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Teru Jones

November 9, 2018


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Teru Chikamori Jones
Passed away peacefully at The Terraces at Fountaingrove Lodge on November 9, 2018 in Santa Rosa, CA. She was 92 years old.
Teru was born on January 2, 1926 in Takushima-Ken, Japan. She came to the United States in 1950 to attend The California College of Arts in Oakland, CA. She graduated in 1954 with a degree in Commercial Art and Advertising. While in school, she met Stanford W. Jones Jr., a Red Cross employee, World War II and Korean War Vet, and Army Reservist. They married in Japan on August 19, 1955, and lived there until returning to the United States in 1958 to start a hospitality business in Oakland, CA. Teru pursued a five year advertising career before becoming a full-time wife, mother and hospitality manager. The Joneses sold their hospitality business in 1975 but remained in Oakland where Teru started working for Bank of America. In 1977, the Joneses moved to Sebastopol CA, where Teru maintained her position at Bank of America in Santa Rosa, until she retired in 1993 at the age of 67.
Teru was very active in her retirement years, traveling to Europe, Japan, Jamaica, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Cape Cod and Boston. She was a regular at the Sebastopol Senior Center, playing cards there twice a week, and going on many day trips to visit points of interest all over the North Bay and San Francisco. She was also a volunteer “Cat Cuddler” at the Sonoma County Humane Society. Teru had a thirst for adventure, a hunger for knowledge, and a sweet curiosity about anyone who came into contact with her.
Teru is survived by her daughter, Pamela E. Jones of Salinas, CA; her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Y. Jones and Marton K. Dowers of El Sobrante, CA; her brother-in-law, William R. Jones of Venice, FL, and six nieces and nephews, along with their families, in Rhode Island Maine, Texas and Japan. She is preceded in death by her husband, Stanford W. Jones Jr.; her son-in-law, David W. Wardlaw; and her sisters, Kazuko Chikamori and Shigeko Chikamori.
A celebration of life will take place on December 8, 2018; 2:00 p.m. at The Terraces at Fountaingrove Lodge, 4200 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa, CA. Teru’s final resting place is beside her husband at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park in Sebastopol, CA. In lieu of flowers, please donate online to the Humane Society of Sonoma County: