Carol Louise Jones, 82

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 23:00

Carol Louise Jones, Alaskan pioneer and homesteader, passed away of heart failure April 1, 2014, at Matsu Regional Medical Center. She was 82.

A service was held on April 7 at Kehl’s Palmer Mortuary, followed by a graveside service at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery on April 8.

Mrs. Jones was born in Glendale, Ariz. on August 31, 1931, to Warren Hoel and Katherine Strough Hoel. She attended high school and college in Phoenix and came by steamer to Alaska in 1951 for a summer job at Fort Richardson and to visit her homesteading parents, Katherine and Teddy Donaho. She met Army Sgt Paul Jones and they married April 19, 1952, at the Fort Richardson Chapel.

The couple homesteaded in Eagle River in 1952 near what’s now Eagle River Lane. Mrs. Jones worked as an Army clerk from 1952-1955 and later maintained the family homestead during her husband’s tours in Korea and Vietnam. After her daughters were raised, Mrs. Jones became an Eagle River librarian. After her husband’s Army retirement, the couple founded and ran Jones Tool Rental & Hardware throughout the 1970s-80s. After retiring in 1985, they RVed throughout the U.S. and Canada and eventually returned to Alaska, where they settled in Palmer in 1995.

Mrs. Jones was a founding member of Chugiak Methodist Church and active in her community as a Girl Scout Leader, Republican Party chairwoman, member of the Chugiak High School Formation Committee, and Iditarod and softball team sponsor. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, knitting and card playing.

Her family said, “Carol was a woman unlike any other. A strong, independent pioneer who made all those around her appreciate life. She inspired us all to take chances and find adventure in life. She was a great woman and she will be sorely missed.”

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband Paul Jones.

She is survived by her two daughters, Deborah Jones and Cinthia Franck; grandchildren, Christian Allen, Tonya Uptegraft, Jacob, Peter, Mary and Monica Franck; great-grandchildren, Isabel and Conner Allen and Linden Godwon; sister, Fritzi Pylant; niece, Cheryl Clark; and cousin Patricia Jones.

Memorial donations are requested to be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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