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Ethel J. Jones

July 15, 1919 February 23, 2019
Ethel J. Jones
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After a full and productive life, Ethel J. Jones, a devoted follower of Christ, passed into eternity on February 23, 2019. Ethel was born in Keytesville, Missouri on July 15, 1919, to Orvel and Emily Cavanah. When Ethel was very young, the Cavanahs moved to Montana so that Ethel’s father could take a job as foreman of a ranch in Wheat Basin near Columbus. After graduating from Columbus High School, Ethel entered nurse’s training at St. Vincent Hospital and became a registered nurse. She subsequently married prominent Billings attorney, Willis B. Jones, on July 3, 1942. Her wages as a nurse helped put Willis through law school.
Ethel and Willis eventually bought some acreage west of Billings and spent over 40 years making the home place a uniquely beautiful property. Ethel cultivated large gardens, raised all manner of livestock and pets, and loved her “country” life. Her crowning achievement was making life a wonder and an adventure for her grandchildren. There were banana splits, tea parties, checkerboard cakes, rainbow jello, strawberry shortcake, baking pies, cakes, and cookies, and pressing apple cider. Ethel had enormous drive and endurance and she put it all into making life fun and exciting for the grandchildren.
Ethel loved to travel as well. Willis and Ethel made a number of trips to foreign countries with the Fellowship Foundation sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Ethel had an unquenchable sense of humor that she displayed right up to the time of her passing. She was looking forward to heaven and her new life there, meeting her Savior face to face and once again being united with the husband that she missed and loved so much.
Ethel is survived by her two sons, Orville B. Jones (Anabel) and Blair Jones (RomaLee), eight grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Orvel, her sister Virginia, and her beloved husband, Willis Jones.
A celebration of Ethel’s life will take place on her birthday in July when she would have turned 100 years old.


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