ANNA MARIA JONES (Albrecht)
December 28, 1928 – August 30, 2019
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our Mom, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great-Great Grandmother, Anna Maria Jones. She will be sadly missed by her loving family:
Daughter - Colleen (Jim) Anderson: (Tara (Martin), Mason, Evan); Ron.
Daughter - Judy (Neil) Halberg: (Candy (John) Tyler, Jacob (Paige), Albertina (Brett and Lily), Hallee (Tyler), Anna and Sophie), Steven (Rochelle) Bree-Anna (Stephen) Austin, Hailee), Dylan (Becky): Brooke): Casey and Charles.
Son - John (Myrna): (Kristin (Sydney and Deagan), Rylee (Jordon) Ruby, Macy, Jack), Logan (Katie).
Anna was predeceased by her husband of 50 years Ivan (Buck) Jones, a precious grandson that was taken to soon, James D. Anderson, a special son-in- law Harold Gwynn, her parents and all her siblings.
Anna was the 5th of seven children born to John and Albertina Albrecht on a farm just North of Lacombe. She took her schooling at Elkhorn School until Grade 8 at which time she moved to Lacombe to be House help. It was then she met the love of her life Ivan (Buck) Jones. The story goes that Mom would always find little things to order because my Dad worked for his Dad on the Dray, delivering groceries and whatever else. After a couple of years of courting he had his mom make him some heart shaped cookies, with cookies in hand he headed over to Anna’s place and he asked her to marry him. Keeping with the romance they were Wed on Feb.14 ,1948. Their life began in a little one-bedroom house across the tracks, we then moved up town, then they moved in about 1976 to the last place they finished there life out. Mom and Dad were married 50 years, when Dad passed away shortly after things were never the same for her. To this union 3 children were born, Colleen, Judy and John, we all had a different relationship with her.
Mom was a good organizer and Homemaker, we were brought up to help out and one of the things I am not sure if many understood is by working together it accomplished 2 things… time spent and making sure you had skills to independently make your way through life. Mom quietly kept things working. Mom was a brownie leader, taught Sunday school, worked at Kanngessiers and Leals Store. They owned the bottle depot and Mom ran it. She loved her outings, her clothing trips to Stettler, Banff, the clock at Kimberly was fascinating to her, and many more outings to numerous to mention.
My Dad had the larger than life personality and this showed in many ways but one particular one was with his grandson, Steve. Steve showed Dad how to get chocolates out of the box without opening it. My Mom was going to serve them for Dad's Birthday, she opened the box, and the look on her face was priceless. She was mad at the chocolate company, but Dad was laughing, then Steve, soon she caught on.
If you needed a hand Mom was always there, once she even used the microwave until she petrified the sausages. Mom liked the simple things, a long visit over a cup of tea, Saturday night was Fresh Bread and Cinnamon bun night. Once and only once My Mom went to watch John in the demolition Derby, we were yelling and cheering him on, then someone hit him and hard. WELL, that was it, she wanted Dad to do something, John could get hurt!!!, we laughed, then she was mad! She did go to watch his kids in the go cart races, but never him.
Our Sunday dinners went from Her Family to our family... they used to be important to Mom and Dad and we even made up occasions to cook a turkey, as long as we were together.
From making jello, Rice Crispy Squares, puzzles, and practicing times tables, to family road trips, she always made time for the grandkids. When you were sick, you got Lemon and Honey to drink or shared a cranberry juice with her. Christmas she always loved spending time with the families... seeing kids open presents was a highlight … snooping for Christmas presents was a highlight for some of us.. and leaves many stories to be told.... she was not a babysitter but Each of us had their special tradition with her, she would take a child or two for a haircut. In fact, some would not get there haircut without GRANDMA. From sleepovers, shopping, going to Co Op for that special goodies for lunch, you were usually alone and got treated like you were the only person who mattered in life. Her treasured toy room made everyone feel welcome and everyone had a pocket treat to go home with. Grandma was always there for us. She loved spending time with family and making memories Mom loved collecting nic nacs such as dolls, pins, teacups, spoons and the china cabinet that kept us intrigued to see what she had new in there, we all had to look. Her rides were important to her, and there was never enough ice cream ... or Oatmeal Raisin cookies
As my parents aged and the grandkids grew, the great occasions came along… it became Every 2nd Sunday was Family Dinners, the other was a Lucy Day, Monday evenings was Grandma Jones Popcorn night, Thursday was Grandma Jones going out for supper night, Friday was Shopping and Saturday was more shopping and Supper with Colleen and Jim. If I went anywhere with them, Mom made me a goody bag, because I was a smoker. Mom always said it was all mine, usually I was going to different appointments or errands.
After Dad passed Mom had a tough time and things changed but in her own way MOM, Grandma was able to show each of us how important we were to her and she loved us all. We may no longer be able to see her, but we will always have these special moments that we shared with her. She will always have a special place in our hearts. We love you and are so lucky to have had a MOM, Grandma as special as you.
A private family service was held for Anna.