Viola Mary Stoddard Jones
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Nov. 14, 1912 – Nov. 17, 2012
Viola Mary Stoddard Jones, 100, passed away peacefully in Woodland on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, three days after celebrating her 100th birthday. She was born on Nov. 14, 1912, to Asa Aaron and Margaret Owen Stoddard, in Clinton, Utah. She spent her early years on the family farm in Burley, Idaho, along with her four brothers (Eugene, Aaron, Loren, and Bill) and cousin (Lola). In 1922, the family headed westward , eventually settling in Gridley in 1927. She graduated from Gridley High School in 1931.
After graduating from high school, Mary took a job as a secretary/bookkeeper at the local JCPenny store to help with the Stoddard family finances. In 1935, she married her high school sweetheart, Eugene M. Jones, moving to Woodland in 1938 where Eugene was hired as the industrial arts teacher at Woodland High School.
In the late 1940s, Mary again found it necessary to help with family finances. She started as a secretary at the State and Porter Theaters in the day, later being promoted to night managerial duties. In the early 1950s, she went to work as a social worker for the Yolo County Welfare Department and continued there until her retirement in 1977.
Mary enjoyed many interests and hobbies through years, especially enjoying her two daughters, 11 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. She was an excellent seamstress, sewing dresses for her two daughters and four granddaughters. Making Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for family and friends was especially gratifying for her. She loved square-dancing, ceramics, needlepoint, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, gardening, cooking, baking, and genealogy. In her later years she renewed her interest in the piano and purchased an organ, joining the Woodland Organ Club.
She has been very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding many positions as a teacher, chorister, and Relief Society president (twice). For more than 20 years she traveled to Sacramento to volunteer in the genealogical library of the LDS Church and volunteered another five years at the newly opened Woodland LDS genealogical library.
Mary is survived by her devoted family: daughters, Sharon (Don) Swain and Marilyn (Marvin) Camarena; 11 grandchildren, Anthony Camarena, James (Julie) Camarena, Christi (Garey) White, Jillian (Dustin) Camarena-Williams, Gary Swain, Lynette (Cory) Borup, David (Stephanie) Swain, Sheryl (Jay) Aguilar, Brian (Becky) Swain, Jonathan (Sharon), and Jeremy (Mindy) Swain; 26 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law (Helen Jo Stoddard); and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, parents, brothers, and grandson Michael Camarena.
A visitation will be held at McNary's Funeral Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland, from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, with internment at the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery in Gridley at a later date.
458 College Street Woodland, CA 95695
Published in Daily Democrat from Nov. 22 to Dec. 15, 2012