Frances Jones, 77

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Frances Irene Jones, 77, of Mountain Home, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at the Life Care Center of Idaho.

Funeral services were at held Monday, Dec. 27, at Summers Funeral Homes, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery.

Frances was born May 30, 1927, in Gordon, Neb., to John and Emily Heeney.

She graduated from high school in 1945 from St. Martin's Academy in Sturgis, S.D., and attended St. John's McNamara School of Nursing in Rapid City, S.D., receiving her diploma in 1949. She worked there until the family moved to Nampa, Idaho, in 1952.

In June 1953, Frances received her Idaho Nursing Registration and began working in the obstetrics ward at Mercy Hospital in Nampa, Idaho.

On Jan. 5, 1959, Frances married George Y. Jones. She left nursing in June of that year and became a mother in December.

"Frances was a loving mother to her two daughters," her family said. Deborah was born in 1959 and Teresa was born in 1962. In 1990 she became a grandmother to her first grandson, Tyler, and in 1992, her second grandson, Dustin, was born. "She adored her grandchildren and they loved their grandma very much," her family said. "Even though she had already suffered many ailments and was not able to care for them like she would have loved to do, she spent as much time with them as possible and they will miss her.

"Although her memory was failing at the time of her death, she was very happy to learn that Terry was expecting twins."

Besides her love of her children and grandchildren, Frances loved to quote poetry, walk and garden. "She had a phenomenal memory for facts she learned throughout her life and until her illness, could have given any Jeopardy contestant a run for their money," her family said.

Frances is survived by: her husband, George; her daughters, Debbie and her husband, Mark Bennett, and Terry and her husband, Mehrdad Farahm; two grandchildren; her sisters ,Vi, Jean and Bernice, and their spouses, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father and sisters Patricia and Delores.