BURLINGTON - Our beautiful mom, Nana, sister, aunt, and friend, Audrey Leonard Jones, age 79, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday morning, May 11, 2013. Audrey was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a little over two years ago. She was an inspiration to all of us as she bravely fought the disease with determination, dignity and grace.
Born in Guilford County, on April 13, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Charles Allen Leonard Sr., and Gladys L. Hensley. She was preceded in death by several half brothers and sisters. Audrey is survived by her husband of 60 years, Louis W. Jones Sr.; daughter, Pamela J. Jones (Doug), of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter, Connie Jones Schor (David), of Burlington; son, Louis West Jones Jr. (Hope) from Ravenel, S.C.; three grandchildren, Bradley C. Jones (Elizabeth), Amanda Tillotson (Blake) and Matthew Markey; and great-grandson, Brantley Lane Tillotson; brother, Charles A. Leonard Jr. (Martha); sister, Gayle McMasters (Duane); and half-sister, Sarah Moore, of Irvine, Calif.
Audrey graduated from Walter M. Williams High School in 1952. Upon graduation, she was employed by Western Electric until her first child was born. Once her three children were grown, she joined the workforce again and was employed at Vocational Rehabilitation of Alamance County. Mostly, she treasured the time she spent at home raising her children. Working in her garden always brought her joy, and in the past few years she spent many mornings walking at the mall or exercising at the "Y" as she knew staying fit would help keep her going.
Graveside rites will be held at St. Mark's Church cemetery on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. At other times, the family will be at the residence, or you may offer condolences online at www.richandthompson.com
In lieu of flowers, Audrey specifically requested that donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell (918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington) in appreciation of the compassionate care provided to mom during the past few months of her illness or to The Johns Hopkins University Medical Center (410 North Broadway, Weinberg 2242, Baltimore, MD 21231-2410) to support their research in finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.