Xinia Idaho Jones journeyed back to her heavenly home on December 29, 2021. She was born November 11, 1929 to Lewis and Mabel Arbaugh in Pioneerville, ID on the ranch that her parents homesteaded in 1908. She lived there year ‘round all her life except for the last 4 ½ years that she spent at River’s Edge Rehabilitation in Emmett, Idaho.
Her childhood was spent helping the family with the Ranch. Weather and chores permitting, she attended classes in the old schoolhouse at the bottom of Grimes Pass. Her mother was a teacher herself so she was taught mostly at home. There was always plenty of haying, hauling, preserving, tending to the animals, fencing and chopping wood that needed to be done. That lifestyle lasted throughout her whole life as she continued to reside on the homestead.
She married James A. Jones on June 10, 1962. Raising turkeys, rabbits, and chickens was always a source of income for Xinia. Many Thanksgivings were spent with one of her big, tasty birds squeezed into the oven. She also kept records for the National Weather Service for 60 years, for which she received many recognition awards. Xinia’s door was always open to friends and family who came to enjoy the splendor of her alpine home. She was a “Mountain Woman” in every sense of the word. Her pet dogs and cats were devoted companions and an important part of her life.
Xinia was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and attended the Idaho City Branch/Ward. She had also served in the Boise Temple as an ordinance worker. Additionally, she was a faithful attendee at the Senior Center in Idaho City.
She is survived by her son, Larry (Shannon); granddaughter Cassaundra; great grandsons, Hayden Jones, Lucas Brock; great granddaughter, Allison Brock; and a huge host of nieces and nephews with greats and great-greats.
She is preceded in death by her spouse, Jimmy; her parents; brother, Jack; sisters, Ruth, Nettie, Nellie; and granddaughters, Jessica Lee Jones and Brittany Jones Brock.
Arrangements are in the care of the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. Services will be held Saturday, January 15th at 2:00 p.m. with a viewing prior to that from 1-1:45 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Idaho City on Hwy 21.
The family would like to express a deep appreciation to all those who gave of their time and efforts to help Xinia in her quest to remain on the homestead for so many years and to the staff at River’s Edge Rehab & Assisted Living in Emmett for their loving care and kindness in Xinia’s behalf.
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