My mother. I can’t say she’s resting now. For the last twenty years, she used a wheel chair most of the time, so I tend to think she’s hiking, or fishing, or bossing those Welch boys around on my great-grandpa’s farm. For sure she’s drinking root beer floats and watching M*A*S*H every evening.

Mary Ann Welch Jones was born on January 17, 1920 in Wayzata, Minnesota. She was the oldest and last surviving of seven children born to O’Glenn Andrew Welch and Florence Katherine Heidelberger Welch. After meeting Vince – Vincent Reed Jones – on a train during WWII, the pair married on June 29, 1944. During their sixty-three years together they had three children, Pamela Ann Jones Spence, Patricia Ann Jones, and Barbara Katherine Jones Tyner.

Mary and Vince lived in numerous locations during Vince’s career in the FBI until settling in Grand Junction, CO in 1952, and there they remained. Mary loved gardening, antiquing, exploring the back country of Colorado, and her hobby group, remaining active until her health prevented her from attending meetings. She loved playing Rummy and was thrilled to play the card game with her “Greats” as she called them. Every morning, she maneuvered her wheelchair over to look at their pictures on the coffee table before settling for the day in her blue rocker, and then reversing that process every night before bed. In her final days, her thoughts returned to her youth, fishing with her dad and sailing on Lake Minnetonka.

Mary departed this life in her home on September 20, 2018 at the grand age of 98 and will rest eternally next to her parents in her beloved Minnesota. She was pre-deceased by her daughter Pamela and her husband Vince. Mary is survived by two daughters, Patricia Jones and Barbara Tyner, four grandchildren, Andrew Spence, Eric Smith (Jamie), Laura Johnston (Price), and Erin Lohman (Matt), five great grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces, every one of whom she loved and cared about so very, very much.IMG_3877

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