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Marilyn Diana Jones
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 • Posted November 18, 2009

Marilyn Diana Jones died Friday, Nov. 13, of ovarian cancer at the age of 62. She was born in San Francisco in 1947. During her youth, due to her father’s job for the Veterans Administration as a hospital administrator, her family moved on average every three years. During those years she lived in San Francisco, CA; Tacoma, WA; Menlo Park, CA; Hot Springs, SD; Milford, CN; and Walla Walla, WA. She attended colleges in both California and Washington State.

As an adult she lived in the San Francisco area; Puget Sound area in Washington; Petersburg, Alaska; Bisbee, Arizona, and finally moving to Mason Texas in December, 2006.

Her passions were animals, defending human rights, and being a life-long-learner. During her working life she held more jobs than even she could count. They varied from being a secretary to driving a fork lift. She thrived doing temporary work because she could be constantly learning new things.

She was funny, fearless, and blessed with many talents, among them writing, and an ability to make friends wherever she went. She was generous to her friends, and to her communities at large, doing volunteer work for many organizations. Besides volunteering at various animal shelters, she did animal rescue on her own, calling her effort "One Dog at a Time". She would adopt dogs that were scheduled for imminent euthanasia and then foster them until she could place them in permanent homes. The dogs that she kept for herself were often the oldest and most unadoptable.

As a memorial to Marilyn, her sister is going to keep Marilyn’s website alive. Those who would like to know Marilyn better, are invited to visit her website at, to enjoy her irreverent humor and observations .

Marilyn was diagnosed with cancer just 4 months after moving to Mason. She said many times that she felt fortunate to have chosen Mason where people were so helpful to her.

In her final act of generosity, she donated her body for medical research. At her request there will be no service.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Andy Goodwin of Bainbridge Island, WA. Rememberances are suggested to Llano Memorial Hospice or to any organization for the benefit of animals.

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