Judith “Judy” Jones, our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away surrounded by her family on September 1, 2018. In 1934, she was born in North Fork, Idaho on the Salmon River to her parents, John and Hester.
Judy’s family relocated to Boise when she was in junior high. She played the bass drum in junior high and the coronet in high school, and was elected class officer her sophomore and junior year. In her senior year of high school, she became a captain in the ROTC and began dating Dean Jones. She graduated from Boise High and married Dean the same year.
Together, Dean and Judy lived the American dream. They were economical, resourceful, and hard-working. While still in high school, Dean began janitorial work at Chester’s Artificial Limb and Brace; over a long and focused career, he worked his way up to becoming the owner of Brownfield’s Prosthetics and Orthotics. His achievements were made possible by Judy’s incredible dedication to their home and six children. Having helped to raise her four younger siblings, Judy had a clear vision for how her own children would be raised, and she fulfilled this task with unconditional love. A talented seamstress, Judy could fix anything with a needle and thread. She made all of her daughters’ clothing for many years, and once stayed up all night sewing a prom dress. She encouraged her children to form strong bonds with one another, and she and Dean ensured their childhoods were filled with wonderful memories. From riding horses through the fields, to drives to Sun Valley, to rodeos and 4-H projects at the fair, the Jones kids enjoyed an idyllic childhood.
Judy loved to crochet, read, decorate, and play bridge, but her legacy is the result of putting her family and friends above all else. She was notoriously generous and extremely proud of the unique personalities, accomplishments, kindheartedness, and good looks that she considered the hallmarks of the extended Jones family; in reality, each of these qualities can be traced back to her. As her children grew and started their own families, Judy ensured that quality family time remained a priority. She attended countless school plays, recitals, and soccer games, and planned frequent family get-togethers to keep everyone close. In 1993, she and Dean purchased property in Eagle (known as “The Ranch”) where their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and wealth of wonderful friends could swim, ride horses, and enjoy time together. In her later years, Judy defied all expectations (and City of Eagle building authorities) and built a house around a grain silo so that she could live comfortably at The Ranch while making herself available for all of the grandkid hugs possible.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Glen; and Dean, her husband of 58 years, to whom she was a patient and loving caregiver in his final years. Judy is survived by four siblings: Ralph (Martha) of Boise, John (Linda) of Lewiston, Joan of Boise, Richard of South Beach, Oregon and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by her six children: Becky (Eric) Waxman of Stony Brook, New York; Candy (Bill) Sinclair of Boise; Vicky (Kerby) Sudduth of Boise; Penne (Blair) Crook of Garden City; Barry (Trish) Jones of Eagle; and Piper (Colyn) Levandoske of Eagle. Her greatest joys were her 19 grandchildren and seven (going on nine) great-grandchildren.
Judy’s family would like to thank Dr. Robert Barresi and Dr. Mark Grajcar; Dr. Grajcar, we will always appreciate the loving care and attention you provided Judy in her final days! A huge thank you to 208 Home Care as well as Julie and Alicia at All Care Health Solutions for all of the wonderful support they provided Judy. Finally, a very special thanks to Piper for the patience, diligence, and incredible love she devoted to Grandma. The quality of life you ensured for her was above and beyond what anyone could have hoped for!
Please join us in a celebration of Judy’s life on September 22, 2018 from 4:30PM to 9:00PM at The Ranch on E. Beacon Light Rd, Eagle, ID. The celebration will be catered, but potluck desserts would be appreciated! Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/idahostatesman and click on “Submit an Entry” next to Judy’s name in order to share thoughts and memories of this beloved lady.
Hope House, an organization that provides a home for struggling children, was very close to Judy’s heart. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a Hope House donation in Judy’s name. Hope House may be reached at PO Box 550, Marsing, ID 83639-0550.