Born: 15 July 1932
Died: 1 Feb 2017
At the age of: 84
Spouse: Glenn Leroy Jones
Children: Lorin G Jones, Glenda J Bodily, Rose J Brown
Parents: Hulbert Merlin & Helen Frances Williams Robbins
Hazel R. Jones, our loving wife, mother and grandmother, quietly passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at her home in Malta. She was 84-years-old.
She was born July 15, 1932, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the fourth child born to Hulbert Merlin and Helen Frances Williams Robbins. She grew up in Stone, Idaho, where at the age of three, her mother passed away after giving birth to her younger sister. When she was six, her father married Ruth Anderson of Black Pine, Idaho, where over the next few years she became the big sister to ten more siblings. She attended elementary school in Stone, then lived in Malad to attend high school for three years, making lifetime friends. She then transferred to Bear River High School in Tremonton , Utah, to graduate, because they finally got school transportation to their small town. Hazel was a lifelong learner and attended many community educational events in her life including, oil painting, ceramics, furniture refinishing, furniture upholstering, family health care, and, completed official EMT training.
Hazel married Glenn L. Jones from Standrod, Idaho, on June 17, 1951, and their story began. They have now been married more than 65 years. They moved to a farm a few miles south of Malta, built their own home, and have lived there ever since. They have three children, Lorin, Glenda, and Rose Ellen. The sparkle in her eyes continued with the addition of 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She adored each one and always made sure they had a birthday card and Christmas presents from Grandma. Last year, she presented each granddaughter with a handmade quilt, to the delight of each recipient.
She was an active member of the Malta First Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities including teaching Sunday school, Primary and working in the Relief Society. She was a member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers and enjoyed the association with many friends in the organization.
Hazel not only became a rancher’s wife in 1951, but she worked alongside her husband driving tractor and taking care of the cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, and, raising crops. Cattle drives were a family affair and everyone had a job. Her business responsibilities increased as she took on caring for business properties and apartments, in addition to her farm tasks. Yet, she seemed to always make time for helping her children, whether it was being a room mother at school, driving children to activities, or encouraging them with homework. She was an avid gardener harvesting a large garden each year and canning or freezing the produce. She enjoyed plants inside and out always trying to grow something new or different to see if it would survived the harsh elements of the valley. She loved to crochet and made many fancy doilies, pillowcase edgings, and baby afghans for gifts. Additionally, she played a mean game of go-fish with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Glenn; their three children, Lorin Jones (Becky), Glenda Bodily (Norman), and Rose Brown (Kelly); a sister, Helen Stratton; her brothers, David Robbins, Dick Robbins, Dale Robbins, and Milton Robbins; sister, Vickie Mehares; brother, Rex Robbins; and sister, Marianne Reel; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren; She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; three sisters; two grandsons; and granddaughter.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Malta LDS Church with Bishop Richard Hall conducting. Burial will be in Valley Vu Cemetery in Malta.
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from noon until 12:45 p.m. Thursday, preceding the service at the church.