With a deep sense of sorrow and much love we say goodbye to our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Elisabeth (Dario) Jones, who passed away on the morning of June 21st, 2020 at the age of 79.
Of German decent, Elisabeth was born in Bolwargi, Poland, to Leonhard and Anna Priefer. She had an older sister, Annie, and a younger brother, Oscar. At a young age during World War II, her family was forced to leave their comfortable lifestyle in Poland to a new and more difficult life in Hanover, Germany. During this journey by train, Elisabeth’s mother became ill and passed away. The children were all under five years old.
Coming to Canada in her early 20’s, Elisabeth hoped for a new and prosperous life. Here she met her first husband, who travelled from Italy with the same hopes. They met at Victoria Composite Highschool where they both studied English as a second language. They married on September 11th, 1965.
For a time, they lived in Prince Rupert, BC, where their first daughter, Marisa, was born. Elisabeth operated a thriving hair salon. As a hair sculptor and master stylist she was skilled in a variety of techniques, including the Bee-Hive and Finger Wave.
In 1967, Elisabeth, her husband and their daughter, moved to Edmonton, Alberta, which became her life-long home, and where they welcomed their second daughter, Corina. Here Elisabeth started her next small business in the modest basement of the family home, followed by a small salon in south Edmonton. This business grew, and after her first marriage ended, she opened a hair salon in the La Perle neighborhood. Within just a few years, she moved the business to a larger location in the nearby area of Terra Losa. Her final business endeavor was a salon in the Waterford of Summerlea. Her friendly and caring nature made it easy for Elisabeth to have the trust of so many clients, ensuring they looked their best.
Elisabeth had a deep faith in her Savior, the Lord Jesus, and was an active member of her church and community of believers. Over the years and despite obstacles, this faith remained unwavering.
Despite suffering from a significant stroke at age 55, Elisabeth’s determined spirit allowed her to regain her capabilities and to continue blessing those around her with her friendship, good humour and infectious laugh. She demonstrated kindness, and tried to see the best in others. Her sweet disposition made it easy for her to form many friendships.
Elisabeth was predeceased by her former husband, Mario Dario. She married her second husband, Dennis Jones, on September 1st, 2012. Together the pursued adventures abroad and at home. Their marriage was an example of tenderness, care and love towards each other and those around them.
Numerous recent strokes took their toll on Elisabeth. Our beautiful Elisabeth passed away at the age of 79.
She is lovingly remembered and cherished by her husband Dennis Jones, her daughters Marisa and Corina Dario, her grandson Lucas Llyr Dario and Dennis Jones’ children David Jones, Michael Jones, Cherie Vu and their families, and Elisabeth’s friends, neighbours and the church community.
Elisabeth will be laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery. A private Celebration of Life will follow.
Memorial donations in Elisabeth’s honour can be made directly to Solid Rock Free Lutheran Church, Camrose Alberta.