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Obituary Barbara A. Jones

Barbara Ann (Montgomery) Bradley Jones

Barbara Ann (Montgomery) Bradley Jones passed away early Tuesday morning on June 7, 2022 surrounded by family, following a long battle with cancer. She is finally free and gone to rest. 

Jones roared into this world on March11,1952, the second daughter of 5 children born to Emmett Henderson and Corrie Delaney Montgomery. She was the middle child and acted accordingly! Her sisters joke about how she used to beat her dolls. How could we know she would be such a wonderful mother.

Born and raised Catholic, she attended St. Edward Elementary school where she became best friends forever with Joan Thoensen. Jones did not want to attend an all-girls Catholic High School so she made a deal with her parents that she would try one year and if she did not like it, she could go to Public School. She kept her promise but left Immaculate after her first year to attend and graduate from Rainier Beach High School. As a graduating senior, she received the coveted Max H. Block Human Relations award recognizing students who demonstrate outstanding conduct.

Following high school, Jones worked for and became a valued member of the Human Rights Commission as well as City of Bellevue Personnel. She also became a mother to her first born, Lena Pinchback and excelled at creating Home. Jones met and married Raymond Bradley, then a Porter for the railroad. She followed her husband to Pasadena, California then to Oklahoma City where they spent most of their years together. They had two more daughters and built a strong family network; overcoming their challenges to be reborn together in their Oklahoma Church. Always a leader, Jones became a supervisor in her job there and continued to be a strong advocate for others. After Raymond passed in 2003, Jones returned home to Seattle in 2004 to care for her ailing mother. Here she settled into her passion of taking caring for others. She reunited with and married her high school sweetheart, Douglas Jones. They married in 2006; almost four decades later that flame was still alive.

Jones leaves a huge void in the hearts of her family and friends who always felt her love or were entertained by her funny sayings. Doug jokes that he could write an entire book of her sayings!

Although she devoted her life as a caregiver, she was blessed to have Doug by her side to care for her through this battle as only he could. 

Jones was preceded in death by her parents Emmett and Delaney; her brother Edward Glen Montgomery, and her former husband Raymond Bradley. 

She is survived by her husband Douglas Jones, her children Raymond (Cheryll) Bradley, Dorla Bradley-Davis, Shelby (Ken) Owens, Lena (Frederic) Cato, Teneshea Bradley, LaKesha (Modou) Bradley, Christina (Anthony) Simons, and Jana (Phillippe) Cook; her sisters Judith Montgomery Hightower ( Lamar), Sandra Montgomery and Patricia Fox (Darren). She also leaves behind 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren that she loved so dearly, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life for Barbara A. Jones will be held this Friday, June 17, 2022 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 926 35th Avenue S., Seattle, WA  98122.

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