Donna Colleen (Jones) Flood, 86, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, was called to her eternal resting place on November 27, 2023 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She entered this world on May 31, 1937 in Pawnee, Oklahoma born to Lee Otis and Velma (Pensoneau) Jones.
Donna was a published author and had 3 books published and was in the process of having her fourth book published at the time of her passing. Her first passion and devotion was for her family, she was a homemaker all her life while caring for her quadriplegic daughter of the home for 64 years. When Rhonda was born, they told her to institutionalize her and forget her and she refused. Her husband, Rodney Lee Flood stood by her faithfully until his Alzheimer’s took him 8 years ago, he was cared for in the home lovingly by her and her daughter Kay and granddaughter Elizebeth all but 3 weeks of his life. Donna was an accomplished artist with thousands of pieces of work displaced all over the nation. She also created one of the murals that is displayed at the Federal Post Office in Ponca City. Donna planned and held many art exhibits shown around the country and taught art for many years. She loved creating many works of art including painting, sewing, canning, and gardening. Her property is listed on the National Registry as a bird and butterfly sanctuary because of the many variations of fruit trees, flowers, and herbs. She was an herbalist and didn’t believe in tradi traditional western medicine. She had a passion for sewing and made many quilts and blankets for many families and her children and grandbabies, as well as traditional Ponca Indian Tribal regalia. Donna had a love for people and would help anyone she could, even if they were a stranger to her. She was an elder member of the Ponca Tribe descendent of Elizabeth Littlecook Pensoneau Hernandez and also a descendant of the Shawnee Tribe of Narcisis Pensoneau. Donna was pivotal in many areas including reform for handicap accessible buildings, helping to build and participate in the Chilocco Indian School Alumni as a historian for the preservation of the Chilocco Indian School where she attended school from 10th-12th grade where she made many lifelong friends that she cherished. She also worked very hard at building her and Rodney’s family trees through countless hours of research before the World Wide Web was a thing.
With as busy as she was, Donna's favorite and most cherished moments was spending time with her family who she loved deeply, she was an excellent caretaker for her children and had a love for them that would surpass most. Donna was also a devout and very faithful Jehovah's Witness, I’m sure you got a letter (snicker).
Those left behind to cherish Donna's memory are her daughters: Kay Bojorquez and Rhonda Flood; son, Mark Joseph Flood and Christi Stephenson; brother, Daniel Clark Jones; sister, Esther Inez Jones Epperson; grandchildren: Elizabeth Lee Anne Bojorquez, Bryce Donovan Bojorquez, John Ross Flood and fiancé Paige Lauren McHenry, Anna Marie Flood, Magen Marie Besen, and Alisha Alvey Flood Ward; great-grandchild, Beckham Lee Michael Bojorquez Turgeau, Maia Raye McHenry, Kambri Parker, Marcelle Taylor, Cainaan Taylor, Clayton Delano, and Levi Ward. She also leaves behind Kathey Flood, and numerous nieces, nephews, sisters, and brothers through the Ponca Tribe.
She was preceded in death by her husband Rodney Flood; parents, Lee and Velma Jones; brothers: Dennis Michael Jones, Alvin Lee Jones, Arnold Jones, Paul Jones, and Anthony Jones Rodriguez.
Traditional feast will be held at the Carolynn Renfro center 1:30 p.m Saturday, December 2, 2023