Friends and family are remembering the life of Darlene Jones, who lost her battle with cancer Wednesday. The comments about her were all similar. “One of a kind,” “Always smiling,” and “Loved by many,” were commonly used.Jones’ daughter Bridget Carr said, “Her love for her grandchildren was larger than life. She loved to cook and doing anything that brought family and friends together.”
According to her obituary, Jones graduated from Water Valley High School in 1971. She worked in San Angelo at several different businesses before beginning Bug Express Pest Control with long-time friend Patsy McIntire. They opened the first Bug Express in Lubbock, then two additional locations opened in Midland, Odessa and San Angelo.
The obituary went on to say that Bug Express opened locally in 2003, as a small business with a handful of employees. In 2005, they were recognized with San Angelo Chamber of Commerce Diversity Award, and in 2014, the Chamber recognized Bug Express as the existing industry expansion award winner.
Allen Latham, employee and friend, said, “Darlene was definitely one-of-a-kind, there won’t be another one. She was very well-loved by friends and employees. We were like a family. She had a smile on her face almost all the time and if she was near me I guarantee she did.”
Sports was a big part of Jones’ upbringing, so it seemed like a natural fit when she became a co-owner of the San Angelo Stampede Express Arena football team.
Jones’ also served on many boards in San Angelo. Her involvement in the community grew from her love of San Angelo and the people in it.
“She saw the best in everybody! She was always focusing on other peoples needs, not her own.” Carr said.
According to her obituary, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Children’s Miracle Network or Hospice of San Angelo.
Family visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Robert Massie Funeral Home.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 in Mertzon Cemetery.
Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at TLC Family Church, 3301 TLC Way.