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Thelma "Sue" Jones

Thelma Thelma “Sue” (Losey) Jones died on January 14, 2019 at the age of 69. Sue was born on July 9, 1949 to Jim and Thelma (Rawlings) Losey and lived on the family farm in Gove County Kansas with her three half siblings – Bill, Wilma and Bob.

Sue was very athletic at Gove Rural High School – lettering in both softball and volleyball. She was very active in 4-H. She was also a baton twirler in school. After graduation in 1967 she attended Colby Community College.

On June 2, 1968 Sue married the love of her life, Leslie “Bruce” Jones. Two children resulted – Cindy Joanne and Stephanie Rannee. In 1969 when Cindy was 6 months old Bruce was drafted by the army due to the Vietnam War. This was an especially hard time for Sue but with family support, she made it through. Sue spent the time working and raising Cindy while Bruce was deployed. In 1971, after Bruce’s military commitment, the family moved to the Manhattan, Ks area where Bruce worked for AT&T. Stephanie was born in 1973 and Sue remained a stay-at-home mother until Stephanie started kindergarten.

While the kids were small, Sue taught Sunday School and was a dedicated 4-H leader. Sue went back to school and attending both Kansas State University and Washburn University where she earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree. Only with Sue’s family support was she able to complete her degree and fulfil her dream of becoming a registered nurse. Sue worked at numerous nursing positions in the area – both Saint Mary’s and Memorial Hospitals, Riley County Home Health Services, and assisted in opening Stoneybrook Nursing Home. She worked as a surveyor at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDH&E) and was in charge of quality improvement for the Kansas North Central District.

In 1998 Sue suffered a severe back injury which resulted in a career-ending disability. After recovering as much as possible, Sue began sewing clothes for her two grandchildren – Elizabeth and Owen. Sue also began creating quilts (a hobby that her mother and grandmother also shared). She was a member of the Konza Prairie Quilters Guild in Manhattan. Sue donated quilts to the area Crisis Center, Veteran’s Center, and numerous family members.

Sue and Bruce had a passion for traveling. Their most adventurous - In 2012 they embarked with their camper and dachshund Casey to Alaska for three months. Sue attempted to travel the United States as much as possible, even after her appendiceal cancer diagnosis in 2014. Together Sue and Bruce visited all but 4 states.

Sue really loved her dachshunds. She could be seen around Manhattan with Oscar, and later Casey, riding on her lap while she cruised around in her wheelchair. More people around the area knew her dog’s name than they knew Sue or Bruce’s names.

Sue is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Stephanie Jones-Yarges; sister-in-law Marlene Swink-Losey and brother-in-law Tom Maier.

Sue is survived by her loving husband Bruce; dog Casey; one daughter Cindy Diederich and her husband John of Wamego; two grandchildren: Elizabeth Yarges and husband Sasha Pokrovski of Columbia Heights, Mn. and Owen Yarges of Anoka, Mn.; half-brothers Bill (Betsy) Losey, Hays, Ks. and Bob (Jeanita) Losey, Grinnell, Ks.; a half-sister Wilma (Lloyd) Peterson, Overland Park, Ks.; numerous sisters and brothers-in law and nieces and nephews.

Cremation is planned with a celebration of life at University Christian Church at 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 28th, with Pastor Ryan Hayden officiating. Private family inurnment will be in Sunrise Cemetery at a later date.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Sunday, January 27th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

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In lieu of flowers, Sue requests memorial contributions be made to either University Christian Church or Samaritan’s Purse. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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