Mrs. Ann Mary
1928 – 2012
Mrs. Anne Mary Jones passed away at Heritage House extended care in Stettler on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the age of 84 years. Anne was born on April 10, 1928 to Peter and Emilia Petrussa. She was raised on the farm in the Big Valley-Byemoor area. Anne attended the Gopherhead School and completed grade 9. It was at that point that the Second World War had begun and the men had all gone off to war. Anne, her brothers John and Ernie and her sisters Lucy, Adeline and Elsie were left to tend to the farm and all of the hard work that had to be done. Anne and her brothers John and Ernie did the work of men pitching bundles, Haying, picking rocks and all things that could not go undone if the farm was to operate day to day. It was a trying time but they all persevered. Anne grew to love being outside on the farm and operating the combine was one of her favorite jobs especially when there were bumper crops. She spent countless hours in her garden growing vegetables and beautiful flowers and tending to the fruit trees. The flowers, trees and lawn were never anything less than perfect. She had attended church in Delia until the 1990’s when she moved to Stettler and was once again at the Christ-King Catholic Church where she had been married on November 26, of 1953 to John Jones. Anne loved her family and always had a special place in her heart for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to play cards especially cribbage and spent time playing with family and friends alike. Through-out the years Anne and her brother Ernie remained very close, she was a special lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Anne is survived by her three children Sheryle (Bob) Williams of San Diego, California, Mark (Julie) Jones and Miles (Lynne) Jones all of Byemoor, Alberta, eight grandchildren; Patti Whittman (Stuart McAlpine), Amanda (Brian) Spurgeon, Warren Jones (Lindsey Jennings), Dixie (Curtis) Zorn, Candace (Joey) Boxma, Carrie-Lyn (Lou) MacDougall, Adam (Paige) Jones and Justin Jones (Kristina Peters). Anne is also survived by eleven great-grandchildren Rylee, Arya-Lyn, Rowdy, Kyara, Charlene, Memphis, Holden, Aylah, Anya, Lucas and Ireland as well as brother Ernie Petrussa, sisters Lucy Steffler, Adeline (Charlie) Laisnez and Elsie Fodor, brother-in-law Cliff Jones and sister-in-law Margaret Jones, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Anne was predeceased by her parents Peter and Emilia Petrussa, husband John Jones, brothers John and his wife Irene Petrussa and Gino Petrussa. A Prayer Vigil Service was held at the Christ-King Catholic Church in Stettler on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. with the Mass of Christian Burial taking place at the Christ-King Catholic Church on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. Interment followed the mass in the Byemoor Cemetery. Family and friends then gathered at the Byemoor Community Hall where they enjoyed a beautiful lunch and shared their memories of Anne. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Anne, memorial contributions may be made to the Stettler Health Services Foundation – Heritage House, the Byemoor Cemetery or to the charity of your choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403.742.3315.
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