Anita Jones (nee Rutherford)

February 11, 1928 – June 25, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Great Great Grandma Anita Jones at the age of 94 years. Waiting to hug her in heaven were her parents and siblings, her husband Henry, daughter Ann, daughter-in-law Louisa, sons-in-law Rodger and Wayne Sr., great granddaughter Ashley and grandson Wayne Jr.
Anita was born and raised in Nanaimo. She met her husband Henry and they were wed in St. Andrews United Church in 1945.
She is survived by her children, Marilyn Perry (Denis), Sandra Rose (Larry), Norm Jones (Linda), Pat Work, Wendie Salmon (Les) and Brian Jones (Claire).
Anita was a proud grandmother to Shane (Roxanne), Cheri (Will), Denise (Steve), Larry (Anita), Dean (Jennifer), Ray (Val), Brad (Melanie), Vanessa (Dave), Nancy (Gerald), Steven, Darren, Christie (Les).
She was also blessed to have many great grandchildren and in most recent years became a great great grandmother, which she lovingly boasted about to whoever would listen. She always had photos handy in her purse which she could share at a moment’s notice.
Anita spent her working years as a bookkeeper for many Nanaimo businesses and worked the business side of her husband’s garbage disposal company, H.T. Jones and Sons.
In her retirement years, she would hop in her motor home along with her dog and head up Island, visiting her children and grandchildren along the way. She was also fortunate enough to do some larger excursions – Disneyland with grandchildren, Hong Kong and Japan, cruising to name a few of the highlights.
Anita was an active member of the Bowen Park Seniors where she became known as the “Card Lady” always ensuring get-well cards were in the mail. She was a line dancer enthusiast, entertaining the masses. She loved to crochet and was a member of the crochet group.
She was always happy to provide a beautifully decorated birthday cake for their tea (courtesy of her talented granddaughter Christie). She was an avid knitter, knitting her grandchildren sweaters and toques.
One of her biggest joys was to work in her garden which by any standard was impressive! If she managed to get you into her garden for a tour, you were in for a treat. I always managed to go home with a bounty of fresh cut blooms and salad delights.
As life began to take on a slower pace, Gram enjoyed morning chats on the phone, outings in the car, visiting the beach, driving through her old neighbourhoods, facetiming and visits with her many Great and Great Great Grandchildren, a French vanilla coffee and 10 pk Timbit’s.
My Grandmother was a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman. She taught me resilience by example and I’m proud to say was feisty right until the end.
She will be fondly remembered by family and friends; this is only goodbye for now.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff, doctors and nurses at NRGH Emergency, 6th Floor and Palliative Care, the staff at Long Lake Chateau and Kiwanis Village. And last but definitely not the least my Aunt Pat (our angel on earth) who provided invaluable care to our Gram for many years.
There will be a family gathering at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to the charity of your choice. Obituary

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