Teresa Diane Jones of Norman died suddenly on May 29, 2018 in Oklahoma City. She was born on May 4, 1966, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and had recently celebrated her 52nd birthday. She lived with and is survived by her mother, Adri-Anne Trammell of Norman. She is also survived by Major (Retired USAF) Jonathan Dale Jones, her stepmother Elizabeth Jones of Edmond and the Jones family: brothers Ian, Jason, and Jonathan Dale Jr. and sister Suzette. From Tulsa she is survived by cousins Rebekah McKinney and Mary Sanders. She is also survived by her long- time friends Amy, Verna, and Christy of Oklahoma City, family friends LouAnn Harris and Nicole Lugo of Norman, Clauddia Jackson of Moore, and Connie Oltman of Garfield, AR.
She was predeceased by her brother, Jonathan David Jones, uncle, Michael Austin Blaine Trammell, grandparents Nina and George Trammell and JD and Mildred Jones.
Teresa was adopted as a 6-month old baby from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The tribe is currently 10,000 members strong and their land covers some 35,000 Acres in Mississippi. As an adult she visited one of the tribal areas in Choctaw, Mississippi, Neshoba County. She remarked that she had never been anywhere before where she looked like so many of the women. She felt right at home. She was very proud of her heritage and was looking forward to going back this year.
Her favorite things to do: playing with our dogs Tasha and Charlie, keeping track of the wildlife on the lake in back of the house, watching very old sitcoms on TV, and meditating to Native American music. She also enjoyed visiting Indian churches and helping out with Indian taco fund-raisers, always with extra fry bread. And volunteering for an organization called AMBUCS which provides a variety of services for people with disabilities.
On March 2, 2017, she successfully completed a long-term program at Chi Hullo Li run by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in Talihina. She was very proud of this accomplishment and learned more about herself and the culture. She was a sweet (and stubborn) woman with a generous heart.
Major thanks go to her doctors and counselors at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, OU Infectious Disease Institute and the Central Oklahoma Mental Health Center in Norman.
Graveside services will be scheduled later this summer at the Old Enid Cemetery in Enid, Oklahoma.