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Gabrielle L. â€śGabbyâ€ť Jones, 19, a resident of Churubusco, fell asleep in the arms of her Loving Savior Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
She had suffered with health issues for an extended period, but had been more seriously ill since September.
Gabby was born in Fort Wayne July 2, 1994, a daughter of Kregg A. and Lanette L. (Stienbarger) Jones, and spent all of her life in Churubusco.
She graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 2013, where she excelled in softball, volleyball and basketball.
As an honor student, she graduated in the top ten of her class, and was a member of the National Honor Society.
She attended Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, coached seventh grade volleyball at Churubusco Middle School, and volunteered as a youth soccer referee at the Whitley County YMCA.
In her leisure time, she enjoyed outdoor activities including spending time at the lake, being at the beach and camping. She also dearly loved her pets.
Surviving relatives include her parents, Kregg and Lanette Jones of Churubusco; her sister, Danielle (David) Rex of Churubusco; paternal grandmother, Barbara Jones of Fort Wayne; maternal grandparents, Dewayne and Helen Stienbarger of Churubusco; maternal great-grandfather, Merle F. Stienbarger of Churubusco; two uncles, Kurt (Jill) Jones of Fort Wayne and Bill (Christine) Stienbarger of Huntertown; an aunt, Laurinda (Ken) Spieth of Avilla; and six cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Gerald E. â€śPudâ€ť Jones; and maternal great-grandmother, Eunice (Jones) Stienbarger.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Pathway Community Church, 11910 Shearwater Run, Fort Wayne. Pastors Scott Davis, Todd Buckmaster, and Timothy Grable will officiate.
The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco today from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Churubusco Community Park, c/o Clerkâ€™s Office, 530 S. Main St., Churubusco, IN 46723; or Shadarobah Horse Rescue, 10113 Goshen Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Gabbyâ€™s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net or on Facebook.