Angelina “Angie” Jones, 73, who raised purebred Arabian horses, died Tuesday evening, Aug. 9, 2011, at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings of cancer.
She was born July 13, 1938, in Ithaca, N.Y., to Joseph and Elizabeth (Merrill) Vicedomini, the eldest of five children. She lived her childhood and teen years in the Ithaca area, graduating from Ithaca High School in 1956.
She got her first horse, Cheerio, as a teenager. Upon graduation from high school she spent a summer in the Custer, S.D., area, where she and a friend, Jean Champion, wrangled dude horses, led trail rides and rounded up and drove cattle for Bailey Bros. Cattle Co. She purchased a buckskin mare, Dakota Queen, during that time.
She returned to Ithaca that fall and worked as a draftsman at the National Cash Register Co. She was the first woman employed in the NCR drafting and engineering department.
She returned to South Dakota, then lived in Wyoming and Montana and moved to Butte in the early 1970s. She married Ron Jones on May 19, 1974. His career in radio took them to Bismarck, then to Billings in 1975.
Three years later they purchased property on Buffalo Trail Road northwest of Laurel where they raised purebred Arabian horses. Mrs. Jones was a longtime member of the Arabian Horse Association and the Witez II Owners Network.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Doug and Greg; sisters, Marlene Werner of Melbourne, Fla., and Judy Stewart of Ithaca; and a brother, Joe Vicedomini of California.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Remington Letcher Funeral Chapel in Laurel.