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Myrna Jean (White) Jones
Feb. 2, 1933 Dec. 2, 2009
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Myrna Jean (White) Jones, 76, passed away on Dec. 2 in Clovis. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Clovis.
Myrna was born in Lemoore on Feb. 2, 1933. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Fresno in 1951. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard Jones in 1952. The couple celebrated over 57 years together. While living in Turlock, Myrna earned her B.A. and M.A. in Education at California State University, Stanislaus. She was awarded a Doctorate in Education from Utah State University in 1987.
Myrna and Richard took advantage of several career opportunities to experience life in other parts of the country. These included Fargo, ND, Ogden Utah, and Salem, Ohio. Whether ice fishing at their cabin in Minnesota, skiing and camping in the mountains of Utah, or sailing their boat on Lake Erie, Myrna thoroughly embraced and enjoyed each new experience. She was a member of AAUW, CASA, the Sierra Women's Service Club and served as president of the YWCA in Salem, Ohio.
Myrna also loved to travel outside of the country, and the couple spent numerous sabbaticals teaching and traveling in Sweden, New Zealand, Nigeria, Lesotho and Poland. In 2000, the couple retired to Prather, returning to their roots in the Fresno area.
Despite being teased by her children as being “a couple of gypsies,” Myrna valued her family above all, staying very close to her children and grandchildren. She will be missed for the tender calm love and practical approach to life that she shared with each of them.
In addition to her husband, Richard, she is survived by her three daughters, Kathryn Owens and her husband, Kyle, of Elk Grove, Susan Carcelli and her husband, Larry, of Ogden, Utah, and Carolyn Vellutini and her husband, Frank, of Elk Grove; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Myrna had a way of making each of them feel a special connection to her, and they will miss her greatly.
Services under the direction of Boice Funeral Home.