M. Aileen Jones

m. aileen jones
M. (Mary) Aileen (Dobrinz) Jones, 94 died December 12, 2018 at Bethany on University, Fargo with staff of Ethos Hospice and Bethany at her side. She was born August 16, 1924 to Margaret (McGregor) and Paul Dobrinz. She grew up on the family farm west of Fargo and was graduated from West Fargo High School. She married Gordon A. Jones in June 1941 and they lived in West Fargo. Gordon was drafted into the army in WW II and she and their young daughter Kathie (Kathleen) joined him in Oklahoma and Texas while he was in Officers Training School. Aileen and Kathie moved back to her parent’s farm when Gordon was shipped to Europe. The family moved to Moorhead when Gordon returned to the States in 1946. In 1947 Aileen answered an ad for a mail clerk’s job at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Fargo. She worked at various positions there and retired as Office Manager in the Plant Department in 1979. Aileen was active in the community – belonging to the American Legion Auxiliary, the Jaycettes, the Altrusia Club, and the Sewchataneat Sewing Club. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Moorhead and served on various boards and committees including Trustees and Deaconess. When Gordon retired in 1982 they lived summers at their lake cottage on Fish Lake, Pelican Rapids, Minn. and winter home in Sun City, Ariz, where they joined the Faith Presbyterian Church. She moved into assisted living at Bethany after a car accident in 2012 and then to skilled nursing care in 2015. Aileen enjoyed reading, playing cards, baking and antiquing at places around the lakes. Family meant a lot to her and she seldom missed sending a birthday card to friends and relatives including nieces, nephews and even grandnieces and nephews. Aileen is survived by her daughter Kathleen (Paul) Lansing, grandchildren Lois Lansing, David (Lisa) Lansing, and Jacob (Chelsea) Lansing, great granddaughters, Bryanna and Jada Lansing, sister-in-law Luella Laske, eight nieces and nephews and several grandnieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her parents, husband Gordon, infant son Jerry, brother Robert. The family requests memorials go to Ethos Hospice and Bethany Foundation.

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  1. Kathy and family,
    Our sympathies to all of you on the passing of Aileen. We remember fondly the many beach picnics, card games, and joint work projects on Fish Lake. Gordon and Aileen always were a third set of grandparents to our children. We have picked up their habit of wintering in Arizona so will be unable to attend the memorial service, but out thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Mrs. Jones, as she was known to us kids, was a favorite Mom. She put up with a lot from us when we were at her house. I am so glad you had her all these years. God bless the whole family as you deal with a vacant spot in your world.

  3. Aileen was my first supervisor at NWB. She was a wonderful caring person. After retirement I visited she and Gordon every summer at Fish 🐠 Lake and admired their huge garden across the road. We also visited them in Az in Sun City. I considered her a friend.

  4. I worked in the payroll dept. of NW Bell between 1950-1954 and remember her well working in the plant department. She was a wonderful lady my sympathy to all her family.
    Jean (Regstad) Jacobsem

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