Antonia Lucille Jones

Antonia Lucille "Fannie" Jones, 88, of Farmington, N.M., passed away Oct. 25, 2008, at Cedar Ridge Inn nursing facility. Antonia was born Dec. 13, 1919, to George and Katherine (Svetich) Krulyac in Sugarite, N.M., a coal mining camp near Raton. The site is now the historic Sugarite Canyon New Mexico State Park.

On Sept. 20, 1941, she married James F. Jones in Thoreau, N.M. Jimmy passed away in 1994. Together, they raised two daughters, Peggy (Don) Heck, of Wasilla, Alaska, and Julia (Dave) Kelsoe, of Farmington, N.M. Antonia raised her family in Central Point. She returned to New Mexico five years ago to make her home with her daughter and son-in-law.

Besides her daughters, Antonia is survived by a granddaughter, Kelly Heck, of Wasilla, Alaska; grandson, Donald J. Heck (Jennifer), and their son, Ryan, of Anchorage; three step-granddaughters, Patricia Kelsoe, Brookings, Kathleen Bethany, Medford, and Cindy Ingram, Eagle Point; plus their eight children and six grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Ann Lambert and Matilda Scarafiotti; and a brother, George Krulyac.

Antonia was very proud of her Slavic heritage, a great cook of traditional foods and loved polka music. Lawrence Welk was a favorite. She was an avid softball player in local leagues as a young woman and enjoyed watching baseball games on television.

A private funeral Mass will be held in Farmington on Friday. Antonia is in the care of Alternative Choice of Farmington.

At a later date, there will be a celebration of her life held in the Rogue Valley. Her cremains will be interred with her husband at the National Veterans Cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore.