It’s easy to write about our mother, Olive Arden “Ardie” Jones, as she was an incredible person. Ardie passed away May 14, 2011.

Born April 28, 1918 in South Dakota, she was the last of four children. Her dad moved the family to Rio Linda, California when she was five and started a chicken farming business.

Ardie was very active in her high school, focusing on her greatest love – singing. After high school, she attended Sacramento City College and became a key punch operator.

On a blind date she met her future husband Regis “Reg” Jones. They married six months later on July 14, 1940 in her parents backyard. They honeymooned on Catalina Island, which the whole family went back to for their 50th wedding anniversary.

Reg enlisted in the Air Force as a bomber pilot. Ardie moved back to Sacramento and worked at McClellan Air Force Base waiting for Reg to return.

After the war they began their family with daughter Vicki. When she was 18 months old they moved to Castella, where daughters Barbara, then Tammy, were born.

Ardie got a job as the postal clerk at the post office and eventually became post master – a job she held for 18 years. It was a job she relished.

Ardie was very involved in Castella’s Ladies Fire Auxiliary, as well as her kids’ activities. She sang all her life in church choirs and community singing groups.

In 1992, they sold their Castella place and moved to Redding. Ardie had a great time with Reg in their second season of love and loved her little Redding abode. Ardie was an amazing gardener and seamstress.

She leaves behind daughters, Vicki Gut, husband John, grandchildren Ryan and Deron; Barbara Jones, grandchild Amie, great-grandchildren, Madison and Taylor; and Tammy Jones.

There will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercy Hospice or Redbud Care Homes.