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Minda Rhea Martineau Jones passed away on January 12, 2022, in Nampa, Idaho, with family at her side. She was 90 years old. She was born on May 14, 1931. Minda is the 11th of 14 children born to Charles and Florence Martineau. She was married to Maurice Ivan Jones (Maury) for 65 years until his death in 2018. She is survived by her children: Janice Wilstead (Bob), Rondal Jones (Kaylene), Kyle Jones (Amy), Vearle Jones (Pam), Minda Bates (Brian), Melitza Lloyd (Steven), and Juleen Jones. Minda loved and enjoyed being with her large family, which included 40 grandchildren, 71 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her sisters: Teresa Russon (Stanford) and Hazel Allen (John).
Minda was born and raised in the Mormon Colonies in Mexico. After she graduated from high school her family moved to Mesa, Arizona. Minda came up to Mesa a few months ahead of her family and lived with her single sister Teresa, until her family arrived. The sisters enjoyed going to dances at the Mezona. Minda met Maury at a dance. They went to some dances, but never really dated. Maury went to serve in the Korean War. Minda and some friends moved to Salt Lake City. She attended a semester at the LDS Business College, but ended up just working. Minda was surprised when Maury showed up in SLC to see her because they hadn’t kept in touch. They got engaged during that visit and were married in the LDS Mesa Arizona Temple in November, 1952. They settled in Mesa and were residents the rest of their lives.
They had their first of seven children in 1953. Minda enjoyed motherhood. She was always up for an adventure or fun, especially with family. She enjoyed their cabin in Forest Lakes, AZ, where many memories were made. Regardless of how much her family grew, each Christmas Minda insisted on giving each member a gift so that they knew grandma and grandpa loved and knew them. She made many of the gifts. She was very talented at ceramics, crochet, tatting, quilting, and more. The greatest gifts she gave them were her time, love, and laughter.
Minda also loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and was a faithful member of the LDS Church her entire life. She taught her children about the Savior and his gospel. She served in many callings in the Church including President of the Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society organizations. She and Maury served as Directors of the Mesa Temple Youth Guides Program.
Through the way she lived Minda was an example of love, faith, dedication, and service. She leaves her family a legacy of unconditional love and laughter…
A viewing will be held Friday, January 28th, 2022, from 6-8 PM, and Saturday, January 29th, 2022, from 9-10 AM at the LDS Mesa Arizona Stake Center at 1050 S. Hobson in Mesa. Funeral services will be 10 AM Friday, January 29th, at the same location. Minda will be buried with Maury at the Mesa City Cemetery.
The link for the funeral is: https://www.YouTube.com/channel/UCAvi-QYpba4f-Dm58zHC8Mg/live