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PATRICIA KATHERINE JONES (published on May 16, 2009)



PATRICIA KATHERINE JONES Patricia Katherine Jones died peacefully on May 15, 2009, at the West Park Manor Personal Care Home. Trish as she was known to everyone, (or Trishie to her grandchildren) will be missed from coast to coast. Even as she aged and her health failed, she was good for at least one witticism a day. Although she never lost her sense of humour, Trish didn't have it easy. Married to Doug Jones in 1942, she was left a young widow with three children and one on the way when Doug died unexpectedly and far too early in 1951. She raised those children: Jennifer Foster, Bob Jones, Mary-Kate Martin, and the youngest, Elizabeth, with fierce determination. Trish began life as Patricia Doyle, born in Minneapolis, the daughter of Maurice A. Moe Doyle and Jessie Finkel on July 28, 1920. The family moved to Winnipeg in her first year, where she spent the rest of her life, except for a few years in the 1970s when she lived with her daughter Jennifer and her family in beautiful Blomidon, Nova Scotia. Trish worked for many years at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre until she retired in 1985, celebrated by her many friends and colleagues. When she wasn't working, Trish spent her summers surrounded by family at her cottage at the Sandy Hook Golf Course, which was owned first by her father, then her brother, former Canadian Amateur Golf Champion Jim Doyle. Trish was the last survivor of Moe and Jessie's family, as she was predeceased by sisters Eileen Anscombe, Helen Clark, Dorothy Walters, and her brother Jim Doyle, as well as her beloved son-in-law Jim Foster. But she has left behind a great group of her own children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, five-year-old Maya and two-year-old Portia Foster Thompson. Kids loved Trishie: they were all her favourites; and she kept them in stitches. Missing their grandmother today are: Andrew and Kate Foster, Jennifer's children; Noah, Meaghan, Luke and Ben Jones, Bob's children; Sam and Adam Martin, Mary-Kate's sons, and John and Ann Sullivan, Elizabeth's children. Daughter-in-law Marsha Jones, son-in-law Greg Martin and son-in-law Paul Sullivan will miss Trish very much; she set the standard for mothers-in-law everywhere. Also surviving her are her sister-in-law Beverley Doyle and many nieces and nephews. It is hard to describe the impact Trish had on the lives of those around her. She made many life-long friends, but none greater than Doss Harrison. They were girls together, spent their summers in Boundary Park near Winnipeg Beach, and then stayed close as they married, raised their families and grew wise and venerable together. Trish's family is immensely grateful to Doss for her undying love and support. The family would also like to remember just a few of Trish's other great friends who are now passed away: Shirley Prendergast, Joan Jordan and Marion Haffner, who were all in the same boat as Trish - single moms with families to raise. Jack and Ann Cameron were also her special friends and they spent great times together. The family would like to acknowledge and thank Trish's niece Carrie Lee Clarke, who came to visit from Toronto every year, and her niece Janet Walters McLean and nephew Tom Walters from New Hampshire for their visits and calls. Finally, thanks to the staff at The Wellington, and the caregivers at the Misericordia Hospital and West Park Manor who helped Trish in her final years. Jennifer and Elizabeth, living in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, wish to acknowledge, with love and great appreciation, the attention and comfort that Mary-Kate and Bob provided to Trish in their absence. Trish was a life-long member of Winnipeg's Catholic community. She attended St. Mary's Academy and St. Ignatius Church at Stafford and Corydon. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ignatius Church on Tuesday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. Funeral arrangements are by Chapel Lawn. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Stephen Lewis Foundation - Turning the Tide Campaign - Grandmothers at www.StephenLewisFoundation.org.


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