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Patricia "Patty" Jones '80 September 7, 2020 11:02 AM updated: September 7, 2020 11:43 AM

Patricia Oswald Jones, 62, died surrounded by her loving family on September 1, 2020, from multiple myeloma. An online memorial service celebrating her life will be on Sat., Sept. 5, 2020, at 1pm CDT.

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Her deep, abiding faith in God strengthened her throughout the many challenges in her life's journey.
Patricia was born June 11, 1958 in Fulle
rton, CA, to Leonard John Oswald, Jr. and Ruth Vandrovec Oswald. With her mother and brothers, she moved to Waco, Texas, as an infant. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School and Reicher Catholic High School, graduating with high honors in 1976. Throughout high school, Patty was a track star, winning the TCIL state championship in the 220-yard dash all four years. In 1980, she graduated from Texas A&M University with an Industrial Distribution degree.

On Dec. 20, 1980, she married Arthur T. Jones, Jr., ’80, in College Station, Texas. They were the parents of four daughters. Patricia raised her daughters to love the Lord. They remember her as a hard-working Christian mother who devoted her life to them, home-schooled them, loved them unconditionally, and wanted the best for them.

Patricia worked tirelessly and patiently with many children as a private tutor and teacher. She taught special education classes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, public schools from 2003 until her cancer diagnosis in 2019. She enthusiastically taught children Sunday school and Bible verses with the Awana ministry in Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque. She also was a licensed real estate agent in Nebraska, where she assisted her daughter Rachel.

Patricia loved adventure and enjoyed travels to many national parks and three continents. She explored the Great Wall of China, Hong Kong, and Beijing. In Peru, she climbed to the ancient Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu. In Spain, she traveled to Seville, Barcelona, and Madrid. Her ashes will be scattered by her daughters on a cruise to Alaska, a place she always wanted to travel with them.

Her advice to others would be to have a relationship with God, read God's word, pause to enjoy God's creation on walks, and live within your means.

Patricia is survived by her four daughters and three sons-in-law: Elizabeth Cortes, husband Robert; Rebecca Jones; Rachel Tiller, husband Brandon; and Sarah Johnson, husband Ben. Patricia's grandchildren, Titus, Levi, and Hannah Tiller, were the lights of her life. She was visiting them in Lakeway, Texas, when she died.
She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Leonard and Joann Oswald ’75 and Donald and Cynthia Oswald. She was preceded in death by her half-sister, Mary Oswald Hettwer.

Her favorite verses, which she wrote on the glass windows of her hospital room, were:
Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.”

2 Chronicles 20:15
"Thus says God to you: ‘Do not fear or be dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours but God’s."

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