Eula Mae Jones (Lyen) passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Oct. 29, 2017, at her home in Cedaredge, Colo. She was 77 years old.
Eula was born to the late Emerson Lyen and Barbara Cash in Egnar, Colo., on Jan. 10, 1940. She graduated from Riverside High School in Grand Junction, Colo., in 1958.
On May 16, 1959, she married Jerry Jones in Grand Junction, Colo., and moved to Slick Rock, Colo., where Jerry worked in the uranium mill. She had 3 daughters, Shellina Caye, born on Nov. 25, 1960, in Grand Junction, Colo.; Karri Louise born on Oct. 5, 1962, in Gunnison; and Konni Koann born on Oct. 9, 1970, in Colorado Springs. In 1973 Jerry and Eula moved from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Cedaredge, Colo., where they purchased an acre of land 3 miles north of Cedaredge and built a home for their family. She enjoyed gardening and making a home there while Jerry worked out of town during the week days. She quickly learned how to take care of things while Jerry was out of town and there was no project or repair she was afraid to take on. In 1987 she moved to Fort Mojave, Ariz., with Jerry where he worked in construction in Laughlin, Nev. They then moved to Cal-Nev-Ari, Nev., where they lived until May of 2017. They had a great love for this small desert community where they had many close friends. Eula was the casino entertainment on weekends for many years where she sang and played the guitar and keyboard solo. Her sister Judy joined her in the band when she moved to Cal-Nev-Ari and close friend Mona to complete the band "Smith and Jones."
She was a talented musician and song writer and enjoyed playing and entertaining family as they sang along with her at gatherings. She was a wonderful mother, sister, grandmother and best friend to her daughters and an inspiration to all. She loved knitting, bowling, traveling, oil painting, playing tennis and softball and gardening. When the Cal-Nev-Ari fire department was about to lose their ambulance from lack of volunteers she promptly signed up to become a certified EMT and volunteered for many years. She instilled the confidence in her daughters that there was nothing they could not accomplish.
She is survived by her two daughters, Shelli (Lee) Archibald of Pioneer Town, Calif., and Konni (Bob) Overturf of Cedaredge, Colo.; brother, Stanley (Helen) Lyen of Denver, Colo.; sister, Judy Coats of Grand Junction, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews. She has 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her father, Emerson Lyen; mother, Barbara Orendorf; husband, Jerry Jones; daughter, Karri Sherrill; and sister, Joyce Harrison.
There will be no services as per her request.
At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.