Floy Jones (Goodwin) surrounded by her loving family, peacefully began her journey home to everlasting life March 16, 2014 at the age of 97. Floy was the beloved wife of the late Lyle Jones Sr. and devoted mother to Lyle (Susan) Jones Jr. and Bonnie (Jones) Lemke. She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Jennifer Jones, Jessica (Brian) Meyer, Brea (Isaac) Grace, Christopher (Lori) Jones, Shem (Katie) Lemke, Dr. Shayna Lemke (fiancé, Sergei Pavlov), Shad Lemke, Kasey (Kelly) Lemke. Adoring great grandchildren are Hannah, Matthew and Sam Meyer, Grace Jones, Shiloh Lemke, Sean, Millie, Kira Lemke, Nora Lemke, Innis and Adaryn Grace. Floy was preceeded in death by her sisters, Leila (Grover) Brandenburg, Catherine (Russell) Jones, Luella (Dennis) Perner; and brothers, Lloyd (Ruth) Goodwin, Everett (Margaret) Goodwin, and Harry Goodwin.
Floy Jones was born July 30, 1916 at home in Clarkfield, MN. When she was a child, the Goodwin family moved to Wausau and the family operated a granite quarry. Floy attended Wausau Senior High where she excelled on the swim team. Floy married Lyle Jones Sr. on August 29, 1940. She worked at the S.S. Kresge Store on the 400 block of downtown Wausau for 36-years. She was a store supervisor, advertising manager, and trained the new assistant managers. Floy and Lyle were Charter Members of St. Annes Parish.
The motto that Floy lived by was: "Help anyone that you can as you walk through life." Whenever she could, Floy was happy to lend that helping hand or an empathic ear to anyone in need, whether it was working at Kresges, being a Girl Scout leader and faithful pie maker for Fish Fries at St. Annes, a volunteer driver for St. Michael's School field trips, or a resident at Mt. View nursing home.
Floy was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed gardening, traveling, camping, kayaking until she was 92, and watching her grandkids play sports. Rain or shine "Grandma Jones" was there to cheer on the team. Floy was especially delighted by any opportunity to partake in the water exercise program at NCHC or play a friendly game of Yahtzee or cards. She often won, but made you feel good about losing.
Floy was able to bring happiness and a smile to any situation. She enjoyed playing practical jokes all throughout her life. She will be remembered by her quick wit and sense of humor but most of all her love of life.
When asked recently about words of advice she'd give her grandchildren. Floy shared, "Be kind to one another."
Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 700 W. Bridge St., Wausau.. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau, and again at the Church on Thursday from 9:30 until the time of Mass. Interment will be at Restlawn Cemetery.
Condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
The family would like to thank the many people who blessed mom's life; including those at Mount View nursing home and aquatic program, the clergy and Circle of Joy from St. Annes, the "angels" at Aspirus Hospital, and the wonderful Doctors: Peterson, Wilson, Oswald, Brebrick, and Bowler who were touched by mom's spirit for living and believed in her determination to overcome any health obstacle. Thank you and God Bless You.