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Obituary: Opal Swallow Jones

Opal Swallow Jones "Eternal Companions" Opal Swallow Jones, age 88, peacefully passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2005. The oldest of five children, Opal was born December 21, 1916 in Meadow, Utah to Thomas Charles Swallow and Vanda Duncan. Married her beloved husband of 53 years, A. Lynn Jones, November 28, 1938 in Salt Lake City, later solemnized in the Manti Temple July 12, 1963. Her generosity and love knew no bounds. Her sweet spirit will be dearly missed by all who knew her. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Opal served with unwavering faith and a heart full of charity. Most notable was her service in the Primary, serving eight years as Primary President followed by eight years as Stake Primary President and many more years as a teacher, dedicated visiting teacher, and Relief Society President. She and Lynn served in the Massachusetts Boston Mission 1983-84. Prior to her mission, she worked as the manager of the Books and Stationary Department at ZCMI Cottonwood. Opal's greatest mission however, and her life's work was her family. Always placing her family first, she devoted her life to her children and her beloved husband. Few couples ever know the bond of love and deep devotion that Opal and Lynn had for each other. Surely it was a glorious reunion. Opal is preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Thera Ross; and brother, Chad Swallow. She is survived by her brother, Grover (Brookie) Swallow; sister, Shirley Gotchy; sister-in-law, Norma Swallow; children, Gordon (Sharron) Jones, Murray, Utah; Mark (Karen) Jones, Murray, Utah; Janice (Larry) Pehrson, Sandy, Utah; Fred (Linda) Jones, Holladay, Utah; 21 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 16, 2005 at the Murray 3rd Ward, 160 E. 4600 South, Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State, and also from 10-10:45 a.m. on Friday, prior to services at the church. Interment Murray City Cemetery.