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JONES – Jo-Anne Melanie (nee Boyd)

September 26, 1953 – January 24, 2010

Jo-Anne Melanie Jones loving mother to Carrie Alissa, Catherine Lee and Cynthia Gayle, and devoted wife to Bruce Jones, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at the Foothills Hospital at the age of 56 years.

She was proud to be “Nan” to Raina Janay (8) and Nicholas Jacob (1), and mother-in-law to Peter Jones. She is survived by her father Jack Boyd, and her two sisters and brothers-in-law, Christine and Guy Buchanan and Karen and Grant Furnald. She was a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many. She will be missed with loving, warm memories.

After being diagnosed with Leukemia and Lymphoma in 2005, she fought the odds over and over again, and her strength kept us together. She was awaiting a life saving stem cell treatment scheduled for this March, however her battle was full of complications. Despite her best efforts, strength, and enduring love, her body could not cope with the infections she developed. She passed peacefully with a tearful family by her side.

Jo-Anne will be cremated and taken by family to Vancouver Island, her second home and a place of refuge.

A Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. She was adamant that her funeral be a celebration of her life, a time to remember fond memories, and to recall her story. The gathering of family and friends will be a time to share in all the joy that she brought to our lives. Forward condolences through

God saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb
so He closed your weary eyelids
and whispered “peace be thine”.

In living memory of Jo-Anne Jones, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Grant Buchanan :

    My aunt. My godmother. You were so tolerant when I was growing up and always treated me like your own child. I loved to make you laugh. I loved your cooking. I’m so glad I got to talk to you over Christmas. All my love to you, Uncle Bruce and Cyndy, Cathy and Carrie.


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  2. Marilee and Dave Paterson :

    We were high school classmates of Jo-Anne from Sir Winston Churchill High School. We remember her laugh and her smile. Our thoughts go out to her family. Very sorry to hear of her passing.

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  3. Karen and Gordon Forster :

    Our lives are richer for having known Jo-Anne, though only for a fairly short time. Her strength and positive attitude will always be a standard for us as we face our own challenges.

    Most sincere condolences to the family.

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  4. Jennifer Cottrell :

    Bruce, Carrie, Catherine & Cynthia:
    As I sit down to write this message I can’t help but think….Jo-Anne would know exactly what to say at this time. It would be something that would be soothing and loving to carry us all through this difficult time. To say she had a way with words is an understatement.
    Her beautiful blue eyes were truly the window into the brilliant light that shone inside. Those eyes welcomed all who knew her with open arms. Her smile would melt hearts.
    How very proud I am to say that she was my friend, one that I will miss more than I can ever express. She added so much to my life, it can’t possibly all be put into words.
    The hearts of all who knew her are very heavy indeed but I know for you, her family that she loves so much, she will shine her special light warmly, embrassing you always.
    My deepest sympathy
    Jennifer (jfatob)

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  5. Paulette and John Gurak :

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Bruce and with your family. We know how difficult it is to loose a loved one, but God gives us strength to carry on. Peace be with you all. Sincere condolences. John and Paulette

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  6. Delea Hennenfent :


    I just wanted to present my condolences to Jo-Anne’s family, I was an old friend of Jo-Anne and Judy Boyes in university days. We lost touch over the years when I moved from Calgary. I was very saddened by her premature passing. She had a lovely warm and caring personality and was always ready to share a laugh and listen to a friend.

    I will remember her fondly. My sincerest condolences to her family.

    Warm Regards Delea Hennenfent

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  7. Kamil & Brigita Zidek :

    Please accept our deepest sympathy .
    Kamil,Brigita & Camilla Zidek

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  8. Dear Bruce and family,

    I knew Jo-Anne from grades 7 through 12 and from having grown up on the same street. I knew her to be both kind and gracious and do not recall her speaking a harsh word to anyone.

    My sincere condolences to you all.
    Karin {Maschki} Watson

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  9. Jennifer and Fred Butterworth :

    Dear Family, We were friends from Sir Winston High School. We are so saddened to learn of Jo-Anne’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

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