fund.  

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the Valley Fellowship Church, 608 S. San Juan Avenue, Buena Vista, Colorado 81211

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Susan Nies
   Posted Thu April 09, 2020
Dear RaeDonna's family,

I am so sorry for your loss of this beautiful woman and powerhouse from your family. I've been blessed to know RaeDonna only for a short time, about 2 years or so, thanks to our going to Valley Fellowship Church and being in the Women's Ministries groups together, but am so grateful for that time. I will never forget your mom, grandmother. . .RaeDonna was an incredibly special, vibrant woman who you knew cared and loved deeply. As I told our assistant pastor, I am sure she is dancing up there with her husband and the Lord. And I bet she's wearing something red, because she looked stunning in it :) God bless you all as you walk through this time, together. Please know you're not alone in loving and missing her. Truly, Susan and Ron Nies

Ritchie Molitor
   Posted Fri April 10, 2020
Dear Family of RaeDonna,

I have know RaeDonna through the community of Trail West the last several years. She was a ball of energy and would light up a room with her smile and Texas Draw! She was a champion of the "covered dish" ladies lunch, and insistent on people being introduced to each other at our meetings! I am part of the HOA board and we have decided to have a "get to know your neighbor's name mixer" before the annual meeting this year in her honor. She is was one of a kind and represented a Great Generation... we will miss her!

Peace to your family
Love Ritchie and Betsy Molitor and family!

Nicole Smith
   Posted Sat April 11, 2020
My deepest condolences for the loss of RaeDonna. She will be missed and her impact on the community of Trail West was far reaching. She left a wonderful legacy of truly living out Christ’s commands by loving others and being a shining light for him. I am grateful that I was able to know RaeDonna.
With love and sympathy,
Nicole Smith and family

Allie Hammond
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Dearest Family of the beautiful RaeDonna Jones,

I had the pleasure of working with your mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother through physical therapy training in Buena Vista. She is an amazing woman, dear to my heart, and taught me so much about life. Thank you for sharing your beautiful mother with us! She is missed daily in our clinic and in my heart. Please give love to her cats from me too. I am available through email if you need anything, especially locally in Buena Vista. Love to you all for your hearts to heal.

Love and Peace,
Allie Hammond

Marilyn George
   Posted Sun April 19, 2020
Hello Jones family. I am so sorry to learn of your moms passing. We had many fun times when you all were young and in high school. From bridge games to all night sewing sessions to finish prom dresses. She was a dear. My prayers are with you. Hugs too, Marilyn

Martha Cottingham
   Posted Sat May 30, 2020
Dear Jones family,
I first met RaeDonna in the 1990s when we moved to Forest Cove. I got to know her through Kingwood Alumnae Panhellenic. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all.

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