Shirley A. Jones

Posted: Sunday, June 08, 2008

Juneau resident Shirley A. Jones died May 22, 2008, in her home. She was 72.

She was born Nov. 27, 1935, in Fargo, N.D., to Ralph J. and Alice P. (Anderson) Mader. She graduated from Charles Frances Adams High School in Clarkston, Wash., in 1953 and later attended college at Eastern Washington State College of Education (Eastern Washington University) in Cheney, Wash., where she met and married F. Clark Jones in 1955. After completion of Clark's education in 1974, they moved to Juneau where they finished raising their family.

Shirley worked as a foster parent, child advocate and parent coach. She also passionately served as a Parent Navigator for the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnostic Clinic, a team dedicated to the early identification, screening, diagnosis and service for individuals affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol.

"Shirley was never about Shirley. Shirley was about helping others," said one of her co-workers. "You never had to go looking for her; she would always be right there with you. You did not have to ask, she knew what was up and what was necessary. Even when you did not know what to do, she was there to help figure it out. What an individual, what a resource, what a terrific human being."

"Her strength and courage overcoming any and all of life's obstacles in the face of innumerable physical struggles, without complaint or despair, was and continues to be an inspiration to all who knew her," her family wrote. "She has touched countless lives and each one is better because of her. She will be missed beyond compare."

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; and sister, Alita White.

She is survived by her brothers, Curt Mader, of Salem, Ore., and Kris Mader and his wife, Shelley, of Spokane, Wash.; sons, Mark Jones, of Page, Idaho, and Craig Jones, of Juneau; daughters, Deniece Smith and her husband, Kirk, of Juneau, and Wendy Jones, of Palouse, Wash.; grandchildren, Brian, Janelle, Matt and Tessa Smith, of Juneau, and Lee Roach and Tuli and Eddie O'Neill, of Palouse; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, at the Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow in Smith Hall.

The family requests that any donations in her memory be directed to Juneau FASD Clinic, T&H/TFYS, Attention: Ric Iannolino, 320 W. Willoughby Ave., Suite 300, Juneau, AK 99801.

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