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Obituary: Carmen Linda Hymas Jones

Carmen Linda Hymas Jones 1939 ~ 2005 Carmen Jones, a most beautiful woman, with the greatest courage, endurance, and absolute strength you could imagine, passed away Thursday Nov. 10, 2005 in Concord, CA. She left behind her loving, devoted husband, Clifford T. "Ted" Jones; three children, Kelli Orr Lundgren, Greg Orr (Elyse), and Troy Orr (Alisa), all living in Salt Lake City and all who loved her very much; nine grandchildren whom she adored; and two great-grandchildren. Carmen is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born December 4, 1939 to Jesse Pratt Hymas and Lamona Bills Hymas, Carmen grew up in Heyburn, Idaho living a wonderful childhood with the Snake River as her backyard. She spent her life excelling at all she did. She particularly loved performing. Whether it was acting, directing, debate, writing poems and music, or public speaking, she loved the arts. She earned a Speech Communication degree from Chabot College, Hayward, California, and while a student, earned a national title for public speaking and a scholarship to U of C Berkeley. Carmen also experienced many leadership positions including sales, employment recruiting, and modeling agency management. Carmen was "Nanny" to her grandchildren, and "Nanny Jones" to many, many other children as she performed for them the most elaborate puppet shows. Children loved Nanny Jones. But her most satisfying reward in life was her love for her family. Enduring many health issues over several years, Carmen never gave up, she never gave in. Carmen and Ted were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in 1978. Preceded in death by her parents; Carmen is survived by her husband, children, and grandchildren; ex-hus-band, Robert Orr; brother, Gene Hymas; sisters, Juanita Williams and Summer Brown; and many extended family and close friends. Funeral and graveside services will be held Saturday, November 19, 2005 beginning 12 noon at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary Chapel, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah 84092, (801) 571-2771. Family and friends are welcome to attend a viewing from 11 a.m.-12 noon preceding the service. "Did they know they'd be loved So intensely by their mother's heart? Knowing, but not believing There'd be a day they'd have to part." - Carmen Jones