Sweet 7 year old Connor is now resting and breathing peacefully in Heaven now. I'm so saddened by this news, but so happy that he can finally be free of pain and suffering. I'm relieved for his parents because I can only imagine how hard it is to watch your child suffer with pain the way Connor did. Connor's obituary is below:
Conner Reed Jones born to Bradley and Sarah Jones on April 14, 2003 at OHSU hospital in Portland, Oregon died peacefully in his parents arms at his home Thursday June 24, 2010.
Conner suffered from Prune Belly Syndrome and was also diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at one year old. Conner fought to survive with multiple surgeries and more than 20 hospitalizations. He never complained of having CF, in fact he loved being in the hospital with his doctors, nurses, teachers and child life specialists. He was always well loved at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, where he was cared for since he was an infant, and treasured them as family.
Conner, though only 7, displayed wisdom, faith and maturity well beyond his years. His love of family, friends, God, fishing, school, and Lego building is what kept him feeling alive. He was smiling and enjoying life every single day he was with us. He cared deeply about others he knew and even for those he never met. He was Gods faithful servant and brought many people to believe in Gods Kingdom, and many more to renew their relationship with Him.
Conner cherished his family. He loved babies. He was sensitive, yet strong. And will forever be loved and remembered as a hero to his mom and dad.
Conner is survived by his parents, Brad and Sarah Jones of Longview, as well as his two younger brothers, Hunter and Bradyn Jones. He is also survived by paternal grandparents Rick and Cheri Jones of Ilwaco, WA and maternal grandparents Doug and Rose Ponzoha of Olympia, WA and Tom and Kandace Niemi of Puyallup, WA. He is also survived by his great grandparents Jim Erikson of Pocatello, ID, William Jones of Burley, ID, GG Betty Ponzoha of Lacey, WA and GG Shirley Nelson of Centralia. He also has many uncles and aunts and cousins and even leaves behind his beloved dog, Grover. Welcoming him in heaven are his great grandfathers Bernard Ponzoha and Kenneth Nelson, as well as his great grandmothers GG Shirley Erikson and Emma Jones.
In honor of Conner’s generous spirit and legacy we request in lieu of flowers that donations be sent to one of the organizations that meant the most to him and our family. The Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Washington Make a Wish Foundation, the Oregon Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Breathe 4 Tomorrow Foundation of WA, Gloria’s Angels Foundation of WA or to Columbia Bank, with memo to Conner Jones fund to help Conners’ family with unforeseen expenses.
Celebration of life will be held at Longview Community Church, Longview Wa. Wednesday June 30 at 1 pm
Seriously...what a little ROCK STAR!!!
A note to Brad and Sarah, Connors parents..
Thank you for sharing Connor with the us. Thank you for being so brutally honest. I'm inspired by your strength and by Connors bravery. Connor is free of pain and celebrating with Jesus...I find great comfort in that as I'm sure you do too.