Kathleen A. Jones, age 72, died peacefully at home with her family by her side on March 18th, 2020. Born in Columbus, she was the second of fourteen children and first daughter born to the late Patrick and Helen (Maloney) Weldon. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Brian Doucher and is survived by her husband Robert P. “Bob” Jones; children, Kenny (Kim) Jones, Jennifer (Pete) Schaefer, Colleen Jones, Kimberly (Jeff) Burns, and Matthew (Alyssa) Jones; grandchildren, McKenzi, Brendan, Kaden, Patrick, McKenna, Lamar, Thomas, Lochlan, Samuel, and Elizabeth; sisters and brothers, Michael (Grace) Weldon, Carolyn (Ed) St. Clair, Jerry (Mary Ann) Weldon, Peggy (Joe) Kienle, Mary (Charlie) Wheeler, Steve (Vickie) Weldon, Rita DeMatte, Therese (Vince) Hatem, Christine Gohring, Kevin Weldon, Joe (Rose) Weldon, Tim (Sandy) Weldon, and Patty Haney; many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Kathleen was a professed member of The Secular Franciscan Order. She was also a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, where she served as an Extraordinary Minister, Lector, and Greeter. In addition, she dedicated her service to ministry with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She will be remembered for her devotion to and love for others, living life as a disciple of Christ.
All are changed and better people because of Kathleen's example of unwavering love. Whether she was singing songs to her preschoolers during circle time, crawling on the floor making silly animal sounds with her grandchildren, sharing her joy with her small group, or carrying a loved one through dark times, she exuded Christ's loving example. She taught her children that real love was unconditional, sacrificial, and forgiving and she modeled that in all she did. They witnessed it in her devotion and unwavering love for her husband Bobby and she told them her greatest gift to them was a happy marriage. She also taught them how to be generous, kind, and disciplined as she daily interceded for the world in prayer with her husband. She was a rock and faithful servant to her 13 siblings and was like a mother to many of them. Her brothers and sisters sought her wisdom and felt more at peace after a conversation with her. Before she passed she got the great blessing of personally talking to each one of her 10 grandchildren and she told them to "remember who you are, where you are going, and how you are going to get there". She always said, "I will love you no matter what". She had a beautiful smile, creative mind, fun laugh, was a leader and mentor in education, and finished every task with meticulous detail and perfection. She passed on her great Irish heritage, familial traditions, and Christian example. In her final days she taught all her friends and family about dying with grace, dignity, and humility as she continued to offer up her suffering for others. Until we can all gather together for a Celebration of Life may we all envision her at the Heavenly banquet table with Jesus and the moment when she entered the Kingdom and He exclaimed, "Well done good and faithful servant".
Due to respect for current public health concerns, a private Funeral Mass will be held with a public Memorial Mass to be announced later by EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME NORTHWEST CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish, may contribute to the St. Andrew St. Vincent de Paul Society at 1899 McCoy Road Columbus, Ohio 43220.
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