Updated: Fri 11:30 AM, Feb 09, 2018
Funeral Home: Demaray Funeral Service
Gooding - On February 6th, 2018 our Lord and Savior extended his hand and led our mother Mary Ann Jones to her eternal home. Mom was born to Frank and Helen West on February 8th, 1948 in South Side Pennsylvania. She spoke fondly on her childhood; playing games with the neighborhood children in the street, climbing down the street gutters for a lost ball, and always returning home when the street lights came on. She graduated from West Mifflin High School in 1966, and immediately entered the work force. She always talked about her job at Sears and Roebuck as a debt collector and loved “dressing up” daily and wearing fancy high heels.
Mom and Dad later met in Clarington Pennsylvania falling madly in love and marrying on October 29th, 1977. They made their home in Derry Pennsylvania and mom was fortunate enough to enter her new role as a stay at home mother. She was always there to play with us, teach us everything about life, and use the paddle when needed! We can say that she gave us the best childhood ever, giving us the unconditional love and nurturing every child deserves! Their three daughters: Lisa Renee, Georgeann Marie, and Amanda Dawn kept mom on her toes and busy daily.
The family relocated to Gooding Idaho in 1990 and created a permanent loving home here. As we grew older mom rejoined the work force finding her home at North Canyon Medical Center. She loved her job because she had some of the best co-workers ever! Mom never met a stranger and her job gave her the opportunity to interact with so many people in the community. Mom’s philosophy was talk to everyone because you may be the only person they speak to all day.
Mom loved to travel, and she especially loved the West Coast! She enjoyed several vacations on the beach making a lifetime of memories with her Grandchildren; from setting off illegal fireworks, burning out the bottom of the grill, crab fishing, or her annoying singing in the van, she left each person with something to smile about.
Her greatest joy came with her becoming a grandmother, her heart belonged to those 7 kids! Selena, Rosa, Paula, Carlos, Gavino, Cynthia, and Alisia know grandma loved them beyond measure! She would sing and “finger” dance to their music, give them a hearty “YO” or perform the double dab. She will always be near the kids guiding them and experiencing their successes in life.
Heaven surely had a party when she arrived as she had so many friends waiting for her. Passing before her and preparing for her was her mother and father (Helen and Frank West), her daughter Lisa Renee, and friends including: Carmen, Ray, Royce, Hula, Ruth and Duane. We take comfort knowing she is at peace and surrounded by love. She left her husband Paul, children Georgeann (Aldo) Garcia, Mandy (Vicente) Gaspar and grandchildren: Selena, Rosa, Paula, Carlos, Gavino, Cynthia, and Alisia. WE LOVE YOU MOM AND THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!
The family would like to thank MSTI, her NCMC family (especially the radiology department), Jay Blacksher, Dr. Lofgran, Dr. Hayes, Brad Mangum, Ian Kunz, Ben Burtenshaw, Gooding Family Physicians, and Idaho Home Health and Hospice. Your prayers, kindness and love are appreciated beyond words.
Her celebration of life will be Saturday February 10th at 3:00 p.m. at the Gooding Basque Center. Per mom’s request please don’t dress up or wear black, she wanted a party with no crying or she “will beat your ass!!” Please join us for her favorite foods, memory sharing, tears and laughter as we say goodbye to this amazing woman!
Condolences, memories and photos can be shared with the family by following the obituary link at www.demarayfuneralservice.com.