Gloria Jean (Zellitti) Jones

Former Durango resident Gloria Jean (Zellitti) Jones died of liver failure Monday, May 28, 2012, at Hospice of Denver in Denver. She was 60.

Mrs. Jones was born to Jean and Frank Zellitti Jr., on Feb. 7, 1952, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her family moved to Durango when she was an infant. Her grandparents Frank and Concetta Zellitti had immigrated to Durango from Italy in the early 1900s.

After graduating from Durango High School in 1970, she earned her licensed practical nursing degree from San Juan Vo-Tech. Mrs. Jones worked at Mercy Hospital until she was in her early 20s, when she moved to the Denver area.

On Aug. 22, 1981, she married Thomas Jones in Durango.

In Denver, Mrs. Jones earned her registered nurse credentials. She worked at Mercy Hospital there before transitioning to the nursing-home field. She worked several places, including serving as director of nurses at Christopher House and administrator of a nursing home.

“She was a dedicated nurse for more than 40 years,” said her sister, Teresa Pell. “All those years in nursing homes, she particularly loved the Alzheimer’s patients, and they loved her.”

Mrs. Jones enjoying shopping at thrift stores and garage sales, crocheting, going to movies and spending time with family.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband of more than 30 years, Thomas Jones, just two months before her own death.

She is survived by her sister, Teresa Pell, of Durango; brother, John Zellitti of Castle Rock; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

A graveside service was held Monday, June 11, 2012, at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.