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.
Jerry Jones turned 70 on Saturday.
Jones has three Super Bowl rings, a reported net worth of $2.7 billion, and his 3-year-old, $1.2 billion stadium is virtually paid for. Why wouldn’t he cherish becoming the first septuagenarian Cowboys owner?
But at some point, he will move on.
During a wide-ranging interview at the Cowboys’ Valley Ranch complex with The Dallas Morning News’ Brad Townsend, Jerry Jones candidly discussed a future that eventually, inevitably, won’t include him.
Jerry and Gene Jones’ children, Stephen, Jerry Jr. and Charlotte Anderson, are Cowboys executive vice presidents. Though details aren’t being released to the public, Charlotte has planned a party to celebrate a confluence of Jones family milestones.
Jerry’s and Gene’s 70th birthdays. The 90th birthday of Jerry’s mother, Arminta. And Jerry’s and Gene’s 50th wedding anniversary.
“Every day with Jerry has been exciting,” wife Gene says. “Stressful at times, but never boring.
“The one thing that hasn’t changed from the beginning is that the family was the most important thing. Our children have always been our proudest accomplishments, and they are our best friends.
“We’ve had many disagreements in life, but never about our children or [nine] grandchildren.”
Gene says it was a dramatic lifestyle change when, in 1989, Jerry decided the Cowboys would become the family business. Jerry Jr., Charlotte and Stephen were in their early-to-mid 20s.
Gene says it’s been beyond rewarding to work alongside them while they carved integral roles in the franchise and raised families of their own.
“I don’t see him slowing down in any aspect of his life,” Gene says. “Children, grandchildren, Cowboys, he wants the best for all of them.
“His passion and desire for all of us to share that championship experience never wavers. I see it every morning when he walks out the door.”
“I do want to emphasize that, at this particular time, it would be madness not to think about succession,” he says. “You have to. And you should.
“I’m very confident that if I got hit by a truck tomorrow, we’ve got a great succession plan. Everybody here understands football, loves it, is not really interested in anything else in sports and has tunnel vision relative to football.”
Is Stephen next in line?
Longtime speculation has been that Stephen, the Cowboys’ 48-year-old chief operating officer and director of player personnel, would eventually assume Jerry’s role.
That is partly true, Jerry says, pointing out that Stephen already oversees the scouting and player personnel departments, Cowboys Stadium management operations and attends NFL owners meetings.
But in reality, Jerry sees a continuation of Team Jones management already in place. Charlotte is vice president of brand management and the president of the charity foundation. Jerry Jr. is the chief sales and marketing officer.
In the early 1990s, Jerry transferred minority limited partnership interests to Stephen, Charlotte and Jerry Jr., giving them what he calls “serious skin in the game,” a daily incentive to fully invest their professional lives.
“I was fortunate to have put things like that in place long before the Cowboys were worth what they are now,” he says.
Seldom if ever speculated is the scenario of Gene stepping forward as principal owner, as Georgia Frontiere did when husband and Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom drowned in 1979.
Jerry notes that Gene has missed only one game, a preseason game, in 24 seasons. Jerry and Stephen say Gene probably spent more hours on Cowboys Stadium’s planning than anyone.
“There’s no question that on an ongoing basis she would be involved in everything that has to do with the stadium,” Jerry says. “In the NFL’s view, the stadium and the team are one and the same.”
Jerry also foresees some or all of his grandchildren joining the franchise, if they so choose, adding, “The way we’re structured here, I don’t ever see this team owned by anyone other than my immediate family.”
The oldest three Jones grandchildren are in college, working toward degrees that could point them toward the family business.
Stephen’s daughters, Jessica and Jordan, attend the University of Texas. Jordan, a freshman in UT’s textiles program, interned this summer in the Cowboys’ merchandising department.
Sophomore Jessica is a communications major, as is Charlotte’s daughter Haley, a sophomore at Arkansas.
“There’s enough work around here that there could be five more [Jones family members] and there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day,” Jerry says.
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It might make the Dallas Cowboys the butt of jokes, but Jerry Jones will go pink for profit in his $1.2 billion football palace.
A Victoria’s Secret PINK store will open Monday at Cowboys Stadium, a first at a professional sports stadium or venue.
"We think it’s cute as a bug and very in place to show it and sell it out there," Jones said Friday on KRLD-FM.
Cowboys Stadium has pretty much everything Jerry Jones could imagine packing into a single building, but if there’s one thing it lacks, it’s a certain feminine touch. No longer.
