Dorothy Jones


Dorothy Ann Jones, 87, of Rochester, MN, died peacefully at Samaritan Bethany on Oct. 23, 2023. Her eldest daughter was by her side. She had been a patient with Mayo Hospice since January.

Born May 12, 1936, in Danville, IL, Dorothy was the daughter of Oscar and Mary (Allison) Anderson. She married Thomas Humphreys in 1955. They divorced in 1970. She married Jack F. Jones in 1972. He died in 1974.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sister, Judi Anderson of Indianapolis, IN; and an infant son and daughter. She is survived by her two daughters, Cindy (Joel Gray) Humphreys and Tammy Humphreys, all of Rochester, MN; her brother, Ron (Stella) Anderson, of Janesville, WI; and two nieces and a nephew.

A registered nurse, Dorothy worked for many years at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Danville, IL. Later in life, worked for Alterna-Care, a home health agency in Springfield, IL.

Dorothy loved to sing, read, crochet, play Scrabble and color pictures. She had a wicked sense of humor and a wonderful laugh. We will miss her but we’re glad her long struggle is over. No service is planned.

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5 thoughts on “Dorothy Jones

  1. Tammy and Cindy,

    So sorry to hear about your mom. I do remember Aunt Dorothy’s humor and laugh from when I was little. My folks always loved your folks. I remember when you came to Indianapolis. I also remember going to the farm.
    Hugs to you both !!

    Christy (Uncle Jim and Aunt Pat’s daughter)

  2. We played Scrabble online for years after she moved to Rochester. She was a bit better than me! Always wanted to see ‘mom’ when I came to see Tammy. From Dorothy Kane

  3. I will temporarily miss my friend who sang bass with me at the Springfield Bible Church Christmas program for many years from the late 1990’s on into the 2000’s. I still remember the surprise birthday party we had for her birthday 70th birthday- the only one she ever had. God bless both her daughters.

  4. Cindy, Tammy and Joel,
    I so enjoyed getting to know your Mom while I was helping her. The love she had in her heart for you was always so evident in the stories she would tell me. She especially liked to reminisce about the cross country vacations she took with you two girls. I just thought “WOW” what a strong and brave woman to take that on back then. I loved laughing with her and enjoyed all the stories she had of her nursing jobs and just life in general. She taught me that perseverance and gumption go a long way for a single mother trying to make it in the world. The wisdom she shared with me helped me through a particularly rough time in my life. I will always be grateful to her for that.
    You have my sincere condolences. The three of you were her world and she was very proud of you and loved you very much.

  5. Dear Cindy, Tammy and Joel,
    I was very sad to see that your Mom had passed away. You all have my heartfelt condolences.
    I always enjoyed the time I spent helping Dorothy. She had a great laugh and a lot of spunk.
    She was so proud of the three of you and loved you very much. From the stories she told me about taking you girls on cross country vacations I learned what a brave single Mom she was. From all of the stories she shared and the talks we had she taught me much with her wisdom. The timeframe when I was helping her was a particularly rough time in my life. She helped me realize that with perseverance, courage and some gumption things have a way of turning around eventually. She was a wonderful woman and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know her.
    Michelle Heins

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