Nancy Jones

Nancy Kay Jones passed away on March 30, 2016, in Denver, Colorado , with her brother Dennis at her side. She was 64. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 pm at the REACH Foundation Clubhouse in Riverton. She was born in Riverton, Wyoming, on February 17, 1952, to Eldon and Irene (Zimbal) Jones. Nancy grew up in Pavillion, Wyoming , and attended Wind River Schools, graduating in 1970. She graduated from Principia College in Alton, Illinois, with a degree in English. Nancy was an English and Drama teacher at Wind River High School for her entire career, and she truly touched the lives of countless students. She created a love of literature, poetry and expression through writing. She taught drama, and in addition to directing, she constructed and painted sets, engineere sound and lighting , created cosumes, did show publicity, and accompanied singers and rehearsed music. She honestly did it all. Several former students have careers in the performance arts with some as far away as Los Angeles and New York City. She also coached speech and debate. Nancy created and directed two innovative school wide multidisciplinary projects at Wind River, and she served as an educational facilitator after leaving the classroom. She continued teaching even after retirement, giving private music lessons including piano, ukulele, and voice. She also taught knitting and needle felting as Community Education courses. Music and theatre were an integral part of Nancy’s life. She took part in Central Wyoming College’s Collegiate Chorale. She also organized and sang with a group of educators who performed at numerous events, with their specialty being an A cappella version of the national anthem. She played in the orchestra for various college musicals, and she was a volunteer usher and front of house staff for the CWC Theater department. Nancy directed the Pavillion Players, a theatre group, which provided the opportunity for local citizens to be on stage. Echoes of the laughter brought on by her productions still ring in the hearts of the community. Nancy was a member of the Fremont Fiber Arts Guild. She created incredible works of art through the process of needle felting with wool, and she was an expert knitter. Family and friends often received exquisite handmade gifts. Nancy was a true Wyoming girl who loved the outdoors. She was an avid water skier, and she loved to give others the opportunity to join her on the lake. She was a rock climber, and she with her brother Dennis, climbed Gannett Peak. She was the eleventh person and the first woman to sign the register at the top of the Washakie Needles. She was always up for a snow skiing adventure, and joined the Wind River Ski Club trips often. Nancy loved being able to traverse the trails of Wyoming on her four wheeler. She often invited others to ride her extra machine, so they could experience the wilderness with her. A favorite ride was Indian Ridge. She is survived by her brother, Dennis Jones of Denver, Colorado, niece Natalie Jones of Des Moines, Iowa, and nephew Tyler Jones of Denver. She is also survived by her dear friends and community family in Wyoming. Condolences may be sent to the Jones family at 46 Dodrill Road, Riverton. The family asks that memorials be made to your favorite charity in her name. #county10 #obits