February 16, 1926 – February 7, 2019
Dorothy Pat O’Brien Jones passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 7, 2019, after a short illness.
She was 92 years young. Born in Dallas, Dorothy graduated from St. Edwards academy, studied at SMU and worked with the American Red Cross and USO during World War II. She spent her life as a devoted Catholic, defender of the unborn, and lover of her grandson, nieces, nephews and cousins. Dorothy met her husband, Bob Jones, in 1950.
They were married in 1952 and spent 67 blissful years together. Bob often said she was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. The two embarked on a wonderful and loving life, with Bob’s geophysics degree from Texas A&M taking them to all corners of the world. In all, Bob and Dorothy moved 17 times. Their life’s adventure took them from the dusty plains of West Texas to the rainy roads of Louisiana to the rolling hills of Oklahoma. They also spent time in Mississippi and Southern California, eventually settling in Anchorage, Alaska, where they lived more than a decade. Stories of their adventures from the Last Frontier filled countless family dinners and holiday get-togethers over the years.
It was in Anchorage that Dorothy experienced what she called the second greatest moment of her life: meeting Pope John Paul II. Her greatest moment, though, was the birth of her daughter – Patricia Jones McMahon. Over the years, Dorothy volunteered her time at the VA Hospital in Muskogee Oklahoma and was a Girl Scout leader in Los Angeles. In addition to her deep faith and love of family, Dorothy was known as a feisty Backgammon player and card shark.
Her legendary gamesmanship had her playing bridge in the governor's Mansion in Jackson, Mississippi, and the governor’s house in Anchorage … and just about everywhere else in-between. Her loving touch was most notable when she cradled her young nieces and nephews.
Her warm embrace calmed countless crying youngsters over the years. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Bob; her daughter, Patricia McMahon; and her grandson; Taylor Jones Mc Mahon; and many loving and caring nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Rosemary Walker, and brothers David O'Brien and James O'Brien.
Services will be held on Friday February 15th at St. Thomas Aquinas Church (6306 Kenwood Ave.) Dallas. Rosary Starts at 10am. Memorial Mass starts at 10:30am. in lieu of flowers please send donations to: the SPCA of Dallas, Habitat for Humanity or St. Jude’s Children’s hospital.
- Rosary Service Friday, February 15, 2019
- Memorial Mass Friday, February 15, 2019
February 16, 2019
Dear Bob, Tricia and Taylor:
My condolences got out to the three of you. I just received Taylor's email this morning (February 16th) telling me of Dorothy's passing. When I did not hear from you at Christmas I felt that things were not going too well. Gord and I had great respect for both Dorothy & Bob and love for both Tricia and Taylor. I am thankful for the times that we spent together. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
February 12, 2019
We were so fortunate and blessed to have known Aunt Dorothy. We have fond memories of the times we spent with her. She was kind, caring and loving and always had a beautiful smile. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to Uncle Bob, Tricia and Taylor. Eternal Rest grant unto her O Lord and Perpetual Light shine upon her. May her soul Rest In Peace. Marina, Maurice and our family.