Kyleen   Jones
Kylee Jones
Kyleen Jones

February 7, 1996 - May 12, 2020
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Kyleen Elizabethann Jones passed away in West Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. she was born in Des Moines at Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Wednesday, February 7, 1996. Her birth parents were William Moran and Amber Lehua Hano Hano of Des Moines. Kyleen’s given name was Adrieanna Nicell-Lehualani Hano.

This was a girl of many names, talents, and friends. She was our precious, happy baby girl! We love her and hope to see her again with Jesus in Heaven. Happy...always so happy and bringing laughter to her loved ones!

At age 16 months, Kyleen (who later preferred to be called Kylee or Kye) was assigned to Jim and Marla Jones’ home in Des Moines as a foster child. At that time, she was called Annie, short for Adrieanna. The Jones family lovingly adopted her when she was 3 years old.

For many years, Kylee and her brother, Riley, attended a daycare operated by Candice Schmeling on the east side of Des Moines. Evangelical Covenant Church Pre-School on Hubbell Avenue was her 1st school. She attended Des Moines Public Schools Hanawalt Elementary and Merrill Middle Schools. She began high school at Theodore Roosevelt High. She continued her sophomore and juniors years at Teen Challenge Kansas City Girls Academy in Missouri. Upon return to her home at 6105 Walnut Hill Drive in Des Moines, She open enrolled at West Des Moines’ Valley High School. There she completed her junior and senior years and graduated.

First Assembly of God Church on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines was her church home. She was active there in Sunday school, church, children and youth classes, musicals, plays, and many other activities Kylee accepted Jesus as her Savior in her pre-teen years. She was a church summer camper for several years.

Music filled her daily life. In elementary and middle schools, she sang in Heartland Youth Choir. She loved singing and listening to her favorite music constantly. Ann Stein was her piano teacher for 2 years. At Merrill and Roosevelt Schools, she played saxophone in the band and had many friends through her band connections. Her love for music and poetry ran deep. She especially liked current trends in modern young adult music and spoken poetry artists. Two favorite Christian artists were Toby Mac and Lecrae. Recently, she was also enjoying country music.

In elementary school, Kylee (called Annie at that time) played on the Soccer Stars team from Soccer West in Des Moines. During Roosevelt High School, she was in Junior Rotc 1 year. She was part of RAGBRAI bicycling “DREAMTEAM” 3 years. As part of the team, she trained and rode nearly 4,000 miles. Many memories and good friends came from that period.

Her first tattoo was a bicycle. She had several tattoos and was planning for more.

She loved all things “E” and was a natural amateur expert in programming and computer trouble shooting. She bailed family and friends out of many problems with their personal devices. Always thinking “E”, she had several ideas for apps. She loved all types of social media platforms. Many multiple accounts using name and email account variations were enjoyed by her. {Sometimes to the head-shaking frustration of her family and friends!!!}

Her writing skills had been noted by family and friends. High school teachers tagged her for a career in writing. Composing poetry, songs, prose, and journaling took up much of her spare time and were her contemplative outlets. She loved scrap booking, graphic design, and collage art.

On Monday, July 11, 2017 she married Stephen Gordon of Indianapolis, Indiana. They made their home in the area and worked a number of jobs together. Stephen loved her very much and was helping her fight addiction through his church and faith.

Loving life and hard work went hand-in-hand for her. She worked for McDonald’s restaurant and completed McDonald’s University management program. She was employed at Amazon Fulfillment Center, Whitestown, Indiana, along w her husband, Stephen, for nearly 2 years. Doordash was her “favorite job” for nearly 2 years and she earned a spot on the Doordash Field Counsel by winning an essay contest with several thousand applicants. She was 1 of 9 selected and traveled to the initial counsel meeting in San Francisco, California and later ZOOMed meetings from Indianapolis.

Kylee struggled with addiction. In addition to Teen Challenge, she went through treatment at His Mansion Ministries in New Hampshire, and La Verna Lodge & House of Jewels in Indiana.
She was especially mentored by missionary pastors and friends in Cincinnati, Ohio, Brian and Marianne Spicer.

Kylee was considering enrollment at several schools for post high school education and was finalizing application at the time of her passing.

Kylee died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Jim and Marla Jones’ family home, 720 Maple Street, West Des Moines. We extend a very special thanks to the speedy first responders from West Des Moines and Polk County. They were professional, helpful, and comforting.

Kylee was preceded in death by: grandparents, John and Dorothy Kryzsko, Billings, Montana and Ralph and Helen Jones, Jefferson, Iowa. She is survived by husband, Stephen Philip Gordon, Indianapolis, Indiana; birth father, William Moran, Guatemala, Central America; birth mother, Amber Hano, Sacramento, California; father and mother, Jim and Marla Jones, West Des Moines, Iowa; brother, Riley (Raina Bassett) Jones, Des Moines, Iowa; brother, Alex Uline, Dallas, Texas; Noah, Wayne Jr, and Olivia Montoya, Sacramento, California, half sisters: Callie and Cadie Van Langen, Adel, Iowa and Kaci Bradish, Ankeny Iowa, and Jayden Ramsey, Sparks, Nevada.

Due to the ten person gathering limit, an intermittent visitation will be held for Kylee from 6-8pm, Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Iles Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA. Attendees will remain in their vehicles, in line, on the west side of the funeral home and will be able to enter the building to greet the family once the car in front of them has exited. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 29, 2020 at New Hope Assembly of God Church, 4425 70th St, Urbandale, IA 50322. For those unable to attend, the funeral will be live streamed. A link will appear around 10:45 am, on Friday, on Kylee's obituary page at While on the website you may also leave online condolences. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Our hope for Kylee is in the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to hold her in His arms and comfort family and friends now and in the future.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to any of the following: Teen Challenge Kansas City Girls Academy, His Mansion Ministries or House of Jewels.

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel





Memorial Gathering
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, May 28, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Memorial Service
New Hope Assembly of God Church
4425 70th Street
Urbandale, IA USA 50322
Friday, May 29, 2020
11:00 AM