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Ann Jones

March 18, 1919 December 2, 2020
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Peoria- Ann Jones died peacefully on December 2, 2020 at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria. She was born on March 18, 1919 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska to George O. and Hallie Parmele Dovey. 

Ann is survived by daughters Sue Bosier of Denver and Cathy Curtis of Peoria, son James Curtis of Portsmouth, Ohio, step-daughters Marty Frese of Pekin and Betsy Bladel of Peoria, her sister Adele Bailie of Fort Lauderdale, and several nieces and nephews. Her grandchildren are Alexander Curtis, Aerin (Josh) Einstein Curtis, James (Jenn) Bosier, and Cathy Bosier.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Parmele and William Dovey.

Ann married D. Norman Jones in 1985 in Peoria. Together, they traveled widely in the United States and abroad. He died in 1989.

Ann grew up atop the high bluff in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, overlooking the Missouri River. Attending classes on an opposite ridge, Ann and her siblings really did, as she frequently pointed out to her own children, walk uphill both ways to and from school. In her childhood, Ann summered with family in rural Seward, Nebraska.

Ann graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, where she lettered in swimming. She last informally celebrated her 81st Shortridge class reunion in Covington Indiana in 2017 with her classmate, Jane Merrill. 

A graduate of Monticello College in Alton and Bradley University in Peoria, Ann smiles among friends in the photo mural on the wall of the new Bradley University Alumni Building. 

In a multifaceted career, Ann worked as a dietician at South Side Hospital in Chicago and at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. She later served as a librarian for many years at Illinois Central College.

Ann was a seventy-five year member of PEO Chapter FQ in Peoria, and active as an Elder in the United Presbyterian Church. She belonged to the Methodist Hospital Service League, the Peoria Garden Club, and the Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club. Ann took many opportunities to volunteer, including at the Methodist Hospital Gift Shop, for United Way Campaigns, and as a member of the Peoria Dental Auxiliary. She served as Girl Scout leader for her daughters, and room mother for each of her children at Columbia School.

Always participating in sports, Ann played golf at Mt. Hawley Country Club, and as a member of the Peoria Women's Golf League. There, she regularly set category records as both her handicap and her age converged in the upper 80s. As a small-boat sailor for many years, Ann crewed for her brother Bill, sailing competitively from the Ivy Club in Peoria. A lifelong bridge player, Ann played in multiple bridge groups until the spring of 2020.

Especially important to Ann were the people she loved. In celebration of her life, Ann has expressed the wish that everyone honor her memory by taking a friend to lunch once conditions allow.

Cremation rights have been accorded. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto


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