Myrth Dena Ion Jones, 99, of Pine, died March 16, 2001, in Pine. She was born Myrth Pyle July 17, 1901, on Bonita Creek north of Payson under the Rim.
Her father delivered Myrth and her twin sister, Myrl. They grew up roaming the hills of the Rim country, fishing and dancing with brothers and sisters.
She married Claude Austin "Bud" Jones in 1928. She lived in this area throughout most of her life except for a few years that she spent working on ranches near Flagstaff and Cottonwood. They bought their own ranch in Payson in 1944. She lived on their ranch until 1989, when she moved to Pine with her daughter.
Survivors include two sons, Lee Jones and Stuart Jones, both of Payson; one daughter, Peggy Randall of Pine; one sister, Myrl Jones of New River, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Austin "Bud" Jones.
Graveside services were held March 19 at Payson Pioneer Cemetery.
Donations may be made to account No. 004675653082 for Justice McNeeley, at Bank of America, 213 S. Beeline, Payson, AZ 85541.
Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.