Kay Van Leuven Jones was born on October 4, 1937 in Baker, OR. She was welcomed by her parents Calvin Orlan and Elsie Elizabeth Miller Van Leuven.
She grew up in Emmett, ID, where her dad had a large dairy farm and raised a variety of crops.
She learned to drive the tractor when she was nine years old and learned to drive a team of horses in the fields when she was younger than that.
She started playing the piano at five years old and went on to learn how to play the organ, drums and accordion.
Her brother George was born when she was 9 1/2 years old, and she absolutely loved him.
She attended elementary school in Hanna, ID in a little three-room schoolhouse that had eight grades. She later graduated from Emmett High School and then attended BYU in Provo, UT.
After her children were all born and the last few in high school, she earned an associate degree from the College of Eastern Utah San Juan Campus.
While in Provo at BYU, she met her husband Robert Ashton Jones (Bob) on a blind date and the rest is history.
They moved around the first few years of their marriage, eventually settling in Blanding where they raised their family of ten children. She had read the book “Cheaper by the Dozen” and loved the idea of a big family.
She was great at organizing and could delegate so well that she was affectionately called “General Jones” by her children.
She was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings in the Primary, Young Womens and Relief Society. She was a den mother in the Cub Scouts and played or led the music for a lot of meetings.
Bob and Kay welcomed lots of people into their home, including over 30 foster children and many of their children’s friends call them Mom and Dad. Kay frequently said there were no strangers, only people she hadn’t met yet.
She loved to write letters and would send out weekly emails to her friends, family, and missionaries. She loved to meet new people, and she welcomed them all into her life. She loved to read, sing, garden, sew, cook, scrapbook and try new things.
She loved her large family and was always the happiest when the home was full of love and laughter. She had a love for her Savior Jesus Christ and a strong testimony of the gospel.
Kay passed away on November 7, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Orlan and Elsie Van Leuven, her husband Bob Jones, her daughters Robin Jones and Lydia Mae Jones, and a grandson Kade Jones.
She is survived by her brother George (Diane) Van Leuven; children Heather (Dan) Raisor, Alma (Glenda) Jones, Leah Jones, Richard Jones, Aaron (Kim) Jones, Gary Jones, Ellen (Rodney) Kyles, Lynette (Kim) Jones; as well as 30 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and many more in-laws, nieces, nephews and adopted family.
Card of thanks
The family of Kay V. Jones would like to thank Dr Josh Nielson, the nurses and staff of Blue Mountain Hospital for the loving care they gave to our mother.
Thanks to the many friends and family that provided food, hugs, friendship and shared memories during the passing of our mother.
Heather (Dan) Raisor, Alma (Glenda) Jones, Leah Jones, Richard Jones, Aaron (Kim) Jones, Gary Jones, Ellen (Rodney) Kyles, Lynette (Kim) Jones