Patricia Ruth Jones, 83, died Monday August 27, 2018 at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville.
Pat was born in Monmouth, Illinois in 1935 to Curdelia Olive and Thomas Franklin Moore, the youngest of seven children. As a minister's daughter, Pat moved frequently with her family to new locales to support her Dad to pastor and serve, and used her talents as a faithful Sunday School teacher, honoring the Lord by singing in trio and quartet groups as well as performing solos, and playing multiple instruments, including the piano, organ, accordion, and vibraharp. She was always serving and loving others.
In 1960, she met her future husband, Paul Jones, in Deland, Florida. They married on December 26th of that year, and she began her new career as a military wife. In March 1962, Pat and Paul had one daughter, Joyce. Pat was well familiar with moving often, so enjoyed moving to Denver, Colorado, where Paul was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base. She was a steadfast and loving wife exemplifying fortitude and faith while Paul served in Vietnam. They were later transferred to many other bases, including Loring Air Force Base, Maine; Upper Heyford, England; Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois; and Clovis, New Mexico, alternating each assignment back in Denver. During the years while her husband was active duty, Pat worked primarily as a Civil Servant in a variety of fields, including chapel secretary, human resources, administration, and medical credentialing for military reserve health care professionals. She also served as an after-hours Red Cross representative, helping those in crisis with resources and support. Her dedication and devotion to duty earned numerous awards and accolades, including the Commander's Award for Civilian Service, sustained superior performance awards, quality step increases, and the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.
Pat survived the death of her husband in 2003 after nearly 42 years of marriage and was a breast cancer survivor that same year. Pat's faith and trust in Jesus, along with her quiet wisdom and a dose of laughter, got her through many trials. However, she never lost the wit, gentle elegance or grace for which she was known in her 83 years of life with us. She was blessed with dearly loved friends, many of whom who have preceded her to glory.
In 2014, Pat relocated with her family from Colorado to Florida. She deeply loved her church family, Pastor and Sandra Linkous, as well as all of the pastors of New Life Christian Fellowship. Their love and support to her family have truly been remarkable.
Pat loves her family dearly and exemplified all the best qualities of a caring and loving mother. She and her daughter - blessed to be best friends - were always together. Always a great animal lover due to her compassionate nature, she had at least two, and sometimes more, four-legged companions to love and cherish at a time. She had such a nurturing and peaceful presence that all whom she loved always sought to be with her.
Through all of the challenges of her life, Pat has been a tremendous champion for the Lord. Her exceedingly strong faith and testimony of the goodness of God has shone to everyone with whom she has known and she has won many to faith in Christ. Her legacy leaves an enduring model to emulate of strength of character, faithfulness, kindness, generosity, selflessness, and sweetness of spirit that demonstrate her love for, and likeness of, her Savior. She has been the most loving and compassionate mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, and has ceaselessly modeled a genuine relationship with Jesus to all. She always took the time to listen and give great wisdom and understanding. As she lays down her earthly wardrobe of beautiful clothes she so enjoyed and picks up her new white robes custom-made specially for her, she at last has the restoration and wholeness of her new life in Christ Jesus and is experiencing never-ending joy with her heavenly family. She is deeply loved and greatly missed; but this is just a short separation for those who also know her Lord. She has lived and fought the good fight, and triumphed in victory. "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)
Pat is survived by her daughter, Joyce Koyama, and her son-in-law Lonnie; grandchildren Rebecca, Isabel and Benjamin; nieces and nephews, Rickey, Michelle, Phyllis,Brenda, Randy, Billy, and Linda; Paul Thomas; Janet, Gloria, Charlene, Bill, Dennis, and Gary; Larry; sisters-in-law Iris Clay, Irma Jean Carwile, Virginia Moore, and her cousin Annetta Bentley.
Services will be at New Life Christian Fellowship. Patricia will be buried with her husband Paul at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.