AMY LOUISE JONES (NEE EATON)
FEB 26, 1960 – FEB. 7, 2024
Amy Louise Jones passed away at home with her husband, Donald L. Jones, at her bedside following a lingering fight with lung cancer.
Born in Plainfield on February 26, 1960, Amy is survived by her sons Henry (Sarah) and Matthew (Jessica) Nicola, siblings Timothy (Laurie) Eaton and Ruth (Tim) Armstrong, cherished grandmother to Allison and Hayden Nicola, stepchildren Christopher, Patrick (Jenny) Jones and Julie (Dan) Wilson, step grandchildren Jacob, Brandon, Kaitlyn, Hannah Jones and Benjamin Wilson.
Amy is preceded in death by father, Ronald Eaton (1937-2002), mother, Norma (Francis) Eaton (1939-2023), and brother Robert (Jill) Eaton (1957-2021).
Amy grew up in Minooka. She graduated from MCHS in 1978 and worked several jobs while raising her sons. She joined the staff of Joliet Township High School as a secretary in the Grant Proposal Department. Then at Plainfield School District, as a secretary in the Facilities Maintenance Department. She retired in 2017 due to lung surgery.
Amy visited many places from Mackinaw Island to Fort Meyers, Washington D.C. to Arizona and was frequently accompanied by grandchildren, especially Allison. She often traveled near and far with Don to many steam thresher shows, antique engine shows, museums and historical displays.
Amy’s recent two trips to Hawaii were her most cherished memories. Both were with her cousin Lora, where they visited their cousin Karen last spring and later with Allison. Amy always loved to watch & film scenes of sunrises/sunsets, especially when she was near the oceanside.
Amy’s love of flower gardening, especially roses, was consummate. The garden display at her Rockdale home mirrors the gardens of Cantigny Park in beauty and variety. Amy always stopped to smell the roses, literally, wherever she went. She would often name her flowers after loved ones.
Amy loved dogs and was always in the presence of a minimum of two. Her friends will remember Chermy, Huckleberry, Tigger, Buster, Rigley, Phoenix and others. She also volunteered at a dog shelter after retirement where she fostered many dogs. She freed the dogs from cages, walked them at parks, bought them BK hamburgers, brought them home to a fenced yard, and showered them with kindness and love that they needed most. Phoenix was a “failed” foster she just couldn’t part with.
Amy’s deep faith in Christ’s love strengthened her as the cancer progressed. Amy was eternally grateful for the love, comfort, and companionship her bible study group provided. The love and support of her devoted friend, Peggy Hausser, in her last days was truly a blessing from God.
To honor her wishes, Amy’s ashes will be scattered in the ocean near St. Augustine, FL, where she has vacationed annually for many years. She planned on spending this Winter there, but the crippling pain forced her to return to family and friends. No visitation is scheduled.
The world has lost a beautiful flower with her passing. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Lightways Hospice in Joliet (lightways.org) in her honor. If you are a gardener, please plant a flower and grace it with the name “Amy”, it will blossom beautifully.