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JONES: Donna Helen (Hayter) of Exeter formerly of Greenway

Posted By Haskett Funeral Home On November 22, 2020 @ 4:01 PM In Exeter,Obituary | 55 Comments

JONES: Donna Helen (Hayter) of Exeter formerly of Greenway

Passed peacefully with her family by her side at the Bluewater Rest Home, Zurich on November 21, 2020 at the age of 94. Beloved wife of the late James “Ted” Jones (2016). Adored mother of Randy and Susann Jones of Exeter. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Linda and Willy O’Rourke and Roy Phillips. Donna will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers and sisters Glenn and Marg (Gibbs) Hayter, Barb (Hayter) and Ray Gooding, Jean and Alex “Sandy” McInroy, and Ruth (Jones) Philips and parents Ella Rae and Newton Hayter and her mother and father-in-law Gladys and Cecil Jones.

Donna was born in Greenway in 1926 and lived on the family farm. She worked in a light bulb factory in London during the war, as well as keeping busy farming. She retired at the Exeter Times Advocate as a layout artist. Donna met her husband Ted in Exeter at a community dance in 1947.  She and Ted married in 1948 and moved to the Exeter area, eventually settling down on the family farm. Donna was Beta Sigma Phi sorority sister in Exeter for over 60 years. She enjoyed doing oil paintings on site, tending to her garden in her free time and running the road to the cottage with Ted.

A private family funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 25th at 11 AM. Though the service is private, the family invites you to join with them from the comfort of your own home. Stream the service live by visiting www.facebook.com/haskettfh. Interment Exeter Cemetery.  Haskett Funeral Home, EXETER entrusted with arrangements. 

Donation to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority or the South Huron Hospital Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.

Condolences for the family of “JONES: Donna Helen (Hayter) of Exeter formerly of Greenway”

Condolence from Lynn and Sarah Hope on November 22nd, 2020 6:14 PM

Love you Donna <3

Condolence from Dave Frayne and Cathy Cade on November 22nd, 2020 6:46 PM

To Randy, Susann , family and friends:
Sorry to learn of Donna’s passing. She is reunited with Ted now, May your memories of her bring you comfort in the future.
Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Wendi Schwindt on November 22nd, 2020 7:05 PM

Dear Randy and Susann….we treasured our time with your mom and dad in Exeter. And your visit to our property at Dyers Bay was special. Ted and Donna were the kindest and best people to know. So very sorry for your loss.
John and Wendi Schwindt

Condolence from Mike and joAnne Pickering on November 22nd, 2020 7:22 PM

So sorry for the loss of your sister Linda sending hugs 🤗 to you and your family!!

Condolence from Paul & Beth Anstett on November 22nd, 2020 8:00 PM

Dear Randy & Susann & family,
Our sincerest condolences on the painful loss of your dear mother, Donna. She will be fondly remembered as a very sweet and gentle lady.
Paul & Beth Anstett & family

Condolence from Jodi Schenk on November 22nd, 2020 8:07 PM

Randy and Susann, I am very sorry to hear about Donna. Our thoughts are with you.

Jodi, Kris, Emma and Kolten

Condolence from jack reginald triebner on November 22nd, 2020 8:22 PM



Condolence from Sharon & Bob Pavkeje on November 22nd, 2020 8:52 PM

Sorry to read on Donna’s passing. I always enjoyed visits at our office from Ted and Donna in past years. Such a cute and inspiring couple. Sending our thoughts and prayers to Randy & Susann and families.

Condolence from Barb and Milt Dietrich on November 22nd, 2020 9:38 PM

Randy & Susann, Linda & Willie and Family,

Our condolences on Donna’s passing. May your memories of happy times together be a comfort to you always.
Thinking of you. 💕

Condolence from Larry Taylor on November 22nd, 2020 9:58 PM

Randy, Susan and family, I am deeply saddened by your loss. I shared many wonderful and special moments during her tenure at bluewater while seeing my wife. May she Rest In Peace.

Condolence from Fred Godbolt on November 22nd, 2020 10:11 PM

Randy and Susann. I’m saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. She was a wonderful strong person.

Condolence from GARY LUKAS on November 23rd, 2020 6:36 AM

Randy and Susann my thoughts are with you, so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Kate Monk on November 23rd, 2020 6:50 AM

Dear Randy and Susann,
Our sincere condolences to you. Donna was such a kind and loving member of our Marlborough Street neighbourhood, the Exeter community and the Ausable Bayfield family. She will be missed but not forgotten.
Doug & Kate

Condolence from jerry and Phyllis Mathers on November 23rd, 2020 8:41 AM

Randy and Susann So sorry to hear t he sad news of Donnas passing. Many fond memories of family and friends together at your Grandparents farm on 81 highway outside of Grand Bend. We would sit around and listen to Donna and her sister sing, She will be missed. Jerry and Phyllis Mathers

Condolence from Margaret Brintnell on November 23rd, 2020 9:01 AM

Thinking of you Linda, Willie & all the family at this sad time. Donna was a very friendly lady & will be missed by you all. You will have so many memories to share. My Sympathy to All.
Take Care – Margaret Brintnell

Condolence from John & Liz Stephens on November 23rd, 2020 9:41 AM

Randy & Susann Our deepest condolences .Donna was a sharp , witty loving person .We loved going to Hooks restaurant in London with them ,for a ”pig out ”& I`m wearing my ” fat pants ”as Donna would say. May your fond memories comfort you through this difficult time John & Liz

Condolence from Glenn & Joan Kells on November 23rd, 2020 9:44 AM

We would like to offer our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. She will be remembered by many people as a very gentle person.

Condolence from Elaine Ford on November 23rd, 2020 10:57 AM

Dear family of Donna. What a treasured Lady she was.. I have many fond memories of my time assisting Donna at Exeter Villa. So sorry to learn of her passing, she wanted to help so many people. God Bless her family and friends. ❤️

Condolence from George and Helen Pratt on November 23rd, 2020 11:13 AM

Randy & Susan…. Our sympathy to you on the loss of your mother. Donna was a good friend & neighbor for many years. We are thinking of you at this sad time.

Condolence from June E Morenz on November 23rd, 2020 11:43 AM

Linda and Willie: I was so sorry to read of your loss. May your happy memories aid in your loss.

Condolence from Norma Khan on November 23rd, 2020 11:47 AM

Randy and Susan, Barb and Willy,

So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I worked many years with Donna at the Times Advocate.
My condolences.
Norma Khan

Condolence from Blue Water Rest Home Blue Water Rest Home on November 23rd, 2020 11:58 AM

Sending condolences on behalf of the Residents, Staff and Board at Blue Water Rest Home. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Condolence from MaryJane Taylor on November 23rd, 2020 12:45 PM

To all of Donna’s family.
My Sincere Sympathy in your loss of dear Donna.
She was a lovely lady and may your fond memories
bring you comfort. We were sorority sisters for many years
and always enjoyed her wit….

Condolence from Jim & Verla Russell on November 23rd, 2020 12:49 PM

To: Randy, Susann, Linda, Willy and Roy
Our deepest, heartfelt sympathy on Donna’s passing.
She was a wonderful, thoughtful lady.
A great sorority sister, and many memories from sorority events.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Condolence from Ena de Haan on November 23rd, 2020 1:11 PM

Although expected at such an age it still shocked me to hear /read of Donna’s passing. She & Ted were our neighbours across the road for many years on Marlborough Street! Heartfelt empathy to the family, may you remember both of them with love & admiration, God Bless !!

Ena de Haan

Condolence from Jim & Linda Dietrich on November 23rd, 2020 1:46 PM

Linda, Willi & Family
So sorry for your loss, our deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Sandra and Larry Hern on November 23rd, 2020 3:46 PM

Dear Randy and Susann and Donna’s family,

Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Donna. She was such a lovely lady we have known for a long time. She worked along with our Mother Dorothy Hern at the Times Advocate and they were great friends. We had such a nice visit with her when you hosted her Birthday Open House…and she always spoke with love and pride about Randy! May it give you some peace and comfort to know that she and her beloved Ted are now together again.

Condolence from Lawrence Stevens on November 23rd, 2020 3:48 PM

Randy and Susan
Gail and I are deeply saddened by the loss of your mother.
Donna was such a nice lady. She will be greatly missed.

Lawrence and Gail Stevens

Condolence from BEV. & NORMA LINDENFIELD on November 23rd, 2020 7:21 PM


Condolence from Janet Kinsman Bilcke on November 23rd, 2020 7:37 PM

Randy & Susann, Im so sorry to hear Donna has passed, what a wonderful lady she was. I enjoyed every visit i had w her. ♥️

Condolence from Rick Phillips & Linda Lustins on November 23rd, 2020 8:27 PM

Our thoughts are with you during this very sad time. Donna was a very special lady who we will always remember fondly.

Condolence from Marion McCarter on November 23rd, 2020 8:35 PM

Randy and Susann, Linda and Willy:
Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time in the loss of your mother and sister. May you treasure her memories and carry them with you in your hearts forever. It was a pleasure having known Donna and Ted and to have worked for them in the past and to have been a sorority sister of Donna.. Deepest sympathy.
Marion McCarter

Condolence from The Lord Family on November 24th, 2020 6:56 AM

Dear Randy, Susann and Family

So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing!

Donna was such a sweet and kind-hearted person. We have had some wonderful chats over the years.
Donna will definitely be missed!

Deb and Dick Lord and Family

Condolence from Darlene Porter on November 24th, 2020 7:08 AM

Randy and Susan I would like to extend my sympathy in the loss of your Mother. I am sure the art talent was a gift passed on to you. May you be comforted in the memories.

Condolence from Joan Bell on November 24th, 2020 9:16 AM

To Linda and Willy: My condolence to you in your loss. I have fond memories of days gone by with your family. Thinking of you at this time.

Condolence from Julie on November 24th, 2020 10:00 AM

In our thoughts and prayers Ray and Joan Webb and Family

Condolence from Ken and Linda Genttner on November 24th, 2020 11:24 AM

Linda, Wally and Family

So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ken and Linda Genttner

Condolence from Jim Beckett on November 24th, 2020 1:10 PM

To Randy and Susan
I enjoyed working at the Times-Advocate with Donna for many years.
Her dedication to detail was part of the reason the newspaper was regarded as one of the best in Ontario.
She was an important part of the T-A family.
I am sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Joanne Anderson on November 24th, 2020 3:37 PM

My heart aches for you — thoughts and prayers….

