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JONES, Ruth Anna Pickit One of Antelope Valleys earliest settlers, Ruth Anna Pickit Jones, died on August 4, 2011, at her home in Lancaster. A twin, she was born on Nov. 12, 1903, in Fergus Falls, Minn., to Leslie and Effie Straub Pickit. Her twin sister died at 15 mo. She had one other sister, and two other brothers. The last of her siblings died in 1957. The family moved to the Antelope Valley for her mothers asthmatic condition. However, she passed away when Ruth was 16. She became a boarding student at the Antelope Valley High School where she lived in the girls dormitory and came home on the weekends. She graduated in 1923 - the first of four generations to graduate from AVHS. Her granddaughter, Trish Lockhart was the principal of the school from June 2006 to March 2011. She married Alfred Earl Jones in 1926. They had a very short honeymoon, and started their marriage with 25 cents. She and Earl raised their four children in Palmdale. Upon retirement, they traveled across the states several times before settling in Hemet, Calif., Following Earls death in November 1986, Ruth returned to the Antelope Valley to be near her children. She loved to play cribbage. She didnt miss many of the LA Dodger baseball games on TV. She always voted, and in the early years helped on the Election Boards, counting ballots by hand until early the next morning. She never forgot a birthday, and most cards contained a hand written note in it, in spite of very deformed hands from arthritis. She did that until she reached 107, and her health started to decline. She never complained, and had a smile for everyone she met. Her impact on her family and anyone who met her will never be forgotten. In addition to her parents and husband of 60 years, she was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, and one grand-daughter. Surviving are her children, Barbara Daggett, Marvin Jones, Dale Jones (Beverly), and Sandra Luckeroth (Luke); grandchildren, Renee Oberdorf (Jon), Bruce Jones (Kyle), Paula Jones, Larry Jones, Jan Arries, Linda Howell (Randy), Gary Luckeroth, Trish Lockhart (Steve); great- grandchildren Curtis Jones, Judston Jones, Tod Golder, Richelle Sellers (Adam), Brianna Cothern, Trev and Cody Lockhart, Stacey Owen (Darryl), Stephanie English (David); great- great-grandchildren Ashley Jones, Cierra and Kaden Jones, Jaxin Sellers, Michael and Mikayla Cothern, and Grayson English. A 'Celebration of Life' Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 20, 2011, at the Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Burial Services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hoffmann Hospice, 655 W. Ave Q, Suite A, Palmdale, CA 93551. Chapel of the Valley Mortuary, Palmdale Directors.

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