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Visitation and Services Saturday for Patricia A. Jones

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Patricia A. Jones (nee Lawson) of Chesterton, Indiana, peacefully passed away, surrounded by loved ones, on June 7, 2018 at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois at the age of 74.

Pat was born on Christmas Eve, 1943, the 10th of 11 children, to Gladys (Lawson) Fessler and Budd Lawson in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Allan Jones; her children and step-children, Heather (Greg) Ellis and Shelley (Dan) Ellis, Tony Jones, Tammy (Brian) Hardsock and Tina (Bob) Massey; her beloved grandchildren, Hunter Ellis, Jennifer (Andrew) Hendrix, Joseph Winterbotham, Cori Ellis, Jacob Ellis, Lauren Ellis, Brianna Hardsock, Tyler Hardsock, Carley (Kyle) Haske, and Quinten Jones; great grandchildren, Peytin Ellis and Finn Richardson. From Canada, her sisters Dorothy McClean; Betty Berg, Viola Wahlmund, and brother, Barry (Gloria) Lawson, along with her aunt, Inez Cumberland, many cousins, nieces and nephews; sisters in-law, Cheryl Sofran and Shelby Jones, of Pennsylvania; and her adorable fur babies, Abby and Boyd.

Predeceased by her parents; her daughter, Teresa; her son, Barry; three brothers and four sisters.

Pat was notorious for her infallible sense of humor and dry wit--never failing to crack a joke in the face of hardship. She enjoyed spending time with the love of her life, Al, along with family, friends, and canine kids. Pat was a devoted grandmother; she never missed a daily phone call with her grandson, Hunter, while providing a vital support system for all her grandchildren--even those living out of state. Although she would likely deny it, Pat was a skilled cook whose dishes had a way of making the people around her feel cared for. She enjoyed gardening, entertaining, and often hosted large family dinners, even as a way to celebrate her own birthdays. She was a fan of country music and a sports enthusiast, actively following tennis, football, and hockey. In her earlier years, Pat enjoyed traveling, camping, summer getaways at Magician Lake, dancing, along with playing billiards and horseshoes, both of which she excelled in and won many awards.

Pat took pride in her work ethic and was known as a very hard worker. She held several jobs over the years, ranging from a manager, bookkeeper, bartender, cleaning lady, factory worker, and even selling vacuums door to door. Her most rewarding job was that of being a head custodian at Brummitt Elementary School where she loved greeting and interacting with students on a daily basis. After 12 years at Brummitt, she retired at the age of 70. As a single mother of three daughters, her strength and determination were unmatched when it came to providing for her family. Pat would do whatever it took to put food on the table, clothes on their backs, and a roof over their heads--even if it meant working three jobs at a time. “Tough cookie” would be an understatement.

Pat was a selfless woman, always putting others before herself. All who knew her will undoubtedly miss her beautiful smile, unwavering support, and unconditional love. The life lessons she leaves behind as a Mother, Grandmother, and Wife will set an example for years to come.

Visitation will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Homes, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, Indiana, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a funeral service to directly follow at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Autism Speaks. Online condolences to the family may be made at


Posted 6/12/2018




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