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MARY ELIZABETH JONES RASMUSSEN Age 92, born October 3, 1920, passed away March 9, 2013. Mary was born in Yakima, Washington to Edward Stinson Jones and Edith Otis Jones. She is survived by her sister Eleanor Smith; four children; nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Mary grew up in Long Beach, California, graduated from Wilson High School and attended Graceland College. In 1944 she joined the army and and as a WAC was stationed in Atlantic City, New Jersey where she met and married Joseph Rasmussen in April, 1945. The 62 years of their marriage provided a strong, loving foundation for their family. Mary embraced Joe's Norwegian heritage with trips to Norway and for many years they participated in the Sons of Norway. Mary and Joe loved to travel, taking trips to Europe, Scandinavia, South America and almost all of the US states. Mary's love for her husband and family was only rivaled by her love of music. Early in her life she took violin lessons and later taught herself how to play the piano. Her scrapbooks of time in the army include Thanksgiving and Christmas programs where Mary was a part of a quartet that sang at these events. She carried this love for music throughout her life as choir director for the Lakewood Community of Christ Congregation and as an accompanist for the choir. She moved to Banning, California where she directed the tenors and basses for the Sun Lakes Chorale and led the music at the Hemet Community of Christ Church. Listening, creating or participating in music was a true joy in her life. Even at the very end of her life, her love of music was an essence, a part of her. Memorial Services will be held in Redmond, Oregon on April 6, 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jericho Road organization in Redmond, Oregon: jerichoroad.yolasite.com, P.O. Box 1689, Redmond, OR 97756.

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Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 29, 2013
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