DALLAS _ Arminta Pearl Clark Jones, 90, the mother of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, passed away early Tuesday morning 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. You can't watch and