DOREEN (KOZUB) JONES
January 24, 1932 – March 22, 2015
Vernon has lost a tireless community volunteer with the peaceful passing on Sunday, March 22 of Doreen Jones; her family has lost a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Doreen was born in Springside, Sask., the second child and only daughter of Nick and Polly Kozub. There was no shortage of brothers at the dinner table: George, Bill, Mike, Ted and John.
When she was still a toddler, the family moved to Armstrong — where she started school — and then, a few years later, to Vernon. After graduating from Vernon High School, Doreen went directly to Normal School in Victoria, after which she accepted a teaching position at a one-room schoolhouse at Cahilty Creek in the Upper Louis Creek Valley.
She was there less than a month when she met the love of her life, a young B.C. Power Commission employee by the name of Paul Jones. Doreen taught the full term at Cahilty Creek, and then went back to Victoria for summer school. On May 1, 1950, Paul transferred to Needles on Lower Arrow Lake and Doreen followed in the fall to teach at Fauquier.
Paul and Doreen were married in Vernon on Christmas Eve, 1951. In 1958, they and their two children, Stephen and Sydney, moved to Vernon where Paul and Doreen have lived ever since.
During the 1970s, Doreen worked at Jacques Jewellers downtown. Over the years, she spent countless hours volunteering for the Canadian Arthritis Society, Community Concerts, Vernon Public Art Gallery and the Vernon Centre for the Performing Arts, among others.
She was an avid reader and library patron, and had an abiding love for the arts — music, theatre and dance. Attending performances at the performing arts centre was one of her greatest pleasures.
Doreen was active in cross-country skiing, racing and volunteering for race events, and also belonged to a local hiking group. She loved to dance, especially with Paul, and took part in jazz dancing classes, aerobics and, in recent years, Zumba at her gym.
Friendships were important to Doreen and she had many. A wonderful cook and hostess who had an artistic eye for decorating, she welcomed people from near and far into her and Paul’s lovely home and entertained with fun and elegant dinner parties. Most of all, she loved having her family together.
Doreen enjoyed gardening and especially the flowers of spring. A long-time supporter of Caetani House, Doreen was a volunteer gardener there, helping to keep the grounds beautifully maintained.
Doreen and Paul travelled to the Canary Islands, France, Austria, England, Greece and Scandinavia, and took road trips across Canada twice and also to the Yukon.
For the past 20 years, Doreen suffered from Parkinson’s disease but she faced it courageously and refused to let it impair her enjoyment of life.
Doreen is remembered by her devoted husband of 63 years, Paul, son Stephen (Leslie), grandson Ryan (Destin) and granddaughter Dayna (Rob), daughter Sydney (Mel Rothenburger) and grandson Jacob. Also her surviving brothers and many nieces and nephews.
Her family thanks the staff at Noric House and particularly Gateby Residence for their wonderful care during her last months. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of choice is sincerely appreciated.
Doreen loved socializing and a good party. In that spirit, a party celebrating Doreen’s life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 0155. Condolences may be offered at www.vernonfuneralhome.com