Obituary of Julia Jones
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of Julia Irene Jones on January 4, 2019. She passed peacefully surrounded by family.
Julia Irene Moore Jones was born July 6, 1924 in Shidler, Oklahoma, one of six children born to Olive Ellen Jones and James Marion Moore. She attended local Osage County schools, graduating from Shidler High School. After High School, she moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma where she worked for the phone company and met the love of her life, Calvin Jones, on a blind date. They were married at her parents’ house in Cleveland, Oklahoma on November 23, 1949 by her uncle, Ivan R. Wilson.
Julia Irene Jones shared a twin sister, Jewell Lorene Moore, and they both were known by their middle names. However, when she came to California at age 91, she elected to be known by her first name.
After marriage, Julia supported her husband in his Phillips Petroleum Company career, and reared two daughters. They moved with his career, living in Borger, Texas, Pasadena, Texas, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Bountiful, Utah in the US, as well as Ravenna, Italy, Brussels, Belgium, Vienna, Austria, and Sandnes, Norway on business assignments. As their daughters entered high school, Julia pursued a career first as secretary to the Director of Nurses, and then as a real estate agent. After retirement, they enjoyed life together in Nacogdoches, Texas, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and San Antonio, Texas. She was widowed in 2015 when she moved to the Bay Area of California to be near her daughter, Jan Holman, and family.
Julia enjoyed times with friends and family. She loved her iPad and regularly checked the internet for information and emailed friends. She loved jigsaw puzzles and playing games, particularly with regular Canasta partners Karen McGovern and Kathy Nichols. During the last six months, she shared an apartment with full-time caregivers Julia Kolvoord and Maria Go. She loved time spent with each, particularly with her granddaughter and namesake, Julia. Another granddaughter, Andrea, visited regularly from Sacramento, and she enjoyed visiting with other friends and family. She loved cheering on the Warriors basketball team with son-in-law Richard, sometimes slipping back to cheer her much-loved San Antonio Spurs.
Julia was a strong partner with her husband, loved and supported her family, and passed along her faith, tenacity, and independence. She is survived by daughters, Julia Ann and husband Shannon Anderson of San Antonio, Texas, and Jan and husband Richard Holman of Los Altos, California; and by grandchildren Shannon and wife Brittany Anderson of San Antonio, Texas, Rachael Anderson of San Antonio, Texas, Julia Ellen and husband Jay Kolvoord of Fair Oaks, California, Andrea Holman and John Neumiller of Antelope, California; and one great grandson, Caleb Holman. Richard’s sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Pete Prazza of Helper, Utah, shared a close bond with Julia and enjoyed many family gatherings together. She enjoyed relationships with many nieces and nephews, and particularly enjoyed visiting with niece Linda Moore from Corpus Christi, Texas.
Julia had great faith and most recently was a member of Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas. For local California friends and family, a Celebration of Life will be held at Los Gatos United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 16th at 3pm in the Fireside Room. Services are planned in San Antonio for Thursday, January 17, after which she will be interred with her husband, Calvin Jones, in the Fort Sam Houston Military Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.