Cheryl Ida Ruffo Jones
Longtime Burbank and Glendale renaissance lady Cheryl Jones loved music and was dancing it seems as soon as she was born. She loved all types of music that she played constantly and became a competitive disco dancer in the 1970s. She was a social butterfly whose smile would light up the room like a rainbow. In her private quiet moments she loved reading novels, completing puzzles and cheering on her beloved Dodgers.
A New Years Eve baby who was known for entertaining guests at her parties, award-winning cheesecakes and Italian cooking, her amazing gardens, her hand-painted porcelain and her love of the beach lost her brief but courageous battle with adult respiratory distress syndrome. She was 61.
Her greatest joy and love of her life was her 7-year-old grand daughter Camenae. She was her “Little Lady Bug.” They spent hours and hours taking the local buses on adventures and going on picnics together. Camenae is also a non-stop dancer, a pro at making pizza dough, planting vegetables, pink carnations and purple morning glorys. Grandma Cheryl taught her art, music and, with her amazing capacity to love, how to respect others, to share with those less fortunate and to always keep stirring the sauce!
Cheryl all too soon leaves behind countless friends and extended family in addition to Camenae, her mother Joyce Wiese of Glendale, her son and daughter-in-law David and Maria Jones of La Crescenta, her brother Dale Ruffo of Paradise and her other “sons” Bill and Bob Gilbow, Dave Fogg, Phillip Clayton and her really cool cat Gretta. Mom, we will miss your smile, your comforting gentle touch and those great trays of lasagna.
We love you, Mom.