Nicole Therese Jones

Nicole Therese Jones, 41, known by many as Niki or Miss Jones, a dearly loved friend, daughter, sister and teacher, passed away on Dec. 12, 2019, in Alameda. 

Nicole radiated with kindness, generosity and joy towards life. Even at a young age she was considerate and caring of others. Her passion for animals, education, her service as a Girl Scout and her stature as a constant role model for her friends and cousins serve as evidence of her principled, yet gentle nature. 

Like her father, Nicole was competitive and strived for the best in everything: sports, board games, education and career. But her sensitivity to those around her never let the pursuit of accomplishment get in the way of creating a better experience for all. Nicole played varsity softball at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland and went on to receive a degree in psychology with a minor in human development at UC Davis. Her educational background seamlessly bridged her innate ability to connect with children to her career in early childhood education. 

Nicole went on to teach for 16 years at Love Elementary (formerly Haight Elementary) School in the Alameda Unified School District. She taught kindergarten, second grade and third grade.

In 2014, Nicole received a master’s degree in reading and language arts from St. Mary’s College in Moraga. All those who knew Nicole recognized that she was a perfect fit to pursue a career that required monumental levels of patience and empathy, both traits that she so effortlessly embodied. Her magnanimous heart consistently gave to those in need of extra support. Nicole worked to bring creativity and compassion to her classroom.

Nicole will be remembered for her blue jean overalls and pigtail braids, her stunning and bright blue eyes, her love of tomatoes, understated confidence and smart and joyful demeanor. Stubborn to the end, she endured an eight-year battle with brain cancer and took each day in stride to defy the odds. 

Nicole spent her last months surrounded by the love of family and friends. Her memory will remain in our hearts and we will find solace that her soul has found a place of happiness with her adoring father in the stars.
Nicole is survived by her mother, Theresa Ann (Green) Jones; grandmother, Mary Frances (Abraham) Green; brother, Matthew Stephen Jones; sister-in-law, Anna Lorraine (Shute) Jones; nine aunts, 10 uncles and 26 cousins. Nicole was predeceased by her father, Stephen Russell Jones; grandfather, Russell Harry Jones; grandmother, Cecile Margaret (McKee) Jones; and grandfather, George Robert Green.

Special thanks to the teachers and staff at Love Elementary School for their love and support, to UC San Francisco Medical Center for their compassionate care and to the firefighters of Alameda Fire Station No. 2 for making it possible for Nicole to visit her favorite places during her final months.