Our beloved mother, Shirley Town Jones, was born in Moscow on July 13, 1916 at a cottage hospital, the Asprey, which was located just east of what is now Moscow High School. Her parents were Harry Oliver Town and Mable Claire Moore Town, who were living at “The Home Place” on Mountain View, built by her grandfather Albert Lucien Town , who had hauled the lumber from Lewiston by horse and wagon. She grew up in and around Moscow and attended several country schools, graduating from Moscow High (now the 1912 Building) in 1935.
She had a magical childhood, roaming freely all over Moscow Mountain on her horse Prince with her many cousins, having adventures she would never have allowed her own children. She lived through the Great Depression, but did not feel deprived, because “everybody was poor” and they had plenty to eat because of the farm.
Tragedies marred her teen and young adult years. When she was 13, her house burned down and the family barely escaped with their lives. They lost everything. When she was 16, the young man she expected to marry after high school was murdered while mining for gold on the Rogue River. Her father was killed in an accident in 1935, and she lost her 20-year-old brother (and only sibling) to a particularly virulent form of Multiple Sclerosis.
Marriage and children were much happier times for her. Our father, Cadwaladr (“Casey”) Jones was from Kentucky and came to Moscow with the Civilian Conservation Corps. He liked to tease Mom that she chased him down on her bicycle when they were both getting gas at a service station. They married September 5, 1936 and moved around for his employment. Their first child, Alan, was born in Moscow, but their second, Helen, was born in Spokane when Dad was working at Geiger Army Air Base, and their third, Darrell, was born in Coeur d’Alene, when Dad was at Farragut helping to turn the decommisioned Navy base into Farragut College. After that college folded, they moved back to Moscow to the small family farm and Dad went to work at WSU as the accountant for Food and Housing.
Mom was a homemaker in its truest sense. Her husband and children were her life’s focus. She took an active part in her children’s activities, helping them with 4-H and Scouts and often serving as one of the leaders.
She also had a life-long passion for horses and was able to have at least one horse most of her life. When we look at old photos, sometimes the people are not named, but the horses are ALWAYS named!
Dad died in 2003, but Mom continued to live on the same small farm. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to help an old person live out her last years as independently as possible. With the help of the village called Moscow, Mom was fortunate to be able to live alone in her own home until she was almost 98 years old. She had wonderful neighbors, the Berman-Pralls and the Marineaus, who watched over her. The Espy family frequently brought her meals, as did the Friendly Neighbors. Whenever she got too frisky and fell out of her wheelchair, the Moscow Volunteer Fire/Ambulance crew cheerfully responded, checked her out, and put her back in her chair. Rosauer’s delivered her groceries.
She was a life-long communicant of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and was regularly included, even when house-bound, enjoying home Holy Communion as brought by Eucharistic Visitors.
When she required more help, the home care aides from DAC and ANS became treasured friends. A group of many-year friends included her every Wednesday in a girls-night-out.
When her care became too complex, she moved to Good Samaritan, where she received loving care for the last ten months of her life, dying on November 4, 2014. She is survived by her two sons, Alan (wife Brenda) and Darrell (wife Katherine); her daughter, Helen Wootton; five grandchildren; eleven great- grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.
Her services will be at St. Mark’s on November 17th at 1:00 P.M. A reception will follow in the Church Fellowship Hall and a private burial will be at the Moscow Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome, but memorials may also be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church or to the Moscow Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Department.
There will be viewing at Short’s Funeral Chapel on Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 6:00 PM and on Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. each day.
Online condolences may also be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.