Irene Dorothy Jones, age 84, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2019 in Albany, New York after a brief hospitalization. She was most recently a resident of the Spinney at Pondview in Castleton, NY but previously was a longtime resident of North Greenbush, NY.
Born in San Antonio, TX on August 23, 1934, Irene was the daughter of Gertrude (Rendon) Frederick and Joseph Frederick. She was the sister of Corrine (Frederick) Smith of Yorktown, VA, sister in law of Gilbert Smith (d 2011), sister of Joseph Frederick (d 1983), and sister in law of Barbara Frederick of Putnam, CT. She also had a sister, Nora Frederick, who died in infancy.
Irene married Floyd Neal Jones (d 2003), in San Antonio on May 19, 1956. After a series of moves related to Floyd’s Army and career commitments, the couple and their growing family settled in Fort Plain, NY in 1965. Besides her devotion as a busy mother and homemaker, Irene was recognized as the greatest supporter to Floyd’s basketball teams. In 1977, the Jones Family moved to North Greenbush, NY. During this time, Irene worked as an account clerk for the NYS Dept. of Education.
Irene will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend to so many. Throughout her life, she valued a delicious meal at a fair price. She enjoyed time with friends and family, playing dominoes, dancing ~ especially the jitterbug! ~, honoring her Mexican heritage through food and genealogy, travel and, in her later years, was an active member of the East Greenbush, West Sand Lake and Schodack Senior groups. She was always eager to travel and loved the camaraderie that travel promoted. Irene was always ready with a smile and to share her joyful sense of humor.
Irene is survived by her four children, Carole (Jones) Hawn and husband Bill, Rosanne (Jones) Endres and husband Eddie, son Terry Jones and wife Carla, and Nancy Jones. She will be missed by her grandchildren EJ and wife Erica Endres, Alicia (Endres) and husband Stephen Daniels, Anne (Hawn) and husband Anthony Sinopoli, Alexia Hawn and fiancé David Paro, Avery Hawn, Spencer Jones and Audrey Jones and her great grandson, Miles Endres.
An open house style celebration of Irene’s life for friends and family will be held in the community room at the Spinney at Pondview in Castleton, NY, on Sunday March 24th from 11-2. In lieu of flowers, please consider performing a random act of kindness in Irene’s honor, then go and enjoy a delicious meal at a fair price in the company of people you love.