Obituary: Jody Jones of Antioch passes, Celebration of Life on Sunday, October 28

Jody Ellen Jones
10-25-23 to 10-19-25

Born in Duluth, Minnesota on October 25, 1923. Suffered from Multiple Myeloma cancer for many years. She fought the cancer with the love and support of her family and friends and in the loving care of the Brun’s Hospice Home of Alamo.

Survived by loving husband of 60 years, “Smoky” Joseph Jones, a daughter Marsha Habberstad and husband Gary both of St. Maries, Idaho, and a loving sister, Betty Berg of Pacheco, and many nieces, nephews, cousings and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edith and William Utley and a brother Bill Utley.

Jody met her husband in Boise, Idaho while working for the phone company. They lived in Boise for several years before moving to Antioch in 1956. Jody enjoyed working with senior citizens and she received the Transportation Award in 1981 for her work in helping run the bus office and in raising money for the first senior bus.

She was nominated for Citizen of the Year in 1983 for her volunteer work with seniors, American cancer Society, Meals on Wheels and the Deltal Learning Center. She was named Volunteer of the Year by the Contra Costa Food Bank in 1998 for her 25 years as the Antioch coordinator. Jody was nominated for Citizen of the Year again in 2002 for her work at the Joint Government Center for Senator Tom Torlakson, work with Delta Learning Center, The Riverview Garden Club and the Antioch Historical Society Museum. Whe was in charge of memorials at the museum for seven years and was the Saturday docent. Jody especially enjoyed showing school children through the museum.

In 2004, Jody received a plaque in appreciation for 25 years of volunteer service with the Friends of the Animal Services for work on the circulation of the “Paw Print” newsletter and posters. She was the club historian and enjoyed helping on fund raisers for the animals.

Jody enjoyed riding on trains with husband Smoky, gardening, making posters for special occasions and special friends, reading and spending time with family and friends and her cats. A close friend once remarked, “Jody’s purpose in life ws to help others, Jody’s life exemplifies service and kindness”.

Through her faith, she enters eternal life with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

A celebration of Jody’s life will be held on Sunday, October 28th, at 1 pm at the Antioch Historical Society Museum at 1500 West 4th Street, Antioch. In the spirit of Jody’s life the family encourages donations to the Antioch Friends of the Animals, the Antioch Historical Society and to the Brun’s Hospice House in Alamo. The family thanks you for your prayers.

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