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Colleen Jones


Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Colleen “Kay” Priscilla Jones, 76, passed away on April 30, 2012, with her family by her bedside. She was born June 15, 1935, in Lanesboro, Minnesota to Clarence and Pearl Hillestad who were of Norwegian descent.

Kay was active in high school with cheerleading, playing percussion in the high school band, and baton twirling. She graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1952 and married Gerald “Jere” Jones at the Little Brown Church in Iowa on October 9, 1954. Kay was primarily a homemaker but also provided administrative and accounting support to her husband’s businesses.

Her interests included family/friends, dancing, movies, picture puzzles and reading. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members and others. Kay was a joyful, non-judgemental lady who always found the positives in everyone she knew and anyone she met. Even in her last days, her sense of humor remained intact.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Pearl Hillestad; brother, Merlin “Jerry” Hillestad; and sister, Jean Berry.

Kay is survived by her husband of 57 years, Jere Jones; son, Jeff Jones and his wife, Kathie; two daughters, Kim Howe and Karla Schilling and her husband, Jeff; eight grandchildren, Amber Diesch and her husband, Anthony, Misty Foley and her husband, PJ, Mike Howe, Nicholas Schilling, Samantha Schilling, Mike Schooley and his wife, Hilary, Katherine Foley, and Lori Taylor; eight great-grandchildren, Leah Howe, Braden Foley, Holli Foley, Lauren Foley, Kacey Foley, Lanie Foley, Ava Diesch, and Aubrey Diesch; and two sisters, Chess Johnson and her husband, David and Laurie Horner and her husband, Bruce.

A Memorial Service was held Friday, May 4, 2012, at Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rad Milosavljevich officiating.

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