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Jones, Deborah "Debby"

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Deborah Brittingham Jones passed away peacefully on January 13, 2018 at her home in Newport Beach, after a long battle with illness in her later years. She was 60 years old. A Mass will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, January 20 at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Church (1441 W Balboa Blvd.; Newport Beach, CA 92661)

She is survived by her husband Mr. Jesse Jones, her daughter, Mrs. Erin O’Leary Woody, and son-in-law Mr. Dillan Woody, her two grandchildren, Ms. Katherine Anne Woody and Mr. Thomas James Woody, her daughter Ms. Lauren O’Leary, and her brother John Brittingham, sister-in-law Kathy Brittingham, and sister Lori Viole and brother-in-law Tim Viole as well as many adored nieces and nephews.

Born in Santa Monica, California on February 18, 1957, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Betty Brittingham. She initially lived in Brentwood, and at the age of 5 moved to Newport Beach, where she attended Newport Elementary and later Newport Harbor High School. She then went on to do a semester at sea through Chapman University before finally deciding to carry on the family tradition by going to the University of Southern California, where she was a valued member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

Debby’s girls were her proudest accomplishments, followed only by being a grandmother. During her life, she involved herself in the PTA at Mariners Elementary, where she also volunteered as a teaching assistant due to her love of children. She was also a member of the Assistance League, setting a great example for her daughters who joined when they were old enough. Debby loved painting and was an accomplished oil painter. She also loved travelling, having been to Kenya, Tanzania, China and Hong Kong. She also enjoyed watching old movies and television shows with her friends Marlo and Joan.

Even through her prolonged illness, Debby loved life itself even though hers was increasingly restricted. Her optimism throughout her illness was truly admired. She loved everyone and all loved her. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.


Mortuary: Brown Colonial Mortuary

Florist: Aladdin Florist