La Grande, Oregon

Karen L. Jones, 57, of La Grande, died Aug. 27 at a local care center after a long battle with cancer. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.

Karen was born on April 1, 1950, to Dale Dean and Dorothy Lois (Ramsey) Meese in Decatur, Ill. She was raised and educated in Decatur, then moved to Southern California. She married Clifton Guy Jones in Valley Vista, Ariz., in September 1999, and in 2000 they moved to La Grande.

Karen loved working in the garden and shopping on QVC. Before becoming ill, she worked as a cook for several local care centers.

She is survived by her husband, Guy of La Grande; brother, Gregory Meese of Surprise, Ariz.; sister, Diane Bickford of Surprise; daughter, Lennore Merx of San Francisco; mother, Dorothy Meese of Surprise; one grandson and a granddaughter on the way. Karen was preceded in death by her father and a son, John.

La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending September 1, 2007 Published: September 1, 2007