Louise Annette Jones passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Louise was born on January 4, 1944 to Stanton and Dorothy Agee in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in the Echo Park district in the shadow of Dodger Stadium. By her high school years the family had moved to Mar Vista, on the west side of Los Angeles. Louise was in her teens when her sisters Laurel and Susan were born. Helping to care for them was one of her proudest accomplishments in those early years.
Louise was a woman with a purpose. In a time when women had limited opportunities, she knew that she was destined for more than what she was told she could be. She loved The Beatles and The Beach Boys and was a California Girl from the start. She always knew that she wanted to go to UCLA. She started studying engineering but changed her track to French literature in order to get her teaching credential. One fateful Saturday, she went to a Dodgers game with a friend and met Thomas Jones. They fell in love and married in 1964.
Louise worked at Pacific Telephone as a manager after graduating UCLA in 1965. She had many struggles with the glass ceiling as a manager, so she and Tom together decided to start their own business. During this time they started buying apartment buildings. Over the years they built several solid businesses, including investment real estate, a property management company, and several Harley Davidson dealerships which provided the foundation for the adventures the next several decades would bring.
Louise was so generous. She was a contributor at Blue Ribbon and the Church of Our Saviour Center. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and she was a Governor Emerti of the Huntington Library Art Museum and Gardens. She also donated to each university that her children attended.
Louise joined the LA Sheriff’s Department in the early 70s as a volunteer, and later became a Drill Instructor for the Sheriff’s Academy. She was a well respected instructor and leader. She loved to be able to give back to the community; holding several leadership positions with Five Acres, and other Los Angeles organizations. She also donated to Five Acres charity, as well as the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and many other charities and schools. She truly valued generosity and helping those who needed help.
Louise was a traveler. There was always a wild spot on the map to visit; the list of upcoming trips constantly grew. If she didn’t adventure with Tom, she went with one of her children, or another family member. Family was very important to her.
Louise knew where she was going and was determined to get there. Her tenacity manifested itself in many ways. One of them was her passion for sports. She loved UCLA basketball and football. She was a major donor to the UCLA Foundation. Louise also competed in the Senior Women’s Weightlifting League, holding several world records. If that wasn’t enough, Louise was the founding member of the Senior Women’s Basketball League in Pasadena. She was instrumental in getting the club off the ground and recruiting like minded women to play basketball. The team has gone on to play in national competitions all over the country.
When cancer found her for a second time, she only talked about getting better. She knew that she would find the right treatment to get her to the cure. Treatment was always the choice. There was never an option for the end of her life. She was going to fight until the end.
Louise is survived by her children, who are the products of her love and strength. Suzanne Annette Jones Dunn (Damon), Kevin Frederick Kemon Jones (Lindsey), Jeffrey Thomas Jones (Kristen), and Stephen Thomas Jefferson Jones (Brittany) have been fortunate enough to have been loved by her, raised by her, and taught by her. They are passing Louise’s values and legacy on to her seven grandchildren.
Louise is also survived by her sisters, Laurel Agee Dial, and Susan Agee Mushinsky (Russ) and her nieces Erika Dial, Allison Dial, and Amanda Dial.
We’ll miss you Mom.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center cancer.ucla.edu/giving