Audrey Katherine (Ellis) Jones passed away peacefully at the age of 83 on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Audrey was born July 30, 1935, in Erie, Pa., in the middle of the Great Depression. She was raised on the family farm in Edinboro, Pa., by, Martha Katherine Ellis, along with her six siblings. She moved her family and her mother, “Kate,” to California in the late 1950s, landing in Kern Valley in the mid 1960s.
Those who knew Audrey were aware of her kindness and understanding. She was available to lend an ear, infused with words of comfort, wisdom and advice for those who sought it, sometimes taking on the troubles of others without self-regard. Audrey became a single mother in 1977, and the survivalist in Audrey was well apparent, though it never hardened her heart. Her loving and nurturing ways extended well beyond immediate family to a significant number of friends and acquaintances. Through life’s challenges she always saw a silver lining, kept her chin up and mustered that beautiful smile. She may have been “lost to the ages,” but she is now in the protection of God and his angels, forever to live on in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known her.
Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lawrence (Cappelletty) Jones; eldest daughter, LeAnn Carol Scales; granddaughter, Jennifer Audrey Klase; mother, Martha “Kate” Ellis; eldest sister, Dorothy Jones; brothers Eddie, Richard and Kenneth Ellis and longtime companion Virgil “Bud” Tucker. She is survived by her sister, Marilyn Jones, and brother, Gary Ellis; children, Henry Jones, Dale Jones, Traci Dean and Cheryl Larivee, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
No services were held at Audrey’s request. There was a celebration of life at the home of her daughter, Traci, on July 4.
The family would like to thank the staff at KVHD Skilled Nursing Facility for their care of Audrey and efforts in making Audrey’s family feel welcomed and comfortable during Mom’s final days on earth. Special thanks to the director of nursing, social workers and nursing staff. We would also like to thank Mom’s home caregivers for exceeding our expectations in her care. You filled her days with joy, and she thought highly of you, as do we.