By Andralena Miller
Killeen Daily Herald
"Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you have never been hurt before. Live like each day is your last."
This was one of Karen L. Jones' favorite quotes and she lived by that quote.
"To know was to love her," said longtime friend Jan Doyle. "If you got to meet her, you'd love her. You just couldn't help but love her. ... She was just the sweetest person I ever met."
Jones lived her life to give of herself to not only her family and friends but to anyone that she met.
Funeral services for Karen L. (Porter) Jones, 49, of Pidcoke, were Aug. 5 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. Private family interment followed.
Jones died Aug. 2, 2008, at her home with her family by her side. She was born Dec. 20, 1958, in Chandler, Ariz., to Ed W. and Dorothy J. Porter.
While growing up, Jones attended many schools in Germany and the United States. Her father was in the Air Force for several years, separated and later joined the Army.
They moved wherever the military took them, said her mother, Dorothy Porter.
"She always seemed to get along with everybody," Porter said. "People, I think, felt comfortable around her. I don't think she ever met a stranger,"
When her father was stationed at Fort Hood and served in the Vietnam War, the family lived in Copperas Cove.
In 1977, Jones graduated from Copperas Cove High School. Upon graduating, Jones decided to stay in Copperas Cove, where she continued to develop lasting friendships. One of those lasting friendships was Doyle, her high school friend of 35 years.
"She was really sweet and considerate," Doyle said. "She was very loyal and dependable (especially) to her family."
Doyle pointed out that after Jones' father died in the Vietnam War, Jones would make time to help and check on her mother every day.
She also helped her friends, especially Doyle, who said Jones would be the first person she would call if she needed anything.
Jones helped others whenever she could, said Porter, and she definitely supported her husband, Bobby, and her children, Mindy and Brian.
"She made sure we had whatever we needed," Mindy Munoz said. "She was the mom that was always there."
Jones also provided support at her job. She was a software engineer/systems analyst on Fort Hood.
Doyle, who had the opportunity to work with Jones, observed her work ethic as a civilian contractor on Fort Hood.
"She took her job quite seriously," said Doyle. She made sure the computer software systems was functioning so the soldiers could train and perform their job safely.
She demonstrated her dedication while she served in Iraq for one year as a civilian contractor supporting the 1st Cavalry Division.
Jones often brought birthday cakes for co-workers, including ones she barely knew.
"She was just one of the most considerate people I ever met," said Doyle.
Munoz said her mother always made birthdays and holidays "a huge to-do."
"It didn't matter how old you were; she always went all out on birthdays." Munoz said.
Doyle said Jones loved to shop not just for herself but also for others. She would find little items throughout the year to put in goodie bags at Christmas.
Jones was preceded in death by her father, Ed W. Porter; mother-in-law, Christa Jones, and Buster.
She is survived by her husband, Bobby Jones of Pidcoke; daughter, Mindy Munoz and son-in-law, Chris Munoz of Montgomery; son, Brian Mullins and daughter-in-law, Katie Mullins of Copperas Cove; granddaughter, Amari Grace Munoz of Montgomery; mother, Dorothy Parker of Copperas Cove; brother, Edward Porter of Georgetown; and maternal grandmother, Elsie Northup of Waterloo, N.Y.; several aunts, uncles, in-laws, nieces, nephews; and many loving friends.
Donations can be made in her memory to www.goldstarfamilysupport.org to help families of fallen soldiers and/or the American Cancer Society.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.mem.com.
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