JERSEYVILLE - Nora Irene (Lyles) Jones, 86, of Jerseyville passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital.
She was born November 2, 1934 in Jersey County to Harry and Edna (Devening) Lyles.
On July 26, 1956 she married Norman Jones and they shared 62 years of marriage before his death on November 4, 2018.
Nora was a life-long resident of Jersey County. She attended Jersey Township High School and worked for a time at the Shoe Factory in Jerseyville. She was a homemaker, taking care of not only her family, but anyone else who needed help, young or old.
In her earlier years, Nora enjoyed bowling and golf. Throughout her life, she enjoyed being active and working outside, whether mowing at the Raftis farm, working in her garden or mushrooming. She loved to cook and was known for her pies and macaroni & cheese. She also enjoyed playing rummy with her children and grandchildren, word search puzzles, watching golf on tv and, always, a winning trip to “the boat.” In her later years, Nora could regularly be found on her screen porch or driveway enjoying the sun.
By far, her greatest joy was to have her family, especially her grandkids, around her, whether for a holiday meal or a weekly visit. Until the COVID Thanksgiving of 2020, she had hosted a Thanksgiving family gathering every year for 63 years and she was already looking forward to 2021’s gathering.
She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca (Tony) Pearlstone of Creve Coeur, Missouri and Jane (Stan) Vlasak of Maryville, Illinois; six grandchildren, Katherine (Andrew) Lemmons of Kansas City, Missouri, Nick and Jack Pearlstone of Creve Coeur, Missouri, Sara (fiance Joey Coulson) Vlasak of Highland, Illinois, Sam Vlasak of Columbia, Missouri and Spencer Vlasak of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two brothers James Lyles and Robert (Jeananne) Lyles; three sisters, Lillie Wilson, Edie (Bernie) Dugger (all of Jeseyville) and twin sister Cora Hadlock of Casper Wyoming; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her beloved grandson Matt Pearlstone (Age 19, March 2006), brothers L.C. Lyles, Herbert Lyles and Dick Lyles, and sisters Ruby Williams, Essie Heitzig, Hazel “Pete” Jones, Mickey Wallace, Mae Vickers, Janice O’Brien and Violet and Dottie Lyles in infancy.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine, a gathering for family and friends to share a meal and remember Nora will be held this summer. Crawford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
We would especially like to thank the Dugger family for all the care and happiness they gave Mom over the last two years.
In lieu of flowers, plants or trees, if desired, please consider donations to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.
Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville has been entrusted with arrangements.
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