Pauline Janet Jones, 96, of Fayette, Ohio, was called home into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior May 9, 2019, while at CHP Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance, Ohio.
She was born Oct. 3, 1922, and was the last living daughter of Harvey and Edna (Thornton) Bacon.
Pauline was the widow of Melvin “Babe” Jones, whom she married on March 2, 1940. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2010, one month before his death on April 23, 2010.
Pauline served as a librarian for many years and was the creator of the much loved “Birthday Book Tree.” Many Fayette youths selected a Birthday Book and donated it to the library, then had their photo placed on that tree.
She was known to have had a gift of words and the love and ability to bring people to life in her hundreds of “memorial and tribute” writings that were published in various newspapers.
In the 1970s, she and Babe brought their small factory to Industrial Parkway in Fayette, and Pauline took over the bookkeeping duties as she continued to work and write. After Serenity Haven was established, she became a regular presence with the ladies, and offered her love, friendship and comfort in whatever capacity her heart was needed. She became “mom,” “grandma” and “special lady” to many, and always took the time to get to know each lady’s heart and offer her prayers and hugs. Little did she know that she would become a “cancer survivor,” but that was just an inconvenience to her. It was a battle, and 20 years later, she still survived. Her faith wasn’t taunted by those medical reports, because she knew who her real Heavenly doctor was.
As with most grandmas, she was ever-present in her grandsons’ lives and activities. You couldn’t keep that Lady Eagle off the stands, or off the fields! Baseball, basketball, track, golf—it didn’t matter, because those grandparents were there for the duration. And sure enough, she was blessed with five great-granddaughters, and she got her second wind. No matter the sport, the event, the organizations, she was there. FFA, 4-H, fair shows, she was rooting on from her porch. She was the prize for her grandkids, and her love was unconditional. She never had to look far to find praise for any of them. It’s fun to know that her son, Jim, even got her in a helmet and on a go-cart, but it had to be before she had hair done. She was still participating in school activities as recently as February. Climb the bleachers, row 5, seat 1. She was a very dedicated and loving Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma, as well as loving Aunt and Friend.
Villagers will miss her, as well as her lifelong place of worship, Fayette United Methodist Church, and her family will forever cherish her memory.
Pauline is survived by her son, Jim (and Sandy) Jones of Big Rapids, Mich., and her daughter, Joyce (and Jim) Fruchey of Fayette. Jim was her caregiver, and she loved him as though he was blood, a love he mutually shared. Also surviving are two grandsons, Brian (and Lesley) Fruchey and Corey (and Melanie) Fruchey, both of Fayette; five grandchildren, Hailey Fruchey of Hampstead, N.C., MacKenzie Fruchey of Morenci, Mich., Alexis Fruchey of Findlay, Ohio, Kelsey Fruchey and Trista Fruchey, both of Fayette; Tyler (and Mariah) Downing of Fayette, and Katelyn Downing (and AJ Brenner); two great-great-grandchildren, Tate and Asa; her forever fur son, Buckeye, who will be making his home in Big Rapids with his “brother- and sister-in-law.”
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Leonard (and Gladys) Bacon, Virgil (and Orpha) Bacon, Marvin (and Jenny) Bacon, and John (and Wanda) Bacon; sisters, Mildred Bacon, Alma (and John) Ives, and Doris (and Clifford) Snow; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family extends a special thanks and blessings to St. Luke’s Medical Center and CHP Hospice for their loving care given to Pauline, and they respect they showed her. Also to Pastor Jeff Bandy, Rev. Karen King, and Pastor Short for their love and concerns. And to the countless friends and family for gathering together to honor her with prayers and visits. “There are no words that convey what our hearts are feeling, but do know that no gesture, prayer or hug went unnoticed or unappreciated.” And to Judy, Cindy, Cheryl, Mary Lynn, Joanne and Joe: know that your second Mom will be watching over you, and those hugs and love will never fail.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, at Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jeff Bandy officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to CHP Hospice or to Fayette United Methodist Church.