Dortha Jones

12/04/1925 –


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  • Funeral Service
Date: 12/30/2019
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am
  • Graveside Service
Date: 12/30/2019
Time: 2:30 pm
 – 3:30 pm


Dortha (Fullerton) Jones passed away on December 24, 2019.  We will celebrate her life of 94 years at 10:00 am on Monday, December 30, 2019, followed by a time of fellowship with family and friends at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers in Lubbock, Texas.  Mrs. Jones’ graveside will follow later in the day at 1:30 p.m. MST at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Hobbs, New Mexico.  Friends are welcome to come or to share memories and expressions of sympathy for the family to cherish and view her life tribute at

Dortha was born on December 4, 1925, to Joel and Ethel Fullerton in Dora, New Mexico.  Dortha married Luther Jones on June 21, 1947 at Rock Chapel Baptist Church in Hobbs, New Mexico.

As the oldest of 9 children, she grew up taking care of others.  This continued throughout her life.  She had a real compassion for children, always cheered for the underdog and seldom spoke an unkind word.

Skills of homemaking were awesome.  There didn’t seem to be anything she couldn’t do and do well from sewing clothes, making drapes, upholstering furniture, cooking, cutting and styling hair.

She was our picture taker, scout leader, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher at Northside Baptist Church, money manager, bookkeeper, music lover, and line dancer.

She is survived by 3 children, Sandra Riddle of Hobbs, NM, Dennis Jones (Andy) of Springtown, TX and Retha House of Lubbock, TX, 4 grandchildren Kim Riddle, Kristi Owens (David), Dustin House (Kristi), and Daniel Jones (Jacque), 5 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter, 2 brothers, Melvin Fullerton (Nancy), and Thurman Fullerton (Sandra), and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Jones, parents Ed and Ethel Fullerton, 3 sisters, Joyce Wright, Latrell (Rash) Pittman, Wanda Kerley, 3 brothers, Buford Doyle Fullerton, J. E. Fullerton, and Winford Fullerton.



In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to NM Baptist Children’s Home in Portales, NM, P.O. Box 629, Portales, NM, 88130.


7 thoughts on “Dortha Jones”

  1. So sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a mother, grandmother. She will always be with you through your memories.

  2. Another branch of our family tree has broken off that once contributed directly to the health, beauty and happiness of our entire family. Finally after years of reducing our reliance upon her, she strengthens us now in only a spiritual way. I am indeed sorry I will no longer get a chance to personally visit and learn from her. She was a very special lady and I will always remember her. Dortha’s spirit lives on in many of our family members. I see her now marching, as she once did, with her sisters, Wanda (my mother), and Joyce in their own parade. It is up to us now to carry their love and spirit forward to our families.?

  3. She was “Dorthy” (not Dortha) to me. It was many years before I knew Dortha was her real name. Her’s was the first house on the way as we travelled from Saskatchewan, Canada back home to Texas/New Mexico at Christmas time. She had a special way of making us welcome, of course it helped that her and Luther had 3 kids the same age as us 3 Kerley kids. Anywhoo, we love and dearly miss ALL of our cousins, aunts, uncles, etc, etc very much, especially at times like this when we come together to celebrate a very dear one. Hmmm… just now seems like we’re travellin’ back from Hobbs to Canada. See ya later Dorthy and All, “Gotcha last, no touch back”. Much LOVE to ALL, Wade and Marj

  4. Kathy and Dude Kerley

    Like Wade, she was Dorthy to me. I have very fond memories of big “Fullerton” family dinners at her home on Cecil Street at Christmas, and sleeping on a pallet on her living room floor. Dorthy was a great cook and not afraid of experimenting with new foods, at least new to me. She gently took charge of the situation and always made us feel welcome. Her hospitality was timeless. Decades later, when Kathy, my wife and I were occasionally in Hobbs we always gravitated to Dorthy’s house for meals and a place to rest.

    Both Kathy and I will miss her dearly.

    Love to all, Kathy and Dude

  5. Lori Harrington White

    What a wonderful person she was, lots of sweet memories of her & Luther at Northside, so very dear to the Harrington family. Praying for all of you ❤️

  6. My fondest memories of Dorthy are how calming and loving she was with everyone. She will be missed and will always be in my heart.
    Love ,
    Virginia Stone

  7. It was a pleasure and honor to care for Miss Dortha! She will be greatly missed. She was definitely one of my ladies. Her and her across the hall neighbor. To this day I’ll always remember her bedtime routine. As well as when she helped me sneak up behind her daughter Retha.

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