Escondido, CA

MaryEllen Jones, 93, beloved mother and air pilot

June 16, 1922 -- Octo­ber 30, 2015.



Born in Pullman Washington, went through school and attended Washington State University. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority.

Her parents boarded WSU students. MaryEllen met Francis Paul Jones while he was attending WSU Veterinarian School. They fell in love and she mar­ried him. They had a wonderful life and raise three children. She was a wonder­ful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grand­mother, and caring friend.

Her first career was in Escondido as a loving mother chasing three kids in a hundred different directions. She was devoted to 4-H, Girl Scouts as a lifelong leader, Civil Air Patrol where she at­tained the rank of Captain, and flew hun­dreds of hours as a search pilot and ob­server looking for downed planes. She was recognized as outstanding female pilot for the CAP California Wing twice.

Then she started another career, af­ter years of volunteering with Eskaton. She went back to school and became an LVN. After retiring Francis and Mary­Ellen spent many winters in Baja. She got more involved in the community and with the Wilton Bible Church. She be­came addicted to Bingo and played sev­eral times a week. After 93 years she is survived by her children, Cathyrn, Mi­chael, James Gregory, their spouses and her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She has made her last flight.

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