Date of Birth April 26, 1948
Date Deceased November 4, 2022
Hometown Avoca
Home State N.Y.


AVOCA – On November 4, Sandra L. (Rice) Jones of Avoca, was called by Jesus to go to her Heavenly home.  She passed peacefully surrounded by her family, after an extended illness.  Sandy was loved by all she met.  She has a buddly personality, infectious smile, flashing blue eyes, giant giving heart and joy for life.

She was an avid reader, enjoyed camping, travel, walking, square dancing, playing cards and dominos, craft fairs, and playing in the park with her grand & great grand kids.  She enjoyed the many winters spent in Florida.  Happiness is a kitchen full of family was her motto she lived by.

Sandy graduated from Mansfield, PA High School, Corning Community College, and Brockport University.  She was employed by Corning Community College until becoming office manager of Driver Dons Driving School in Avoca.

Sandy was happily married for 57 years to her best friend, Donald L. Jones (Driver Don) of Avoca.  In addition to Don, she is survived by her son Rick (Yvonne) Jones of Wellsburg; Debbi (Kevin) Ladd of Corning; and Mary Jo at home; Grandchildren Andrea, Dustin, and David (Tricia) of Elmira, Jessica (Brad) and Jennifer (Adam) of Virginia Beach, and Stephanie (Derek) of Corning; 11 great grandchildren: Jennifer, Imani, Lilly, Kaeden, Donovan, Mykell, Isabella, Zander, Annabelle, Maci, and Abigail; she also leaves behind siblings Brenda Finnerty , David Rice, and Cherly Hall, all of Pennsylvania; as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins, Aunts and Uncles; and furry baby Daisy Mae.

Sandy was pre-deceased by her parents Ed and Gwen Rice of Mansfield, PA; her in-laws Dave and Marjorie Jones of E. Smithfield, PA.

Sandy will be forever missed.  Her light will shine on forever in all those she touched over the years.   Her memory will go on for eternity.

There will be a Going Home Party later, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers contributions in her honor may be made to The Springwater Nazarene Church,  P.O. Box 116, Springwater, NY 14560, or at

Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all …. Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St., Avoca, is honored to assist Sandy’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Sandy are welcome in the comment section below or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.

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6 Responses

  1. I’m so glad that I got to see you and Don again four years ago. I can still see you bringing the children to the wrestling so many years ago. Rest In Peace Sandy!

  2. As a nephew of Sandy, I can vividly remember summers at her home, swimming in the pool and playing cards with the family. I will cherish those memories forever and forever. I’ll see you again Aunt Sandy
    David Rice Jr

  3. Sandra and Don are amazing people we played cards with them and chatted a lot , she always had a smile even when she wasn’t having a good day, I’m going to miss her so much until we meet again Sandra keep on smiling god has a great angle for sure

  4. Don and Mary
    Sandy will be missed by all your friends in Florida. Your family was always out walking the park with your sweet dog in her stroller. She was always so happy with all the beautiful jewelry you bought her. We were all glad you got to come to Florida for a short time last year. Hope to see you and Mary this winter.
    Sincerely Linda Buhl and Sam Hart Lot #180 Fiesta Groce

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