Jones, Carol Frazier
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passed away peacefully at home with family September 17th, 2013. She was born in Akron, Ohio in 1928, the firstborn of her beloved mother and father, Jewel and Harold Frazier. She spent her young life in Ohio and later moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where she was a dedicated tennis player, loved downhill skiing and being with her friends, many of whom she retained lifelong. She went on to the University of Michigan receiving a degree in psychology and minoring in math, the first in her family to receive a bachelor's diploma. Her time in Ann Arbor awakened a curiosity about the world that was never extinguished. She was an avid reader, great appreciator of the arts and world traveler even climbing the pyramids of Chichen-Itza on her 80th birthday. She took Russian language courses and traveled to Russia, learned Spanish while living in Mexico, and sailed through the Galapagos Islands. She eloped and was married in Hermosillo, Mexico in 1950 to Leslie T. Jones, they traveled East for law school eventually settling in their dearly loved city of San Francisco where they enjoyed their early married life together. Both had an interest in hiking and a passion for bird-watching which took them on many adventures. Carol was a lifelong member of the Audubon Society, able to identify birds by sight and sound. When Leslie took a position with Evans, Kitchel and Jenckes Law Firm they moved to Phoenix, Arizona where they raised three daughters. In Phoenix, Carol was very involved in her children's schooling and volunteering in the community, dedicating years to the Phoenix Art Museum League and other charitable organizations that were important to her. She was a successful business owner in the 1980s expanding her handcraft gift stores, Folkcraft, throughout Arizona and into southern California. She was a vibrant, energetic, creative woman of indomitable spirit whose loss is immensely felt by her family. She is survived by her three daughters, Monica Jones, Alison Jones with son-in-law Stephen Guerin, and Emily Jones, her cherished grandsons, Miles and Reed Guerin, her sister Alice Frazier, her nephew Andrew Frazier and wife Paola Carrillo Frazier, grandnephew Jacob and grandniece Addison and family friend of 42 years and loving caregiver, Armida Moreno. A memorial will be set for a later date.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 3, 2013