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Helen Marie Cobb Jones

December 2, 2023

Helen Cobb Jones Obituary

Helen Marie Cobb Jones (1938–2023)

Helen Cobb Jones, age 85, of Seattle, WA, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2023. She was born in Jacksonville, IL on January 19, 1938, to Charles and Helen Cobb and was the youngest of five children. She attended Routt Catholic High School before enrolling in the nursing program at Holy Cross Central School of Nursing in South Bend, IN. Helen became a registered nurse and remained a caring and compassionate caregiver throughout her 45-year nursing career. She began her profession as a nurse stewardess on Northern Pacific Railway. Those travels eventually brought her to the Pacific Northwest where she promptly fell in love with its beauty and remained for the rest of her adult life. Helen devoted 18 years to Cabrini Hospital and 23 years to The Polyclinic before her retirement 20 years ago.   

Helen had three children: Bradley Jones, Douglas Jones (Sharon) of Port Orchard, WA, and Jeanette Jones Campagna (John) of Florence, OR. Though she absolutely loved being a mother, she wholeheartedly embraced being a grandmother and treasured her time with her three grandchildren: Meghan Jones Torgeson (Carter) of Tacoma, WA, Sarah Jones (fiancé Jacob O’Donnell) of Milton, WA, and Tanner Aliff of Austin, TX. She was fortunate to welcome and spend time with her two great grandchildren, who she adored: Evelyn Rae Torgeson and Daniel Bradley Torgeson.

And to her delight, for the last two years, she lovingly spent time with her little doggie, Tinky. The two were inseparable and could often be seen walking in her First Hill neighborhood, where she lived for nearly three decades.

Helen was a devout Catholic and regularly attended St. James Cathedral and the Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University and also participated in numerous Catholic organizations and programs throughout the years. One of her most beloved memories of her lifetime was visiting the Vatican and meeting Pope John Paul II. He kissed her hand, and she swore she’d never wash it again.

She was a fierce advocate for developmentally disabled people and was outspoken about programs that provided support to these individuals. She served on Boards of Directors whose overall missions centered around respect, dignity, and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was instrumental as one of the founders who established Seattle Specialized Group Homes, a nonprofit residency and care facility for developmentally disabled adults where her son, Bradley, resided for a number of years.

Helen spent much of her retirement volunteering her time at St. Francis House, St. James Cathedral, The Fifth Avenue Theatre, and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to people who immigrated to the U.S. from foreign countries. She was worldly and open and honest about political views that affected all people and often expressed her sentiments for positive change. She had a passion for service and embraced and promoted diversity and inclusion in all she did. Because of her love and care for others, she never knew a stranger.

Everyone who knew Helen knew how much she loved spending time with her family and many friends. She will always be remembered for playing cards with various card groups, helping the homeless, experiencing the arts, relishing in the enjoyment of her travels, and living in the scenic Pacific Northwest.

We will always remember her saying, “I love you more.” in response to someone telling her they loved her. We couldn’t have asked for a more loving mother and will miss her every single day. Her memory will live on in the hearts of all those who surrounded and loved her. 

Helen was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Helen Cobb, her son Bradley Jones, her sister Catherine Kazmierczak, and her brothers-in-law Paul Keller and William Maloney. She is survived by her two children, Douglas Jones and Jeanette Campagna; her siblings Dorothy Jane Keller, Lois Maloney, and Tony Cobb (Betty); her grandchildren, great grandchildren, many very special nieces and nephews, and several great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 19, 2024 (her birthday), at 10am at the Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA. A reception will follow the service. She will be buried with her oldest son, Bradley Jones, in her hometown of Jacksonville, IL in April. In lieu of flowers, Helen requested donations be made to the following charities she cherished: CoastBusters for Breast Cancer, PO Box 1804, Newport, OR, 97365 / (in honor of her daughter, Jeanette Campagna), and Total Living Concept, 4701 Auburn Way N, Auburn, WA, 98002 / (in memory of her son, Bradley Jones).

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