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Joyce A. Jones

Mother of 3 daughters, court transcriber, active church and bell choir member

Claremont resident Joyce A. Jones died at home at age 78 on April 24, 2012 after a 21-month illness. 

“Our mom faced it with courage, a spirit of faith and a positive attitude,” shared her 3 daughters, Deborah, Gail and Karen. “Her smile was ever-present, which reflected her strong belief and trust in God. She was an inspiration to everyone she met.” 

Born on December 30, 1933 in Luray, Kansas to Everett and Amanda McKnight, Mrs. Jones and her family moved to California in 1942. In 1951, she married Robert L. Jones. She lived in California the rest of her life, residing in Claremont since 1972.

For 25 years, Mrs. Jones worked at home as a court transcriber.

She attended the First Baptist Church of Claremont and was active in the bell choir, Kids Klub, quilting group and other church activities. She enjoyed crafts, gardening and spending time with her family.  Singing and music were also a big part of her life. 

In a tribute to her mother, her daughter, Karen Jones, wrote the following poem, titled “My Mother’s Smile.”

Beautiful flower, full of light

Her smile lights up the darkest night

She shows her strength and endless faith

In all the daily steps she takes


In times of joy and those of trial

With courage, facing every mile

Her lovely light, above all else

Her love of God, denial of self


To all her smile is an inspiration

Her joy a cause for celebration

Her smile reflects her heart of trust

God gave this precious gift to us


We know His promises are true

Let her smile be a beacon of hope to you

If you should falter for awhile

Remember God's love in my mother's smile


Mrs. Jones is survived by her 3 daughters, Deborah Ann, Gail Paulette and Karen Diane; her granddaughter, Norah; her great-grandson, Bradin; and her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert L. Jones; and by her 3 sisters, June Leamon, Lois Brown and LaRita Karrer. 

Services were held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at the Pomona Cemetery, officiated by Pastor Richard Ketchum. A reception followed at the First Baptist Church of Claremont.

“We wish to thank all of our friends and church family for their prayers and offers of help and ongoing support during this time,” the Jones family expressed.




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