Beatrice Patricia (Pat) Jones, the oldest of three children, was born on February
13, 1936, in Raleigh, NC, to the proud parents of Telemachus and Susan Fuller. In
her remarkable time on this earth, she had an unforgettable impact on the worlds
of everyone she touched. She was undoubtedly a “Queen” in all things — from
her family to her friends, her faith, and yes, her undeniable fashion.
After her family moved from Raleigh to Newport News, VA and ultimately to
Jamaica, NY, Pat attended Public School 160 and Jamaica High School, where she
met her King - Lee Jones. In 1956, they were married, making a vow that would
last a lifetime (66 years, in fact) — forming a union with trademark support,
understanding, friendship, respect, unconditional love, and unmistakable
laughter. That bond grew even stronger as they built their family and poured
their love into their three children - Brian, Gary, and Teri.
Pat’s devotion as a wife and a mother was in a class all its own. Yet, she still had
the energy, the desire, and the heart to do whatever she could to help and
encourage everyone around her to be their best, to see their potential, and to
fulfill their dreams. Whether as an active member in the PTA at her children’s
school or briefly working for Roosevelt Public School system as a Substitute
Teacher Coordinator or passing her realtor exam and working for several years as
a Realtor on Long Island, she always brought a wit, humor, feistiness, and spirit
that lit up any room she entered.
Her care and concern for others was endless, but she also wisely understood (long
before it became popular) that wives, mothers, and women also deserved time to
care for themselves — and she did so, unapologetically. She enjoyed bowling in a
league with her friends for 35 years, cherished her weekly salon appointments,
and was always game for a lively girls’ night in or out. As much, she loved
traveling the world and discovering new places, people, and cultures with her
best friend, Lee, for unforgettable experiences and vacations in Europe, Asia, the
Caribbean, and beyond. Still, while she enjoyed seeing the world, she also took
great joy in being home and spending time with her grandchildren and great-
grandchildren during their regular visits.
Pat's stories were legendary, and anyone who had the pleasure of hearing them
immediately knew how rare and special she was. Her life was beautiful, and her
legacy will live on forever in those who experienced her love, laughter, and soulful
Pat was predeceased by her mother and father, son Brian, brother Waldo, and
grandson Gerard. She leaves to cherish her loving memory: her adoring husband
Lee; her son Gary; daughter Teri (Delano); grandchildren Brendan and Ariana;
great-grandchildren Braxton, Bryant, Braylen and Keegan; sister-in-law Jean
(Waldo); and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
The family extends our sincere thanks and gratitude for all the prayers, phone
calls, and cards during our time of bereavement. A special thank you to Larry and
Dottie Trabona, Shereen Goodson, Ann DeHaney, Sandy Stith, and Sheree