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Obituary - Clarice H. (Mangel) Jones

 

April 17, 2018

Clarice Jones

Clarice H. (Mangel) Jones, 86, was born March 18, 1932, at the family farm of her parents, Helga and Robert Mangel near Comertown, Montana. God granted her wish to love, live and die at her home of 55 years at 800 9th Street. She passed in her sleep in the early morning of April 4, 2018, with immediate family, friends, hospice, and Angel Care by her side 24/7.

Clarice requested her remains to be cremated.

Clarice attended school in Comertown for six years and finished her schooling in Westby, Montana, where she graduated high school in spring of 1950. She started the nursing program at Northern Montana College in Havre, Montana the fall of 1950. She soon met Robert E. Jones at a local Armistice dance and they were married on dad's birthday June 2, 1951. Robert had recently returned to Havre after serving in the U.S. Army in Europe, WW II. Robert worked as an engineer on Great Northern/BNSF for 45 years and Clarice was a stay-at-home mother and raised six kids. They divorced after 25 years of marriage and Clarice never remarried. Robert passed March 11, 1988.

Clarice eventually returned to NMC to receive her LPN in 1977 and worked at the local hospital, nursing home and Golden Triangle Mental Health Center. Clarice also attended massage therapy school in Kennewick, Washington, and became a certified therapist in 1985 and practiced out of her home for several years.

Clarice's biggest enjoyment in her full life was her family, home and close friends. She loved to dance and taught all her kids to dance too. Her other passions were homemaker, scrap booking, piano, card playing, flowers, needle work, dolls collecting, making doll clothes and TV polka party on Saturday nights. Clarice had a reputation of being a very detailed and accomplished seamstress. Whatever Clarice set her mind to, she mastered and perfection reigned. Clarice had a strong moral compass, a giving heart, and was a patriot and faithful practicing Christian. She had an infectious laugh and girly silliness about her in lighter moments that everyone loved. Once Clarice touched your life with her big soft hands she left an unforgettable impression of passion, humor and affection. She had a great memory and shared many stories of her younger life and family history that she captures in a fantastic family album she created for her six kids.

Clarice was the youngest of 13 half- and full brothers and sisters and was the last family member to pass.

Clarice Mangel and Robert E. Jones had six children together, all of whom survive her, and 13 great-gandchildren living across Montana and Colorado, Brian R. Jones, Lacy, Skylar, Courtney, Aurora, Col .; Charleen Anderson (late Gary), Tyson, Seth (deceased); Myrna Morse (late Babe) Brandon, Havre, Mt .; Brad Jones (Merry), Derryck, Levi, Amanda Kay, Belgrade, Mt .; Lorrie Picard (Joe), Jassen, Vanessa, Joely, Aubrey, Bainville, Mt .; Calvin Jones, Emily, Carson.

Clarice fought a long and hard battle to the end, was a great: matriarch, life example, mother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. God has gained a fearless compassionate believer of an Angel to look over her loved ones.

A special "Thank You" from Mom and the Jones family to:

Mikell, Diane, Mavis for their TLC, Love, friendship and services to Clarice all these years and most recently Angel Care (Angela, Brittney, Destiny, etc.), Bear Paw Hospice (Jan, Jessica, Ila, Charleen, etc.) Lincare and Sloan.

Memorial services will be April 21, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Fifth Avenue Christian Church, 2015 Fifth Ave ,. Havre, Mt 59501 (406)-265-7337

Condolences for the family may be left at http://www.hi-linefuneralservices.com

Donations can be made in her memory to: Meals on Wheels Program, North Central Senior Citizens Center 2 Second St. West, Havre MT 59501.

 

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