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
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