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Obituary: Jones, Velma Lavern (Elliott)

Thu., Nov. 28, 2013

JONES, Velma Lavern (Elliott) (Age 86) Lavern was born in Colfax, Washington on April 21, 1927 to Ellen (Hamilton) and John C. Elliott.

She graduated from Palouse High School and worked as a telephone operator in Moscow, ID before moving to Pullman, WA for the same job.

It was here that she met Arthur Jones while he was going to school at WSC.

They met in 1946 and were married on April 18, 1948.

Their first son, Terry Bruce was born on August 26, 1949, daughter Linda on September 26, 1950, and a second son, W. Wayne on October 4, 1953.

She is also survived by two brothers, Francis Marion (Bud) and Billie John Elliott, and a sister, Norma Jean Horne.

She followed her husband to work at Spokane VA Medical Center for a couple of years and then became a store security officer at Value-Mart, which is now known as Fred Meyers where she worked for about five years.

All of this while doing the most of the raising of three children.

She was a most wonderful mother and a very congenial person, doing everything necessary to keep the house in good order.

After eleven moves they finally built their own home in 1955 in the Indian Canyon area of Spokane where family still resides.

Her favorite hobbies were crocheting and reading.

She became rather adept at carving walking sticks during their travels in later years.

She also had a great love for plants and flowers.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Spokane.

A Graveside Service will be Friday, November 29 at 1:00 pm at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, 211 N. Government Way.


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