The Arnold and Francis Jones Endowment
On the walls of the Emergency Room at Marshall Hospital are the big, bold words The Arnold and Frances Jones Endowment Emergency Department and Trauma Center. The simple story behind the largest donor to the $4 million dollar Campaign for Emergency Services and Community Health conveys our mantra Hope.Healing.Here.
Arnold was a simple man of Dutch decent.....no frills but tons of common sense. If you saw him on the street, you would never pick him out as a person with much money. But in his heart, he had a passion for healthcare. You would often see him in a red flannel shirt or a cotton one made by Frances. A heavy equipment operator by trade, Arnold owned his own business and worked hard. He would recall tender memories as a child of his mother who was a nurse. In fact with a gleam in his eye, he would fondly refer to her as "me mudder!"
A former El Dorado Rose, Frances owned Frances' Clothes Closet in Camino. Most of the smartly dressed ladies in Apple Hill purchased their wardrobe at the small, but popular shop across from the Jones property on Pony Express Trail. Renowned for her classes in pine needle basketry, Frances later died of respiratory failure.
The Jones Family believed in helping their community and Arnold’s passion for leaving a legacy for the community good and healthcare brought him to consider Marshall for his lasting tribute to his only true love, Frances.
Often Arnold would fix tuna sandwiches for representatives of Marshall who came to visit him and his little dog as he told many stories of their life in Apple Hill. He believed in investing in gold and silver and after his death, coins valued at over $400,000 were found in the walls of his very unassuming home. He asked only that his estate valued at $1.2 million be used for the community good. Marshall hopes to one day build a health clinic on the site. As a result of the Jones legacy gift, the healthcare community is currently benefitting now and in the years to come.
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