Carolyn Jones Obituary

Carolyn D. Jones
Carolyn D. Jones

December 3, 1959 - September 18, 2022
Born in Vandenberg, CA
Resided in Grimes, Iowa
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Carolyn Diana Jones lost her battle to lung cancer on September 18th, 2022 surrounded by the people she brought joy to every day. She was a beacon of compassion and generosity. Carolyn began her life in California, grew up in Arkansas, and went around the world to Australia before ending her journey in Iowa. But no matter where life took her, she created a home for her family wherever they landed.

She was born to Lillie and Raymond Schick, on December 3rd, 1959 to a military family. A determined and independent child, she was always on the move getting into adventures with her elder sister, Becky. She met the love of her life, Tommy, at a banking function, leading to 38 years of happy marriage and two children, Amanda and Ryan.

Carolyn pulled the attention of any room she entered. While stunning to her last days, it was her magnetic spirit that drew in new friends. It takes a unique person to draw in companions across countries and cultures - then keep those friendships for a lifetime.

Carolyn was a constant presence of support and strength to her family. She pushed for the progress of her children. She pushed for homework completion each night. She pushed the gas pedal for sports practices and recitals. She pushed the sewing machine pedal for every costume. She pushed couches up stairs in Iowa City, Houston, Colorado Springs, and Des Moines. She pushed for Ryan and Amanda to absorb her ideals and morals to serve as a guiding light. Her values will live infinitely in her children and granddaughter’s lives.

Carolyn created a warm home for her family with welcoming arms and hot meals, even if those meals may have occasionally been missing some ingredients. In her home, she helped you grow with each mistake, constantly making those around her better versions of themselves.

Carolyn never missed a holiday or special occasion. Even if you forgot there was a holiday right around the corner, you were reminded by a hand-made card from her to start the season. It was her way of saying you were special. She cared about the giant accomplishments and the little ones just the same. With an inkpad and cardstock, her love was never more than a stamp - or phone call - away.

Carolyn was selfless in making sure her family’s needs were met. Over the past two years, she spent many months in Houston helping grow her granddaughter, Charlotte, into a strong, precocious, and loving child, after spending her first months in the NICU. She ensured the newest member of the family had a running start on life, and that her daughter and son-in-law were loved and supported while raising their first child.

She is still celebrated by her family: Tommy Jones, Amanda and Charlotte Goodman (Brandon Goodman), Ryan Jones (Rebekah Jones), her mother Lillie Schick, her sister Becky Moore, and nephew Jonathan Moore. Carolyn was the rock that kept everyone together.

The world is a bit darker today without her presence. It is upon all of us to seize the day that she could not. Carolyn would not have wanted us to weep for her. Instead, she would want to inspire us to live for today. She always said, you never know what will happen. Let us live for today. Let us live for the ones we love. Let us live for the days she did not have. Let us live in celebration for how she affected each and every one of us.

For friends wanting to make a gesture, in lieu of flowers, the family requests to make any donations in the name of her to . A day where we can end of cancer is a day we can all celebrate.

Online Condolences are welcome at

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.