The world was left with less light and love with the passing of our beloved Charlene. Most of you know the valiant efforts that she used to pull herself up by the bootstraps when injuries came on more than one occasion over the last many years. We have seen Charlene cry from intensive pain, but never whine about her predicament. Just wanted to know what she had to do to get herself better, and then worked herself back to functioning. At Christmas of this year, she was struck again and again; she put her valiant efforts to work to get back up. One thing was compounded by another by another until the last thing was added on the last day which overwhelmed her.
Charlene was born on November 3rd, 1944 in Salt Lake City to Dorothy Edith and James L. Jones. She attended Granger and Highland High Schools and still remains best friends with her schoolmate Ralphine Kennel. In 1985, Charlene and her family moved back to Utah and began a career with what was then a small outlying hospital, Jordan Valley Holy Cross Hospital, where for the next 25 years she became one of the hospital directors and it’s very heart and soul. She was loved by the administrators, doctors and janitorial staff alike. She was also the chairman of the South Jordan Chamber of Commerce and acted as the hospital director of community relations with South Jordan.
She was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority and participated in their many philanthropic endeavors. She will be sorely missed by her beloved sorority sisters.
All who knew Charlene knew that love walked with her. As many of you have expressed your sympathies to us, her family… we appreciate that. But as her family, we wish you to know that we are giving you our sympathies because you have also suffered the loss.
On April 2nd, 1966 she married her life companion, James Edmunds who considers himself the luckiest person in the world to have spent 55 years in her light and love.
Charlene is survived by her husband, daughters, Amy Edmunds (Darin) Loder and Emily Brooks (Christian) Edmunds; two grandchildren, Lauren Edmunds Loder and Landon James Loder; brother Leroy James (Jeanette) Jones, and her adopted sister, Sister Bernadette Mulick, niece Jean Culbertson whom Charlene helped raise, god-daughter Shonti Breisch, god-son Jai Ram Breisch, and more loved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends than I can count.
Preceded in death by her father James L. Jones, and her mother Dorothy Edith Dunn. Dorothy was a major part of the family and was loved and lived with Jim, Charlene and the girls from 1968 until her passing in 1993. Also preceded by sister Betty Mae Jones, brother Harold James Jones, grandmother Amy E. Del Venne, god-daughter Kali Breisch.
A private family sharing of Charlene’s life will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2pm, and all are invited to join in virtually through Zoom:
There will be an available phone number that you may text thoughts and feelings for the Zoom meeting.
In the summer, when we’ve all had our shots, there will be a celebration of life where we may gather and put our arms around each other. We will advise later on details.