Sandra Birch Jones passed away in her home and was embraced into the loving arms of her sweetheart, Jerry M Jones the evening of December 9, 2023. Sandra was born in Montpelier, Idaho, on September 20, 1945, the youngest daughter of Clarence Wesley Birch and Eleanor Jennie Tasso. She grew up in the small town of Cokeville, Wyoming, where she was referred to as Dad's little "tomboy", enjoying fishing and playing outdoors. Her Mother spent time teaching her to cook and sew, there a passion was created that carried Sandy throughout the rest of her life.
After high school graduation, she continued with an education and attended the University of Wyoming earning a bachelor's degree in Home Economics. The University of Wyoming held wonderful memories for her as she was active as Captain of the Drill team and met her sweetheart and eternal companion, Jerry M Jones. Jerry was leaving on an LDS mission, sadly having to leave Sandy at the University, but not without making sure everyone knew that she was "his girl". Sandy said it was the loneliest 2 years of college since no one would date her or wanted to answer to Jerry when he got back if they did. So…Sandy and her best friend jumped in the car for an "educational visit" to NYC where Jerry was serving his LDS mission. They were perfect for each other and on August 4, 1966, Sandy and Jerry were married in the Logan, Temple. Their adventures together lead them to Portland, Oregon where they raised 6 children and later to Centerville, Utah. Sandy and Jerry gave some of the best earlier family memories on the beach of Neskowin and the campsites of Wallowa Lake. Family time was important to her, and she was a constant force in supporting extracurricular activities and family outings. She was also very attentive to detail and no card game was ever without snacks and no dinner was without a full display of appetizers.
Sandy was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in numerous capacities including Relief Society President, Young Women advisor and many compassionate service callings.
Sandy was also passionate about teaching and serving in her communities. Outside of her busy commitment to raising and caring for a family of 8, she would teach Art, Cooking, Sewing and English. She also spent 25 years volunteering for Pennies By the Inch, which raised millions in donations that went towards Primary Childrens Medical Center. She was devoted to serving and served as Chairman of the Board to that foundation, encouraging so many others to join in the cause with her. Sandy loved her family and watching it grow, she was always looking forward to cooking big meals for everyone when they came into town for holidays or summer weekends. She was so proud of each of her children and their successes, she loved to talk to her friends about the newest update about each of them. She was proud of her children and grandchildren and will be remembered as loving them to her fullest.
She is survived by her six children, Greg Jones (Wendy), Marc Andrus (Rusty), Jeff Jones (Raenell), Lynne Biehler (Brandon), Jennie Murri (Jason), Michelle Jones, 20 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sweetheart, Jerry M Jones.
We would like to thank all family and friends who supported our mother and family throughout the years. Our hearts our humbled by the love and kindness you all have shown. Thank you.
Funeral services held at Deuel Creek Ward building, 690 North 400 West, Centerville, Ut., on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. with a viewing prior to services from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Interment - Centerville City Cemetery.