Patricia Anne Jones passed away on February 15, at St Anthony ‘s Hospital in Gig Harbor WA. Pat was born on March 18, 1940 in Somerville, MA. She leaves behind her husband of 50 years, Ron, daughter Lisa McLean and seven grandchildren (John McLean, Mackenzie McLean, Breanna Sheridan, Katherine McLean, Sarah Jones, Isabella Jones and Trinity Jones). Pat’s daughter, Michelle, predeceased her in 2016.
Pat grew up in the Boston area with her three siblings, Kathleen, Dorothy, and William. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from Massachusetts General Hospital and later joined the USAF as a nurse. In 1967 she was stationed at Altus AFB, OK where she met and married her husband a USAF B-52 Navigator. She left the Air Force in 1969 with an honorable discharge as a Captain, shortly before the birth of her daughter, Lisa
She and her husband were stationed in several states. Her husband retired from the Air Force in 1983 and they moved to Gig Harbor, where they purchased the landmark restaurant, Span Deli and together as a family ran the store for 13 years.
After the closing of the Deli, Pat went to work for Rite Aid and was there for the next 20 years. At Rite Aid she was the Queen of the Photo department as well as a cashier. Pat was a long time active member of the local Altrusa and AWOB organizations and was an involved parishioner of St. Nicholas Church.
In Altrusa she held several offices including president of the club, served on the Foundation board as well as various committees. On a district level she was on several conference committees.
She provided a link and ideas to support the military in our community resulting in the “Million Cookie Challenge”. She was also an active proponent and supporter of the Peninsula Youth Orchestra and more recently, the Empty Bowls Event, funding meals for children in the Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula areas.
Pat was one of the early members of AWOB, Association of Women Owned Business and was chair of the Membership Committee. In fact, she was an active recruiter (i.e. persistent nagger) for members of both mentioned organizations.
At St. Nicholas Church in Gig Harbor she served as a Eucharistic minister and worked with RCI, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.
For 2011 Pat along with her husband were recognized by the community of Gig Harbor as the Citizen of the Year by the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce for all of her civic volunteering.
Pat loved her family, her church, Starbucks (tall mocha one pump no fat), her organizations, Bunco, pretty nails thanks to VIP, her frequent haircuts by Babette, her favorite chair at home (her chair and only her chair), her smart phone with Facebook, Mocha Almond fudge ice cream, and talking to anyone and everyone. If momma ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy.
Celebration of Life services will be held on March 3rd at St Nicholas Catholic Church at 10:00 am with a reception to be held in the church hall immediately following Pat’s Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, it is requested and appreciated that donations be made to the Children of Michelle Jones’ Scholarship Fund at any Key Bank branch. Interment will be private.