HAVRE -Clarice Helen (Mangel) Jones, 86, was born March 18, 1932 at the family farm of her parents Helga & Robert Mangel near Comertown, Montana. God granted her wish to love, live and die at her home of 55 years at 800 9th Street. She passed in her sleep in the early morning of April 4th, 2018, with immediate family, friends, hospice, and Angel Care by her side 24/7. Clarice requested her remains to be cremated.

Clarice attended school in Comertown for 6 years and finished her schooling in Westby, Montana where she graduated high school in spring of 1950. She started the nursing program at Northern Montana College in Havre, Montana the fall of 1950. She soon met Robert E. Jones at a local Armistice dance and they were married on dad’s birthday June 2, 1951. Robert had recently returned to Havre after serving in US Army in Europe WW II. Robert worked as an Engineer on Great Northern/BNSF for 45 years and Clarice was a stay at home mother and raised 6 kids. They divorced after 25 years of marriage and Clarice never remarried, Robert passed in March 11, 1988. Clarice eventually returned to NMC to receive her LPN in 1977 and worked at the local hospital, nursing home and Golden Triangle Mental Health Center. Clarice also attended Massage Therapy school in Kennewick, Washington and became a certified therapist in 1985 and practiced out of her home for several years.

Clarice’s biggest enjoyment in her full life was her family, home and close friends. She loved to dance and taught all her kids to dance too. Her other passions were homemaker, scrap booking, piano, card playing, flowers, needle work, dolls collecting, making doll clothes and TV polka party on Saturday nights. Clarice had reputation of being a very detailed and accomplished seamstress. Whatever Clarice set her mind to, she mastered and perfection reigned. Clarice had a strong moral compass, a giving heart, and was a patriot and faithful practicing Christian.  She had an infectious laugh and girly silliness about her in lighter moments that everyone loved. Once Clarice touched your life with her big soft hands she left an unforgettable impression of passion, humor and affection. She had a great memory and shared many stories of her younger life and family history that she captures in a fantastic family album she created for her six kids.    

Clarice was the youngest of 13 half and full brothers and sisters and was the last family member to pass.

Clarice Mangel and Robert E. Jones had six children together all of whom survive her and 13 Great Grandchildren living across Montana and Colorado, Brian R. Jones: Lacy, Skylar, Courtney, Aurora, Col.:   Charleen-Anderson (late Gary): Tyson, Seth(deceased): Myrna Morse (late Babe) Brandon, Havre, Mt.: Brad Jones (Merry) Derryck, Levi, Amanda Kay, Belgrade, Mt.: Lorrie Picard (Joe) Jassen, Vanessa, Joely, Aubrey; Bainville, Mt.:  Calvin Jones, Emily, Carson

Clarice fought a long and hard battle to the end, was a great: matriarch, life example, mother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. God has gained a fearless compassionate believer of an Angel to look over her loved ones.

A special “Thank You” from Mom and the Jones family to:

Mikell, Diane, Mavis for their TLC, Love, friendship and services to Clarice all these years and most recently Angel Care (Angela, Brittney, Destiny, etc.), Bear Paw Hospice (Jan, Jessica, Ila, Charleen, etc.)  Lincare and Sloan.

Memorial services will be April 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM at 5th Ave. Christian Church 2015 5th Ave Havre, Mt 59501     (406)-265-7337    Condolences for the family may be left at www.hi-linefuneralservices.com  Donations can be made in her memory to: Meals on Wheels Program, North Central Senior Citizens 2 2nd street West, Havre MT 59501

Guest Book

From: Sandira Wood

My deepest sympathies are with you all during this time of loss. I have many found memories of your mom in my youth. I hope the many kind and loving memories you have will help you through this difficult time.

Sandi Wood

From: kim cripps

Clarice was an awesome lady and friend god speed prayers and hugs i am here if you need anything always kim cripps


From: Nancy Pegar

Loved, loved, loved Clarice!! She was the classiest lady with brash I had ever met. Her humor and outspoken word was refreshing. We had many conversations with much laughter. I will miss her wise words, wit and caring soul. Godspeed, my friend, you will be missed.


From: lory Heltemes

So sorry to hear about the loss of a wonderful woman. She was always a kind hearted woman. I know she is in a better place but may God grant all of her family peace in this time of sorrow.

From: Lorene Horning

I worked at NMH with Clarice. I was an LPN, too. I admired her very much and we had lots of fun working together! She was a neat lady! I am thinking about her family and wishing them peace.

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