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Obituary: Neone Fitches Jones

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1914 ~ 2003

Neone Fitches Jones passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2003 at her home in Bountiful, Utah of causes related to her age.

Neone was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 6, 1914 to James W. and Vira Fitches. She spent much of her young life in Southern California, but came back to Salt Lake to graduate from high school and study music and the McCuen School of Music. She met her eternal sweetheart, Lewis M. Jones, at Zions National Park in the summer of 1937. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on April 18, 1938. After their marriage, Lew and Neone moved to California where they raised their family: Nancie Lou Greer, James Jones (Barbara), Marilyn Lund, and Kristine Fannin.

Wherever Neone lived she was very active in her church and community. She was a ward organist for 67 years (starting at age 11). When you walked in the church you could recognize her talent at the organ before you saw her smiling face. She had her own girls band in the 1930's and entertained all over Utah and Idaho. While raising her family in California, she was active in PTA, as well as the Women's Republican Party. Lew and Neone had a love of mankind.

When they returned to Utah 40 years ago they became very active in the community here as well. They provided Primary Children's Medical Center with the special procedures lab as well as over 35 years as a volunteer. The Utah Shakespeare Festival has the Randall Jones Theater, which was named after Lew's father. She also shared her gifts and time with the Utah Opera Festival, the Utah Symphony, California Utah Women's Association, Bountiful Literary Club, the National Kidney Foundation and many more. She took up tap dancing at the age of 80 so she could "entertain the old folks."

She was always actively serving others and a friend to all she met. Many were pleased to receive her birthday cards or birthday phone calls and Christmas cards from wherever her many travels took her.

Neone was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis, her parents, two brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her four children, 15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and her caregiver for the past four and a half years Brenda Schumacher. "Mom, we love you more than tongues can tell."

Funeral services will be Monday, September 8, 2003 at 1 p.m. at the Oak Hills Ward Chapel, 455 South 1200 East, Bountiful. Friends may call Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main, and Monday morning from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the church prior to services. Interment-Lakeview Cemetery.

Online guest book and direction map at www.russonmortuary.com.