(July 18, 1947 – June 30, 2020)
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Linda Jones, of Hico, passed in peace on Tuesday, June 30, after a two year battle with colon cancer. She was 72 years old.
Linda is survived by: Loving Husband, Caretaker and Best Friend – David Jones, Her three amazing children and their loving partners – Scott & Krishna Jones, Jennifer Jones and Wes Lunsford, Michael & Jennifer Jones Delightful Grandchildren – Rilee, Dempsey, Braddock and Millie, Cherished Sister and her family – Shirley Dillon, Kelly Culver, Dereck & Priscilla Culver and Lyric
Linda was born in Dodge City, Kansas in 1947 to Ruben and Nora Schleining. From Dodge City to Fort Collins, to San Francisco she set out on her own, working as a beautician. She liked big teased hair and flashy eyes. She met the love of her life in San Francisco. David Jones was fresh out of the US Navy, but it was with Linda he began the adventure of a lifetime. Linda and David worked and played, journeying to Iowa and eventually settling in Texas. Together, they were not only dreamers; they were risk-takers. They pursued their dreams of owning their own businesses, and used their hands to build, craft and create things, which brought them much joy. Some of their endeavors include a waterbed store, a construction company, and the building of a horse breeding/training business from the ground up. For years Linda gave horseback riding lessons using great techniques to teach even the most novice horseman to feel accomplished. She was an artist who enjoyed working with antiques: re-conditioning pieces, searching for treasures, crafting and creating. Building her and David’s businesses around family and the things about which they were passionate was always a main goal of Linda’s. Together, she and David intentionally lived the way they wanted, always supporting each other and pursuing their dreams together. If you ever got the chance to meet her, you knew who she was, and she was amazing!
“If you spoke to Linda for more than two minutes, you knew I was the best person, dad, trainer and son in the World. Linda did not suffer fools, which was a paradox because she had a family full of them. In addition, hands down, not even a question –Linda’s favorite thing in the world was to have these fools all around her at the same time. During these visits, Rilee, Dempsey and Braddock made it their mission to personally maim all of Mom’s vehicles. Mom was quick to keep the kids in line but then quick to administer a hug. Mom is responsible for my kids liking gravy and the smell of coffee. Mom made the best Thanksgiving Day meals ever. Mom had strong opinions but always listened. Mom was thrifty but would over-tip a waiter. Mom would put on a tough exterior to a new person but once she knew you, you had no bigger supporter” – Scott Jones, son
“If you ever wanted to quit your job and open a business in a small town, you should make sure it’s close to your mommy. My Mom watched our store like any Momma bear would. She did what she thought needed to be done, which didn’t include pesky computer work. She sold what she wanted to sell, often making people buy things they didn’t even know they needed when they walked in. If there was an error you could bet in was in my favor. She decorated our inn with her beautiful craft and lit up our business with her sassy ways. It displeased her when people had the audacity to use the restroom without making a purchase; it was just bad manners on their part, she would say. She did what she loved and said what she thought. She loved us and backed us no matter what. She overly and embarrassingly bragged about us. She was real and amazing and we will miss her terribly.” – Jennifer Jones, daughter
“Amidst the crowd at the Thomas and Mack, I could always hear her cheers. No matter what we did, in her eyes we were the very best ever. Some of our best memories came from a cabin cruiser on Lake Travis that Mom and Dad traded two horses for. Other fun family toys came in the form of “Mother’s Day Gifts.” Mom liked to purchase things for the whole family to enjoy on Mother’s Day. She gave of herself to no end!” – Michael Jones, son
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
In lieu of flowers, the Jones family requests acts of kindness:
Take care of a family in need. Over-tip a random server in a big way.
Support the Lord’s Acre at the United Methodist Church in Hico. Donate to the Hico Volunteer Fire Dept. Buy something old and repurpose it. Get together with family.