Mary “Lynn” Jones, 75, died peacefully in her Canby home just before midnight Feb. 2, surrounded by family. There was a funeral Mass at St. Philip Benizi Church in Oregon City.

Mrs. Jones was born to Andrew and Eleanor Kuta Aug. 18, 1944, in Southern California, the oldest of three siblings. She attended Catholic school in Downey, California. During high school, she was the captain of the drill team. She graduated in 1962 and soon after married James Jones. The couple had five children: Lori, Julie, Timothy, Thomas and James.

In 1979, their young family left Southern California for Oregon City. Mrs. Jones worked as a teacher’s assistant at Carus Elementary for more than 20 years.

In her retirement, Mrs. Jones enjoyed travel, notably France, Egypt, Italy, and Israel. Closer to home, she always looked forward to frequent trips to the Oregon Coast. She especially cherished yearly trips to the coast with the gals.

Mrs. Jones hosted family celebrations, birthdays, and holidays. A loving and protective mother, she helped and guided her children and also loved spending time with her 11 grandchildren. They all have wonderful memories with Grandma Lynn at the neighborhood pool in the summertime.

Mrs. Jones loved indulging in dark chocolate, which she shared with whoever was around. Lunch dates were guaranteed visits to a Mexican restaurant for mole chicken enchiladas and margaritas.

Mrs. Jones had a deep Catholic faith and instilled a devotion in all of her children. She loved her parish community and was always willing to help others. She attended weekly eucharistic adoration. She was a Disciple of Jesus and Mary, a Catholic Apostolate of Lay Faithful serving in ministry in the church and to those in need. She responded to this call deep within and grew in holiness. She was a shining light who faithfully lived her discipleship, serving her local parish and others. She also had a special devotion to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the rosary.

Mrs. Jones is survived by four children: Lori Morton, Julie King, Thomas Jones, and James Jones; her 11 grandchildren; a great-grandchild on the way; and her sisters, Nancy Kuta and Jeanie Kuta.

Mrs. Jones’s favorite color was purple. The family invited friends and community members to wear any shade of purple to the service.

Mrs. Jones was passionate and loving of children and babies, and advocated for them. If you find it in your heart, the Obria Medical Clinics (formerly Hope 360 Pregnancy Clinic) would be Mrs. Jones’s organization of choice for you to donate on her behalf.