Barbara Jones

12/26/1935 - 08/18/2015 Obituary
Barbara Jones Obituary
Barabara ... what can we say? She was born December 26, 1935. That she died August 18, 2015, is a given. But is birth and death the sum of a life? By no means. First and foremost, she was a lover of Jesus Christ, placing her hope and faith in Him until the end.
She leaves her sweetheart of over 64 years, Tom Jones; and two children she greatly loved, supported, and helped to excel in life - Cathie (married to John) Putnam, and Parker Jones (married to Laurie). The pride and joy of her life was her four grandchildren: Neil (and Marti) Putnam, David Putnam, Carrie (and Justin) Griffin, and Christy (and Bryan) Arguello. These four have given her five beautiful great-grandchildren. She also leaves her beloved "little sister," Judith Anderson Brandt (and husband Torben); and sister-in-law, Sandra Anderson; along with nine nieces and nephews. She so wanted to live to see Christy and Bryan married ... God is good!
Barbara was a Jayhawk student from KU, marrying her high school and college love in 1956. They moved to Tripoli, Libya, in 1962 with their two small children while Tom worked for American oil companies. She participated as a school volunteer, Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, Little League scorekeeper and fundraiser, in Bible study groups, and Petroleum Wives Club. In 1972, the family moved to Bakersfield, where she continued her involvement in church and ... BRIDGE! She became a Gold Life Master after numerous bridge tournaments. Tom often told the family that Mom was busy at "work," meaning bridge! Since she had interrupted her college career with a young family, she found the time and passion to complete her degree at Cal State, Bakersfield, thus leaving an exemplary example for her children and grandchildren of the importance of education. Toward the end of Tom's career, they moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1987; and then to Lima, Peru, in 1989. They returned to Bakersfield in 1992. She loved basketball (especially KU) and baseball (go Cardinals!), her cabin in the mountains, and bridge trips with friends. Nana especially loved to play board and card games with family. We will miss your winning hands, Mom.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Happy Hill Farm, aka North Central Texas Academy ( http://www.northcentraltexasacademy.org/ ).
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 21, 2015
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