|Birth: ||Apr. 10, 1932|
|Death: ||Jul. 29, 2008|
Beloved wife and mother Eleanor Park Jones (Ellie) passed from this life to her eternal life on July 29, 2008 at Heritage Place Retirement Community in Bountiful, Utah. She leaves an enormous void in the hearts of her husband and family. Where she has brought such great joy and tenderness into our lives, there is now a deep feeling of loss and heartache for our temporary separation. She made our life heavenly here; it will truly be heaven to be with her again.
Ellie was born in 1932 to Richard E. and Willian Medora Park in Oak Park, Ill. She received her B.A. cum laude, in History at Grinnell College in Iowa where she was active in Mortar Board, women's league president, modeling, dance and drama. She did graduate work at Harvard University (Radcliffe) majoring in International Relations - and there she met William N. Jones (Bill), her future husband. They were married in 1955, and sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple by Elder Richard L. Evans. After two years living in Boston, she and Bill moved to Burbank, CA. Then they moved again, this time to Salt Lake City, UT.
In the first 10 years of their marriage, she and Bill had seven children which she nurtured with exceptional love and joy. In 1967, she and her husband, together with their seven children (ages 1 to 10 years old) were called to preside over the Uruguay-Paraguay Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). In preparation, Ellie spent two full months as a sister missionary at the Language Training Mission in Provo, UT to learn Spanish. She became remarkably fluent during her first mission to Uruguay, where she was advisor to the Relief Society, Young Women's and Primary organizations of the mission. Upon their return to Utah, Ellie decided to complete a Master's degree in Educational Counseling at the BYU, during which she received straight A grades. Meanwhile the family moved to Alpine, Utah for "country living". Ellie became a master at home-made ice cream (from the cream of the family milk cow); making beef jerky (from the family fatted calf); and making wonderful crab apple, potawatamee, plum and chokecherry jellies. In 1992, Ellie and Bill, now empty nesters, were called to preside over the Missionary Training Center in Mexico City. Again, Ellie's fluent Spanish served her and the missionaries well. Upon their release in 1995, she and Bill built a "retirement" home in the foothills of Bountiful, UT. Then they embarked upon a yearly summer study abroad program, first to Siena, Italy and then to Cambridge, England. Further plans were overruled by her increasing forgetfulness.
She is survived by her eternal sweetheart, William N. Jones; seven children, Allison (Craig Drew), Debora (Elder Craig Christensen), Nathaniel (Lana) Jones, Shawn (Chris) Jones, Heather (Paul) Lovell, Robin (R. Christopher Barden), and Matthew Jones; along with 27 grandchildren, seven great-grand-children and brother Wayne R. Park. She will be at home in heaven.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the Mueller Park 10th Ward Chapel, 1800 East Mueller Park Road (1800 South), Bountiful, UT. A Viewing will be held on Friday evening from 6- 8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main Street and on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Church prior to services.
Interment-Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Published in the Deseret News from 7/31/2008 - 8/1/2008.
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Jul 31, 2008
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