Patricia Arlene Wilcox Jones, wife of John Taylor Jones, died at home, surrounded by loved ones, Wednesday, September 20. She was 82 years old. Pat and John were married 64 years. She is survived by her husband; five children: Mark (Cheryl), Barry (Sheri), Alice Hauser (Michael), Patrick (Loriann) James (Amberlyn); 35 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren.
Pat was born March 18, 1935 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the first child of Wilford Stearns and Leora Gore Wilcox. She had nine brothers and sisters and is survived by her brothers Wilford and Timothy and her sister Madeline. She graduated from West high school in 1953. She worked in executive secretarial roles. She was skilled in the handicrafts of sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilting. Our homes are filled with her creations. She founded and presided over the Jersey Shore Knitting Guild.
She came from a strong LDS ancestral background that contributed to her own deep faith in Jesus Christ. She had an abiding love of the Holy Scriptures, which she shared with her children. She had a particular love for the Book of Mormon. She lived a life of service ministering privately to individuals one on one, and as a leader in the Young Women and Children's organizations. A friend of hers was a friend for life. She touched many lives for good and is loved and remembered by many.
Pat and John met as cast members in a production of the Pirates of Penzance. They fell in love. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple September 15, 1953. They are an example of love and true devotion to their children and extended family. She was bright, sassy and positive. She had a warm and sometimes mischievous sense of humor. She loved long walks and Birkenstocks. She loved the ocean, the desert and cacti. She was always searching for the perfect, black scallop shell and yet another lighthouse. She loved mystery novels and old time radio shows. She loved dolls, hats and flowing, brightly colored dresses. She loved dogs and trains. She loved Elvis, Harry Belafonte and the New Christie Minstrels. She loved Broadway and the Classics. Now we love them, too.
She was kind and sensitive to our needs. She never got angry, but would sometimes get quiet. She had experienced inner hardship and sorrow at times in her life, but was forever outwardly the lodestar of our family. Where she now will go we seek to follow.
A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thousand Springs Ward (501 Main Street) in Buhl, Idaho. A time of viewing will be held between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m on Friday, September 22, 2017, at Farmer Funeral Chapel (130 9th Ave N.) in Buhl. Interment will take place at Bountiful City Cemetery in Bountiful, Utah.