Condolence from Mark Heimrich on November 24th, 2020 3:46 PM

Randy & Susann, & Family;

My sincere sympathy to you all in your Mom’s/ Donna’s passing. She was such a lovely person. I had several good chats with your Mom AND Dad through the years, often at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation dinners. They were both such wonderful supporters of our community over many, many years.

Mark (& Julie) Heimrich

Condolence from Marion Armstrong on November 24th, 2020 4:08 PM

Marion Armstrong

Randy and Susann,

So sorry to hear about Donna. She is with Ted again. Ted, Bill and Donna will be together fishing and share stories about the good old times they had. She was truly a very lovable person. So many memories. Thinking of you at this sad time. It was an honor to have been their friend.

Condolence from Rob Anderson on November 24th, 2020 4:27 PM

Randy, I’m so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I’m truly grateful that Joanne and I were able to see her when we were last there. Mom really liked your parents and always looked forward to seeing them when they were back east. My deepest sympathies go out to you, Susann and the rest of the family.
Your west coast cousin Rob.

Condolence from Cathy and Don Pearson on November 25th, 2020 9:40 AM

We were saddened to learn of your mother’s passing, she was such a sweet lady. We enjoyed catching up with Ted and Donna every spring at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Dinner. They are united once again. Our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Penny Watson on November 25th, 2020 10:49 AM

Heartfelt Sympathy to all the Family
In our thoughts and Prayers

Jerome and Penny Watson

Condolence from Barb Fleet on November 25th, 2020 11:40 AM

Randy and Susann. So dry sorry to learn of Donna’s passing . We were sorority sisters . Donna was a beautiful sweet lady . Rest In Peace Donna.

Condolence from Sandy Hollowell on November 25th, 2020 11:45 AM

Randy and Susann, My heartfelt sympathies on Donna’s passing. A kind and gracious lady, always with a beautiful smile. I was honoured to have carried on the Gidley House history for five years. Now she and Ted will dance again across the heavens.
Sandy Hollowell

Condolence from Mickie Struyke-Laurin on November 25th, 2020 12:16 PM

Randy, Susan and family. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Donna. I had the pleasure of working with Donna years ago at the Times Advocate and always treasured our friendship. Ted and Donna were an amazing couple…very caring loving and complimented each other so much.
Randy and Susan …you were a gift for Donna and Ted.
Rest In Peace Donna. ❤️

Condolence from Mickie Struyke-Laurin on November 25th, 2020 12:26 PM

Linda and Willy and Family…. I was saddened to learn of Donna passing. Linda you always spoke highly with love and caring for your sister. I know she will be missed very much.
Hugs…..Stay strong …Mickie. ❤️

Condolence from George and Sue Wilson on November 25th, 2020 5:03 PM

Randy and Susann, our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mother. Donna was a lovely lady. She and your Dad knew my Dad and Mom, Doug and Dorothy Insley. Remember your wonderful memories. Hugs and prayers, George and Sue Wilson

Condolence from Debbie Peplow on November 26th, 2020 10:27 AM

So sorry to hear of the passing of Donna, a lovely lady with a great sense of humor, and that wonderful smile. Rest in peace Donna, you will be missed. 🙏🏻

Condolence from Sally Wavrick on November 26th, 2020 11:55 AM

Dear Randy & Susanne, also Linda & Willie: Donna will be missed by all , my sincere condolences Linda for loss of your beloved sister and Randy for loss of your Mom. May she fly with the angels in heaven…

Condolence from Sandy Wavrick on November 27th, 2020 1:48 PM

Dear Randy and Susann,
I’m sorry to learn about your mom’s passing. Please know I am thinking of you today and sending both of you big hugs with lots of love.
Miss you guys.

Condolence from Sandy Wavrick on November 27th, 2020 1:57 PM

Dear Linda,
I’m sorry that you’ve lost your sister… I hope the many memories you have of special times together are of some comfort. It brought a smile to my face seeing the photos posted on this site, and rekindled memories of my own early childhood days visiting family. Many familiar faces.
Sending love and hugs to both you and Willy.

Condolence from Sally Grigg on December 1st, 2020 1:48 PM

Randy and Susann. Rick and I are very sorry to here of your loss. Even though we never met Donna we knew how dear she was to you both Stay strong and safe during this challenging time. Better days ahead

Condolence from George Godbolt on December 8th, 2020 4:55 PM

Randy and Susann. Lois and I wish to offer our condolences to you. I knew both Ted and Donna for so long and thought the world of both of them. To see them interact with each other was such a treat and I always looked forward to their visit. Ted would come up with an idea and plan and your mom would either agree or the plan didn’t happen. They were so tight with each other and supported each other unconditionally. Susan and I still do Que, sera sera for her or with her in mind— or at least we will if we ever get back to singing for the residents.
George and Lois Godbolt

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