Reine Frances Jones

Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2010

Services will be held later this fall for Reine Frances (Stabell) Jones, 63, of Reedsport, Ore. Reine was born in Chicago on July 8, 1946 - the fourth child of Norman E. Stabell and Phyllis Lydia (Edghill) Stabell. Reine died on April 18, 2010 in Reedsport, her much-beloved hometown, after a long illness.

Reine was the granddaughter of immigrants from Holland, England and Norway, a fact in which she took great pride throughout her life. Reine was equally proud of being "a Stabell", of being first a Florida Girl, and later an Alaskan. Just before her fifth birthday, the family moved from Diamond Lake, Illinois to Daytona Beach, Fla.

Reine grew up on the beach, as the family owned and operated oceanfront motels in Daytona. Her childhood was filled with love from her parents and siblings and love for Florida. The family moved to Winter Park, Fla. at the end of Reine's sophomore year. Though she missed Daytona terribly, Reine made new friends in Winter Park and enjoyed her high school years there.

After graduation from high school in 1964, Reine attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where she met and fell in love with her future husband, Ervin Jones. Having been "just friends" for the first two years of college, they fell in love in the spring of 1966, and spent a truly magical summer quarter together. When Ervin left school in the fall to join the U.S. Navy, Reine abandoned her education plans, and they were married on September 25, 1966. While stationed in the Republic of the Philippines, Reine and Ervin were blessed with the birth of their son, Daniel Ervin, on Christmas Day, 1970. Danny was then, and for the rest of Reine's time on earth, "the joy of her life."

Reine and Ervin eventually returned to the Pacific Northwest, which they had discovered while in the Navy. After living in Seattle and Reedsport in the early 1970's, they settled in Juneau in 1976. Although initially reluctant to make the move to the far North, when the family had the opportunity to return to Oregon in 1982, it was Reine who made the call that they should stay in their new home of Juneau. Reine and her young family had come to love Alaska, and felt truly at home there. She loved the country and the people. They lived in Juneau for 21 years until Ervin retired in 1997. After fulfilling their long-held dream of traveling the United States in a motorhome for three years, they settled in Reedsport, buying the same home they had attempted to buy as a young couple in 1975.

In Reedsport, they enjoyed all the many blessings of life on the Oregon Coast, even as illness began to limit Reine's life activities. Reine never gave up on life, at the end planning how she and Ervin could continue to enjoy their life even from a wheelchair.

She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Ervin, her son Daniel, brother Richard N. Stabell, sister Rosemary (Mimi) Oster, her husband's brothers Tom, Dennis and David and their respective families, many nephews and nieces, grand nephews and nieces and her beautiful granddaughter, Raven.

Reine was an incredibly courageous young woman who will be forever missed and remembered by all who knew and loved her. May she finally rest in peace.

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