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In Memory of

Ruth Emmelene Jones

November 9, 1920 - November 24, 2016

Obituary


Ruth Emmelene Englund Jones , 96, died peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016. She was born in Denver CO on November 9, 1920, to Carl Victor and Mary Kringle Englund. She had 2 brothers, Jim and Richard.

In 1938, she graduated from Denver North HS with honors. Thinking to major in Chemistry, Ruth enrolled in CU Boulder. She graduated magna cum laude in 1942 with a degree in Home Ec & Nutrition, with an education minor. She was also a member of Chemistry and Education honorary fraternities.

Continuing her education, she attended...

Ruth Emmelene Englund Jones , 96, died peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016. She was born in Denver CO on November 9, 1920, to Carl Victor and Mary Kringle Englund. She had 2 brothers, Jim and Richard.

In 1938, she graduated from Denver North HS with honors. Thinking to major in Chemistry, Ruth enrolled in CU Boulder. She graduated magna cum laude in 1942 with a degree in Home Ec & Nutrition, with an education minor. She was also a member of Chemistry and Education honorary fraternities.

Continuing her education, she attended a combined program at the University of Iowa (now Drake) in a Dietetic Internship and Nutritional Biochemistry, earning an MS.

She enlisted in the Army and served as a 1st Lt Hospital Dietician in WWII Bar-le-Duc France, where wounded soldiers were treated. She enjoyed the comaraderie, and she had good memories and stories of being in the Army. Afterward, Ruth returned to Denver, working at Childrens Hospital and teaching chemistry to student nurses.

Ruth and Bob Jones had met 3 years earlier at Beth Eden Baptist Church. They were married in 1947. In 1950, Bob, Ruth and their first daughter Margi moved to Boulder. There Ruth taught Nutrition and Institutional Management at CU. A year later, Carolyn was born.

With a young family, Ruth and Bob started Jack & Jill Preschool in 1954 so she could earn an income and also be with her children at the same time. Within 2 years, there were 24 children enrolled, and Ruth had added 24 Early Childhood credits to her degrees.

The twins, Stan and Sue, were born in 1956. The family transferred from Highland Baptist Church and began attending Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church, which was within walking distance.

Ruth was the director of Jack & Jill Preschool for 45 years. She and her outstanding teachers taught 10,000 children. She was so well respected that she received the "Women Who Light Up The Community" award from the Chamber of Commerce in 1997.

Bob and Ruth could regularly be seen walking to Boulder Community Hospital for lunch. Throughout her adult life, Ruth ate a healthy diet and walked 1.5 miles per day. She was very resilient and healed rapidly from injuries and illness.

When Ruth and Bob retired in 1999, she wrote, "I have been blessed, and happy to have as friends so many fine children, teachers and parents that we have known here. I can't think of any kind of life that would have been more satisfying."

Since then, she has celebrated her favorite holiday, her birthday, with a group of her former Jack & Jill teachers, every year.

Ruth loved to be of service, so throughout her life she engaged in numerous volunteer activities. She was an election official, ESL tutor including at Doorways, and helped immigrants learn American ways.

She was an active member of Calvary Bible Church and became the longest serving childcare and MOPS volunteer there. She led Pioneer Girls for years, sang and played piano and guitar. She participated in Women to Women, and in Women's Bible Study Fellowship, a highlight for her.

Ruth was a voracious reader, mostly non-fiction, and she also read the Bible through many times.

Ruth loved words, the bigger the better, and word games like crossword puzzles and Scrabble. She'd write lists of the longest words or words containing all the vowels, or words that could be made from the letters of a larger word or group of words. She enjoyed puns, and could recite the alphabet backwards. For years, she learned a new word daily. She hoped to live to 100 so she could tell people she's a centenarian.

In 2008 Bob was having trouble on the stairs in their home, so they moved downtown to Presbyterian Manor senior apartments. It was a very positive move for both. They thrived in the company of such good people. Bob died in March 2009.

Last year when Ruth needed Memory Care, she moved to Morning Star Senior Living. The caregivers were wonderful to her, and she enjoyed the activities and ice cream. Even there, she would find ways to help the other residents.

The family thanks Tru Community Care Hospice for their thorough and supportive service. They were so kind to her, and remarked that she was a model patient. There is a bench with a plaque in her memory at the Kid's Fishing Pond on Boulder Creek, just east of 6th Street.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Mary Englund, her brothers James and Richard Englund, her husband Robert Jones, her daughter Carolyn Jones Eiler, and grandson Cory Palmer.

She is survived by her daughters Margi Jones and Sue Jones Palmer, son Stan (Joanna) Jones, grandson Luke Palmer, and sister-in-law Alice Englund.
Ruth was intelligent and strong, with an attitude of acceptance, who was able to gracefully adapt to changing circumstances. She was cheerful, clever, enjoyed helping people, and was loved by all. We will miss her caring, gentle spirit.

Visitation will be on Wednesday November 30, 4 - 7 p.m. at Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Pl, Boulder.

A funeral service will be on Thursday December 1, at 3 p.m., at Calvary Bible Church, 3245 Kalmia Ave, Boulder.

Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Boulder.

Arrangements under the direction of Crist Mortuary, Boulder, CO.