Amelia 'Amy' Jones


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Posted Online: Dec. 13, 2012, 6:17 pm
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Amelia "Amy" Jones, a resident of Rock Island, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at home.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, with a home-going service immediately following at the funeral home. In keeping with her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Private family burial will take place at a later date.
Amy was born Sept. 11, 1923, in County Down, Northern Ireland, to William and Sarah Turkington Dawson. She married Alfred H. "Al" Jones on March 14, 1945. Along with her husband and daughter, Ethel, Amy immigrated to the United States in September of 1953, sailing aboard the S.S. America ocean liner.
Although she never worked outside the home in a "9 to 5" environment, she did housecleaning for a number of families through the years. Without exception, she came to be much more than a housekeeper to each of her employers. She had a great deal of affection for all the families for whom she worked and that affection was returned to her in abundance.
Amy was blessed with the gift of hospitality. No one could ever leave her home without being offered a "a wee bite to eat" and a cup of tea. Her generosity knew no bounds. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her outgoing personality and delightful Irish brogue drew folks in...even strangers she would meet along her way. Deteriorating health prevented her from attending church the last few years, but she loved her church family at the Rock Island First Church of the Nazarene and spoke of them often.
Memorials may be made to Rock Island First Church of the Nazarene or Trinity Pathway Hospice.
Those left to honor her memory are daughter, Ethel (Chip) Hesler, Coal Valley; grandchildren, Tracey Garcia, Rock Island, Durk (Jennifer) Garcia, Machesney Park, Ill.; great-granddaughters, Emma and Emilia Garcia; brother, William (Ruth) Dawson, West Palm Beach, Fla.; several nieces and nephews on both sides of the Atlantic; and her dearest friend, Loah Finks.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; an infant son; brother, Tommy; sisters, Molly and Pat.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.wheelanpressly.com.














 



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