Joanne Jones PattersonvilleJoanne Jones (JoJo), 61, of Pattersonville, suddenly passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in Cooperstown, Joanne was the daughter of Irma (Mueller) Skellie and the late Rodney Skellie. After earning her nursing degree from Ellis Hospital School of Nursing, Joanne began her career at Ellis and a couple medical offices. She finally found her home as a school nurse for 26 years at Schalmont Central Schools until her retirement in 2012, but seemed to work more post-retirement, filling in when needed. Joanne was a member of Woestina Reformed Church and played an integral part in community and church out-reach programs. She was well-known throughout the community as someone who would help anyone in need. Her passion was children, with her care she touched many lives. Joanne also held onto tradition, including family dinners and gatherings, constantly keeping the family together. Her favorite place was her camp on Sacandaga Lake where she enjoyed kayaking, tennis, boating, and spending time with her favorite girls. She is survived by husband, Douglas W. Jones, whom she married in 1975; mother, Irma Skellie of Rotterdam Junction; her mother-in-law, Lenore Jones of Pattersonville; her son and daughter, Brian Jones (Anita) of Pattersonville and Cheryl Jones Carroll (Nick) of Morrisville, NC. She is also survived by her siblings, Barb Steenburgh (Craig) of Rotterdam Junction, Doug Skellie (Deb) of Spartansburg, SC and Dave Skellie (Deanna) of Mayfield; also survived by one granddaughter, Mia Addison Jones; as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides her father, Joanne was predeceased by her father-in-law, Richard Jones. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 29, 2013 at noon at Bond Funeral Home, Broadway and Guilderland Ave., Schenectady with a visitation prior, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Inurnment will be in Woestina Cemetery at a later date. Contributions in Joanne's name can be made to Schalmont Dollars For Scholars, 93 West Campbell Rd., PO Box 6119, Schenectady, NY 12306 or Woestina Reformed Church, 1397 Main Street, Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from June 27 to June 29, 2013