Stella Mildred Jones died Sept. 13, 2005, in Steamboat Springs. She was 96.
Stella Mildred Wilson was born July 25, 1909, in Craig, the second daughter to George A. and Maude Bryan Wilson.
Jones lived in Craig most of her life. She attended several country schools and then from about the fifth grade attended the Craig school and graduated from Craig High School with the Class of 1928. She started work for the Mountain States Telephone Company soon after graduation. She worked fro the telephone company as a switchboard operator for seventeen years. Dec. 25, 1932 she was united in marriage to Aubrey Mitchell "Buck" Morton, 26 years to the day after her parents were married. After their marriage, she and her husband lived on a ranch on the south fork of Williams Fork known as the Call place, they lived there several years while they raised cattle. In 1936, her husband went to work for the Colorado State Highway Department as a member of their carpenter crew, which consisted of his father-in-law, George Wilson, Carl Van Dorn, and himself. They built camps for the maintenance crews, fixed bridges, and about anything the highway wanted fixed. After the camp on Rabbit Ears Pass was completed, he transferred to the maintenance department and plowed snow for several winters. Stella cooked for these men while they lived there. Her husband died in January 1956 of lung problems. On May 23, 1957, she married Thomas R. Jones in Glenwood Springs.
Jones is survived by her son, David; grandson; two great-grandchildren; step-grandson, Don Jones, and his family; three nieces; one nephew; and many other relatives and friends.
Jones was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Harriet Lucille Wilson and June Crabtree, and brothers Dick and Jack Wilson.