Katherine H. Jones died March 7, 2009, at Sandrock Ridge Health Care in Craig.
Katherine was born Sept. 24, 1911, in Salt Lake City, to Roscoe C. Hardy and Kathleen (Varley) Hardy. She grew up and was educated in the city, but most of her days were lived as a country girl.
Her education included training as a beautician, but before this training could be put to use, Katherine's father was hired as a manager on a ranch near Baggs, Wyo., and the family moved to the Little Snake River Valley. It was there that Katherine met and married her husband of more than 70 years, Marion Jones.
The couple settled on a nearby ranch and through much hard work, they were able to earn a living, buy the ranch, raise their family and be a very active part of their church and community. Marion and Katherine sold the ranch and moved to the Craig area in 1968.
Katherine was a woman of many skills: A gifted singer and song leader; a "green thumb" gardener and grower of flowers and vegetables; a remarkable cook - especially baking, candy making and canning; a seamstress of great talent and persistence; and a record-keeper of genealogy, history, money, events or anything else that needed recording.
Katherine's great passion and gift was caring for others who needed care. She was born to be a caregiver. There was always time for a smile, a kind word, card, gift, meal, song, permanent or whatever else was needed. Katherine once was a volunteer worker in the facility where she resided and received care.
Katherine was a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, neighbor and friend.
Her family misses her and gives thanks that she is with the perfect caregiver, her beloved Lord.
Preceding Katherine in death were her parents, husband Marion, sister Olive (Lunt) and brother Louis Hardy.
Surviving are her sons, Marion (Joann) K. Jones, of Billings, Mont., and Larry (Nora) Jones, of Craig; eight grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren, all of whom mourn her loss.