Cleona Jones (1922 - 2015)

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Cleona Faye Jones
July 23, 1922 - July 1, 2015
Cleona Faye Jones, 92, of Wilder, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at a Homedale care center following a brief illness. Services will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Flahiff Funeral Chapel (27 E. Owyhee) in Homedale, Idaho. Interment will follow at Wilder Cemetery.
Faye was born July 23, 1922 in Ainsworth, Nebraska, the oldest child of John and Laura Zillig. The family moved to Homedale in June of 1936.
Faye attended Homedale High School and graduated in 1939. After graduating from Boise Business College, Faye traveled to Benicia, California where she worked at the Benicia arsenal. While living in California, she met and married Martin Teske. To that union, one child, Sharron Elaine was born. They were divorced in 1946.
She married Dean Jones in 1950 and to that union a son, John Edwin was born in 1951. In 1957, a daughter, Jana Janeen was born completing the family. Faye and Dean were married 52 years until Dean's passing in 2002. They lived on the Jones family dairy farm the entire time they were married. Faye was blessed and proud to be able to continue living on the farm until her recent move to the nursing home.
Faye worked at the Wilder Post Office for 30 plus years retiring in 1989. Faye also worked as a news correspondent for the Idaho Statesman, the News Tribune (now the Idaho Press Tribune), as well at the local newspapers in Wilder and Homedale. She became very active in the community collecting local news stories. The Statesman asked her to provide some pictures for her news stories which then started her love for photography. She later had her own photography business, Faye's Photos. After Dean retired, they shared the love of photography and took trips just to capture beautiful scenic pictures on film. Many of these pictures have become cherished family gifts that are proudly displayed in her family's homes. She was also a member of the Photographic Society of America and through this was very involved in judging pictures locally, nationally and internationally.
In addition to being involved with her children in activities such as 4H, FFA, various sports as well as Jobs Daughters, Faye also became an avid bowler. Faye was also a State Bowling Director and held numerous league offices. Faye continued to bowl well into her 80s.
Faye played a vital role in each member of her family's lives. Each one knew her and loved spending time with her. She hosted Christmas Eve for the family and their guests each of the last 64 years. There were at times 30 to 40 people who would not miss Christmas Eve at Grandma's. The farm house is very old and small, but she made sure there was always room for everyone and the mountains of Christmas gifts.
Faye is survived by her sister, Dorothy Teel of San Luis Obispo, CA, a sister-in-law, Cindy Zillig of Nampa, ID. Her daughters: Sharron (Steve) Hopkins of Maple Valley, WA; Jana (Melvin) Driskell of Wilder, ID; and son John Jones also of Wilder. Seven grandchildren: Paula (Ben) Tucker and her children Zack Hale and Alexandria Hale; Aimee Dines and her son Jayce Dines, Daniel Birmingham; Ryan Jones and his children Kari and Trevor Jones; John W. (Elena) Jones and their children Beatrice, Catherine and Samantha; Lindsay (Jeffrey) Renn and their children Paul and Jaxson; Frank Rumpel and Jarrod Driskell. She also has one great-great grandson, Caiden Reyes as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Princess, her beloved pet and companion for so many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dean, and brothers: Lloyd McLaughlin and Arthur Zillig. Condolences may be given at

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on July 5, 2015