On July 31, 2018, at the age of 49 years, Angela “Angie” Barker Jones passed from this life peacefully surrounded by family. She entered heavens gates and was joyfully welcomed by her grandparents, Bill and Betty Barker.
Angie was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma on July 29, 1969. She was a 1987 graduate of Tahlequah High School and received her Bachelor of Science in criminal justice in 1991 from Northeastern State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She later earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa in 1995, and graduated Order of the Curule Chair, being in the top 10 percent of her class. During her career, she worked for the Muskogee County District Attorney's Office and the Cherokee County District Attorney's Office but found her passion by serving as a public defender in Cherokee and Adair counties. She believed that everyone deserved exceptional legal representation regardless of their station in life and was particularly dedicated to serving her juvenile clients. Additionally, Angie served as a Supreme Court Justice for the Cherokee Nation and she and her husband owned and operated The Grill, a local eatery, where you might find her busing tables on a busy weekend. She often joked that she went to law school and became a waitress.
Angie was active in the Tahlequah community, serving as a Tahlequah Main Street Association board member and providing pro bono legal services to the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce when needed. In 2015, Jones received the President's Distinguished Service Award from the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce, she was a 2017 Cherokee Statesman Award recipient and most recently received the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System 2018 John Adams Award for Outstanding Advocacy.
In 1997, Angie married Dr. Steve Jones and together they raised their three children, Lindsey (Risenhoover) Vencl, Spencer Risenhoover and Wyatt Jones. She always said that her children were her greatest and most important accomplishments. Angie loved travelling, camping and spending time on the water. She loved making memories with her family and friends even if it was just sitting around the campfire. Throughout her courageous battle she never lost her sense of humor and found something to be grateful for every single day.
Angie is survived by her husband, Steve; three children, Lindsey Risenhoover Vencl and husband Hayden; son Spencer Risenhoover and fiancé Alex Pfingston; and son Wyatt Jones. Other survivors include her mother Dianne Barker Harrold and stepfather Dale Harrold; her sisters MeLinda Cookson and husband Reece and Leah Pickett and husband Tyler; her mother-in-law Linda Jones and her nieces and nephews who all lovingly called her Aunt Gigi along with a host of extended family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2pm on August 3, 2018 at Cornerstone Church in Tahlequah under the direction of Green Country Funeral Home, a private burial will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following charities: Colorectal Cancer Alliance at http://ccalliance.org/ or The Innocence Project http://www.innocenceproject.org