IRVING, Texas — Arminta Pearl Clark Jones, 90, the mother of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, passed away today at Baylor Medical Center after a lengthy battle with pneumonia.
And while there was sadness in the Jones family because of her death, there were also smiles of joy because of the life she lived as a loving mother, grandmother and ambassador for the Cowboys organization.
"We are celebrating her life," Jerry Jones said by phone from his home in Highland Park Tuesday afternoon. "She was a great mother, so attentive. They called me about 2 a.m. from the hospital. She was in intensive care. Every member of our family, including all the grandchildren, was at her bedside during her passing. We were able to communicate and talk to her and say our good byes. It was peaceful."
Although his mother celebrated her 90th birthday last week and was also able to attend Jones’ 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Gene last week, she had been hospitalized since August when they held their annual family reunion in conjunction with the Cowboys final preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.
Jones said she developed pneumonia and was never able to beat it.
He jokingly called her "an angel "because she was able to put up with him and his late father Pat Jones, who passed away in 1997, because they were so much alike. Both were successful businessmen, characters and noted charmers, which is why they were both so good in the sales industry.
Jones viewed his mother as a mentor to him in his business beliefs and success on par with the great influence that his father had on him personally and professionally.
"I got to spend a lot time around my mother over the years," he said. "She made a major influence on my life”
"It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Arminta Jones, the mother of Jerry Jones," Rich Dalrymple, the Cowboys’ vice president of public relations/communications, said in a statement. "Arminta, who celebrated her 90th birthday last week, with all of her family, passed away peacefully this morning in Dallas."
Arminta Jones is survived by two children, Jerry and Jacque, a brother and two sisters, four grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Arminta Pearl Clark was born on October 17, 1922 in Ozan, Arkansas. She married J.W. “Pat” Jones on October 25, 1941 and they had two children, Jerry and Jacque. They were married for 56 years until J.W. passed in 1997.
A Jones family picture taken in 1995 at Pat Jones’ retirement party at the former Exotic Animal Paradise between Strafford and Marshfield. In the front row, from left, are: Jerry Jones Jr., Pat Jones, with Jessica Jones in his lap, Arminta Jones, holding Haley Anderson and Jordan Jones. In the second row, from left, are: Steven Jones, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Jerry Jones, John Chambers, Gene Jones, Jacque Jones and David Huff. Pat Jones was the founder of Exotic Animal Paradise, and ran it for many years with Arminta by his side.
Arminta Jones and her husband, Pat, are pictured on their wedding day, Oct. 25, 1941. They met at the Little Rock Business College.
Arminta Jones, right, mother of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, visits with Ebby Halliday during the Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon.
Owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, was presented his 2011 Star on the Walk of Fame at a ceremony held in November due to his unavailability during the Cherry Blossom Festival each year (NFL draft time). Jerry is seated with his mother Arminta Jones.
IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys’ biggest fears could be a reality as the team’s leading tackler and one of the more productive players might be headed to injured reserve.
Sean Lee could need season-ending toe surgery after MRI results showed torn ligaments. If anything, Lee will at least miss two games – Sunday’s showdown with the Giants and the following Sunday night against undefeated Atlanta.
With today being the Cowboys’ day off, the team did not have any press conferences or an open locker room period. With Jerry Jones’ mother passing this morning, the Cowboys’ owner did not have his regular radio show as well. So there has been no official word from the Cowboys regarding Lee or any other injuries this week.
The team is expected to officially sign veteran safety Charlie Peprah on Wednesday. The Cowboys would have to clear a roster spot, but it’s not likely it would be an easy Peprah for Lee switch if he goes to injured reserve. The Cowboys would need more depth at linebacker and might have to sign a veteran.
The Cowboys still have two punters – both Chris Jones and Brian Moorman – on the 53-man roster. Also, safety Matt Johnson is injured again and there have been discussions that he could land on IR, although head coach Jason Garrett said Monday he doesn’t think the Cowboys are ready to make such a move.
Still, the Cowboys at least have to start figuring out contingency plans if Lee’s season is over or will miss considerable time.
The Cowboys will turn to backup Dan Connor, a free agent pickup this offseason after spending four years with the Panthers. Connor has played a limited role on defense this year, but filled in for Lee in Carolina against his former team.
Connor, a college teammate of Lee at Penn State, has 14 tackles this year but will likely take over as the starter next to Bruce Carter.
Lee suffered the injury in the second half in Carolina on Sunday. He tried to fight through the pain but eventually took himself out, later saying he was simply “hurting the team by being out there.”
Through six games, Lee leads the Cowboys with 77 tackles, considerably more than DeMarcus Ware, who is second on the team with 43 stops. Lee also has eight quarterback pressures, third behind only Anthony Spencer (12) and Ware (10).
Lee was on pace to record more than 204 tackles this season, averaging 12.8 per game. He already tied the Cowboys’ single-game record with 21 stops in the Seattle game back in Week 2.
Missing Lee for any time will be huge, but especially against the Giants. Last year, Lee had a clutch interception against Eli Manning in the game at Cowboys Stadium. This season, he forced a fumble in the season opener that took away a scoring opportunity for the Giants in the Cowboys’ 24-17 win over the defending champs.