Paula Jean Jones
1937 - 2013
of Tucson, passed away November 21, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Gillette, Wyoming, on August 8, 1937, to Ralph and Lela Gentle. Like her mother, Paula was one of three sisters who were always part of each others' lives. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Dennis Jones; her son, Jeffery, now living in San Francisco CA; her step-daughter, Gaye Dennis (Fred) of Seattle WA; her grandson, Aaron Munoz, and son-in-law, Joe Munoz, of Mesa AZ; her sister, Alberta Cullins of Tucson; her sister, Ruth Yauney of Portland OR; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Donald Eells; and her daughter, Donna (Eells) Munoz. Paula grew up in Sydney NE, where she graduated from high school. She graduated from Business College in Denver CO, where she worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and married Donald, who died in 1964, shortly after their daughter Donna was born. In 1966, she met and married Dennis Jones, who had lost his wife a year earlier. In 1967, the new family of Paula, Donna and Denise and his daughter, Gaye moved to Longmont CO, where their son Jeff was born in 1969. In 1978, the family moved to Tucson where Dennis worked for the new IBM plant and Paula worked for the DES/State of Arizona for 25 years, retiring in 2003. She also was a loyal volunteer for St. Mary's Hospital for several years. In 2009, she was diagnosed with COPD and struggled bravely and determinedly with it until her death. Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY & CEMETERY at 5801 E. Grant Road in Tucson. In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Gospel Rescue Mission of Tucson.