Joy S. Jones, 87, of Washington, Utah, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2022, surrounded by her
Joy was born on June 19, 1935, to LeRoy Jay and Dorothy Sherwood Bailey in Riverside, CA. She
eventually ended up in Southern Utah where she attended Hurricane High School. After school she
worked for Milo Jones in his acrobatic act, “The Three Milos”. It was while she was working for Milo that
she met his brother, DeWitt. Joy and DeWitt fell in love and were married in the St. George Temple on
October 5, 1955, in St. George, Utah.
Joy loved music, musicals, and dance. She sang to her children every night. She sang on long car trips.
She sang around the campfire. She sang while doing chores. One of her favorite songs was the Primary
song “My Heavenly Father Loves Me.” Towards the end of her life, her daughter Susan would sing this
song to her, and she would try to mouth the words.
Joy and Dee were married for 50 years and successfully raised a family of seven children who have all
gone on to live happy and productive lives. Joy’s world revolved around her family. She was a dedicated
and loving mother, always willing to sacrifice and serve. Family was everything to her and she was
immensely proud of each of her children.
Joy was usually found serving and helping in the activities that her husband was involved in. Together
they spent many years working in Cub Scouting. They gardened together throughout their lives. Joy
bottled much of the produce that came out of their garden. She loved to create and sewed quite a bit.
She also taught her daughters crocheting and embroidery. She loved to go camping and spend time
outdoors with her family and loved ones. She also served many years in the temple on the cleaning crew
and was especially proud of being able to clean the many beautiful chandeliers.
Joy was proceeded in death by her parents and her eternal companion, DeWitt. She is survived by her
children Austin (Kathy) Jones of Preston, Idaho; Danetta (Warren) Harding of Orem, Utah; Mavin (Joan)
Jones of Monroe, Utah; Evan Jones of Central, Utah, JoDee (Weston) Harding of Lehi, Utah; Susan
(Wayne) Harding of Washington, Utah; Reuben Jones of Washington, Utah; 28 grandchildren, and 49
great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Dorothy Ann (John) Graham of Rialto, California.
Viewing: Sunday, June 26 th 6:00-7:30 at Hughes Mortuary
Extended Graveside Services: Monday, June 27 th 10:00 at the Washington City Cemetery
Arrangements are made under the direction of Hughes Mortuary, 1037 East 700 South, St George, Utah.