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Lorraine Koenig Jones

Former Durango resident Lorraine Jones died of Alzheimer’s disease Friday, June 28, 2013, at her home in Albuquerque. She was 86.

Mrs. Jones was born in Racine, Wis., on Sept. 25, 1926, to Leo Bertrand and Rose Koenig. She attended nursing school, earning her registered nurse license and moved to the Southwest.

She met her future husband, Marion Jones, at the NCO club at Sandia Base in Albuquerque while he was serving in the Army and while she was working at the Veterans Administration Hospital. They were married May 6, 1955 and lived in Monterey, Calif., Lawton, Okla., and Hobbs, N.M., for most of their children’s formative years, the family said.

The couple bought a summer home in Durango, “where they spent many cherished family vacations and summers before moving to Durango permanently in 1981. They returned to live in Albuquerque in 2012,” the family said.

Mrs. Jones worked as a nurse at the former Mercy Hospital for 15 years, mostly in the intensive care unit, after the Joneses moved to Durango for their retirement.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Marion Jones of Albuquerque; sons Mark Jones of Bosque Farms, N.M., Tom Jones of Westminster, David Jones of Mesa, Ariz., and Paul Jones of Albuquerque; daughter, Susan Snell of Aurora; and five grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Organization at www.alz.org.

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