Pauline Teresa Nuanez Jones, a compassionate, caring, proud mother, passed away from COVID-19 on February 3, 2021, at the age of 59 years old. Pauline was born at the Maricopa County Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona on February 19, 1961, to Mellie ‘Nani’ Chavez Nuanez and Alfonso Wilfred Nuanez Sr.
Pauline loved taking her children, Trini and Dominique on adventures even if it meant pulling them out of school for the day. She loved to sing and dance, go to the ocean, fish, hike, read, snowboard, and go camping. She loved with her whole heart and would do anything she could for her family.
As a member of the Society of Creative Anachronisms, she was a member of House Staghold, socialized with the Dark Ones, and found love. Pauline and Michael Jones were married at the Estrella War Event 14 years ago, February 17, 2007.
As part of Pauline’s Catholic faith, she fed the hungry, signed up families for healthcare, and defended immigrants. She was an activist with Mi Familia Vota and Living United for Change in Arizona.
She attended Pasadena City College before becoming a childcare specialist. Caring for children was her passion. In the years preceding her death, she found purpose in caring for her nephew’s children David Jr., Daniel, Kendall, and Daiden Nuanez.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Victoria Medina, sister Maria Crucita Nuanez Olivares, mother Mellie Chavez Nuanez, and father Alfonso Wilfred Nuanez Sr. She is survived by her husband Michael D. Jones, her children Mellie Trinidad Trader and Dominique Medina, Son-in-law Ronald Thomas Trader, her grandchildren Ronald T. Trader Jr, Heather Michelle Trader, Madeline Sage Trader, Michael, and Andrew. Her siblings Linda Nuanez-Davis, Rachel Nuanez, Alfonso Wilfred Nuanez Jr, Irene Nuanez, Jennifer Lynn Nuanez and Karen Serrano, her step-mother Elvira M. Nuanez, and her many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Services will take place on Friday, February 19, 2021 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th St, in Phoenix. Visitation begins at 9:30 AM and the Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 AM. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., in Phoenix. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.