Jo "Jody" Ellen Jones
December 13, 1952 – October 5, 2020
Jody’s heart has always been full to the brim with joys and sorrows. It gave and gave for more than twenty years – until today - when it finally gave way.
It is with tremendous sadness that we share the passing of Jody Jones – our founder, leader, teacher, and most of all - our dear friend.
Words are incredibly hard to find at this time. None seem sufficient for the impact that this tiny, determined woman had on so many. To live a life of meaning is what we all hope for. Jody lived that and more. She literally made a difference in the lives of thousands. She taught compassion, hope, acceptance, and forgiveness – and to always say “yes, we can.” And with equal determination, we now say “yes, we can” continue her legacy as she would wish.
Homeward Bound has always been a work in progress. Dreams are like that. You pick up where you left off and you imagine something new. The job of those of us with years of tenure is now to walk in her shoes and inspire the next generation to carry forward the vision. They will make it their own. But at its heart there will always be a bright shining star leading us down the right path following one guiding principle: It’s All About the Dogs.
It was good that our beloved Red went ahead. That way, he could greet Jody at the bridge along with Chelsea, Lucky, Tilly, and countless others. There is an incredibly special place in heaven for this amazing woman. Filled with birds chirping, endless sunrises, overflowing gardens, and dogs, dogs, dogs.
Godspeed and guide us. We’ll meet you there, dear friend.
Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary Inc.
7495 Natomas Road, Elverta, California 95626