The Cowboys sent out a news release promoting a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event that will take place a few hours before the Cowboys kick off against the Chicago Bears. Victoria’s Secret models Elsa Hosk and Jessica Hart will be among the dignitaries there along with Charlotte Anderson, Jones’ daughter and the Cowboys’ executive vice president for brand management.
According to the release, Victoria’s Secret PINK is a "fully articulated lifestyle collection for young women that include bras, panties, loungewear and sleepwear."
The Cowboys Stadium store, which will be located on the main concourse club area above Entry A, will sell Victoria’s Secret PINK merchandise that features the Cowboys’ name and star logo.
No need to wait ’til Monday Night to have your emblazon your crotch with the Cowboys Star. May I suggest the Jerry-approved lace trim thong panties? You can order them online right now.
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COMPROMISING POSITION: Jerry Jones laughs about glasses cleaned, says he wouldn’t sit by him at a game
Jerry Jones is laughing about it now, and he’s glad he can – the moment the NBC cameras caught his son-in-law, Shy Anderson, cleaning his glasses for him.
“Had you told me last week that we’re going to be able to laugh and smile about this and it be something fun and notable to talk about, I would have taken that in a minute,” Jones said happily on his Friday morning radio show. “I was about to die up there. About to swallow my tongue.”
Jones said his glasses were just dirty, and that Anderson – the husband of Jones’ daughter, Charlotte Jones Anderson – offered to clean them.
“Listen, those things were fogged over, dirty, they had all kinds of prints on them,” Jones said, still chuckling. “He just reached down there and said, ‘Hand me those. You need some help.’ ”
But then, anything done near the Cowboys owner during a game is likely to wind up on TV, also.
Jones said with a laugh, “One of the things that I would do if I were another human on this planet is not sit near me at a ballgame because you could get compromised by what really is happening.
“And, of course, that was Shy Anderson, my son-in-law, he’s a vital part of our organization. trying to just help his father-in-law where he could see the ballgame. He reached down and said those things need cleaning. He’s paying the price on it.”
Jones laughed again, heartily.
“We’ll figure it out,” he said. “I heard that somebody might need to be shining my shoes up there. Somebody else serving me hors d’oeuvres in between the huddle.”
Jones said Anderson is enjoying the attention.
“We’re having fun with it, too,” he said. “And one of the great things about him, he does have a big-time sense of humor. We’re having more fun about how ridiculous it is. But it’s fun. Let’s keep it going.”
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IRVING, Texas — In the spirit of the holiday season, the Dallas Cowboys’ Rookie Club on Wednesday loaded a Salvation Army truck with the hundreds of Angel Tree gifts purchased by Dallas Cowboys players, coaches, executives and other staff.
The Salvation Army Angel Tree program has brought joy to thousands of needy children, seniors, and disabled adults during the holiday season.
The program is designed to meet the needs of those who otherwise would not have a Christmas.
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For the past 14 seasons, the Jones family has dedicated the Cowboys annual Thanksgiving Day halftime show as a national showcase to kickoff The Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Drive. The team’s association with network television has spawned a donation of $20 million worth of airtime to present nationally televised entertainment extravaganzas that have created a new holiday tradition.
DALLAS — No Cowboy has had a quicker rise to prominence this year than DeMarco Murray.
The rookie running back received the loudest ovation after Pro Bowlers Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware as the players handed out early Thanksgiving Day meals at The Salvation Army’s Carr P. Collins Social Services Center in Dallas on Tuesday.
That’s what rushing for 601 yards in the last four games will do for a runner.
“I’m just happy to be here and see all the people are happy,” Murray said. “There’s nothing like giving back.”
Murray, Ware and Witten were part of a dozen players to attend Tuesday’s function. They were joined by Jesse Holley, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Robert Callaway, Orlando Scandrick, Derrick Dockery, Phillip Tanner, Mat McBriar, Felix Jones and Jason Hatcher. Gene Jones and Charlotte Anderson, as well as a number of players’ wives and girlfriends, including Jason Garrett’s wife, Brill, were also in attendance.
Players and wives dished out meals to roughly 200 men and women for more than an hour as part of the team’s early holiday tradition.
“This is a special thing to come out to, putting smiles on these peoples’ faces,” Hatcher said. “I’m just a small fish in a big pond when it comes to DeMarcus Ware and Jason Witten but the effect I have on these lives puts joy in my heart. I’m glad I’m out here. I should’ve been doing it five years ago … I won’t miss another year. As long as I’m part of the Cowboys I will be here. This is a special day.”
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