Meredith Hanseen Jones
, 94, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021, in Gilbert, Arizona due to dementia.
She was born to Vincent Hanseen and Lillian Thompson Hanseen on September 30, 1926, in Scipio, Millard County, Utah. She was the 4
of 7 children. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Millard High School where she was a baton twirler. She attended Brigham Young University where she met her husband Clarence Jones. She graduated with a degree in Home Economics. They married on June 8, 1948, and resided in Salt Lake City where she worked at Sears and Roebuck as a secretary while Clarence attended the University of Utah. After graduation, they moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, then Los Angeles, and settled in Los Altos, California in 1957 where they raised 3 children and resided for over 60 years.
Meredith was a stay-at-home Mom and was involved in lots of charitable work. She volunteered at the Children’s Health Council and belonged to the American Association of University Women. She used her college training as she joined a neighborhood sewing club and made clothes for her daughters including formals and costumes. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader and a member of PTA and a room mother. Meredith valued education and enjoyed politics and the arts. She was known for her delicious Pecan Pie. She had a real sweet tooth which she blamed on her Swedish heritage. She loved See’s chocolates and black licorice. She stood out in a crowd because she retained her natural black hair color with only touches of gray and was often thought to be much younger.
Meredith was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and worked in many callings. She worked with the young women of the church. Her favorite was teaching Primary and she particularly loved her class of active boys. She also served as a worker in the Oakland Temple after the passing of her husband in 2005.
After her children left home, Meredith did secretarial and office work and also traveled the world. We can hardly think of a country she has not visited. She was also a good neighbor and friend. Her friends always commented on her smile and giggle. She was always willing to help others and was a tireless worker. She visited her girl’s homes to see her grandchildren and was always busy cleaning, folding laundry, and babysitting. She always loved babies. She said she preferred them because they were too young to talk back! She visited her son in Oregon and helped with his charity events including putting together Thanksgiving food baskets. She was a loving sister and aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Meredith is survived by her son Randall C. Jones of Gilbert, Arizona, daughters Marjean Livingston (Clyde) of St. Louis, Missouri, Susan Garside (Blake) of Gilbert, Arizona, and 6 grandchildren and their spouses; Kevin Livingston (Emma) of Seattle, Washington, Eric Livingston (Jenny) of Kansas City, Missouri, Amy Fitzgibbons (Ryan) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Brian Garside (Nicole) of Ashburn, Virginia, Alissa Norsworthy (Brandon) of Gilbert, Arizona and Brandon Garside (Kelsey) of Gilbert, Arizona, and 21 beautiful great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Glenda Shrader of Salt Lake City, Utah, and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all.
A memorial service and interment will take place at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah on June 5, 2021, with details to follow.