Mrs J Jones, Killeen

Story by Tom Kelly

Wednesday, 6th August, 2008 1:00am

There was great sadness in the Dunsany and Dunshaughlin areas at the death of Mrs Jill Jones, of Killeen Glebe, on 26th July last.

Mrs Jones had been in ill-health for a number of years and passed away at the family"s Dublin apartment, in the presence of her family.

Originally from Dublin, she was a member of the Purcell family before her marriage to businessman Chris Jones, of the Jones Group.

The family moved from Greenacres in Tallaght to Killeen Glebe around 1975, and Mrs Jones cultivated and nurtured a garden there which became renowned for its colour and rare flowers and plants, including the blue poppy, blue geranium and a unique hankerchief tree. The gardens at Killeen Glebe featured on an RTE gardening programme about a decade ago.

Another major interest of the family is horseracing, and the Jones have owned a number of successful racehorses over the years.

When Klairon Davis won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in 1996, Mrs Jones received the cup from the Queen Mother, which she described as a great thrill at the time.

The Queen Mother had celebrated a win with one of her own horses the week before, and Mrs Jones was able to congratulate her too. It was a family affair as Klairon Davis was trained by Arthur Moore, whose wife Mary is a niece of Mr Jones. Afterwards, a celebratoty night with the connections and jockey Franny Woods was held in Murray"s Pub in Dunshaughlin.

Deceased is survived by her husband, Chris, Killeen; family, Mary-Paula Williamson, Melbourne, Australia, Maeve O"Reilly, Dublin, Christine O"Sullivan, Dublin, Clare Jones, Dublin, and Christopher Jones, Dublin, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, 12 grandchildren, brother Niall, niece Angela, relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her sister, Maeve.

Her remains were removed from Ballsbridge to the Church of St Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus, and her funeral took place to Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold"s Cross.