Thieves steal late husband's roses
LESS than 12 months after her husband died suddenly, Julie Jones has had her heart broken again.
"One of the last things he did for me, before he passed away, was plant those roses," a heartbroken Mrs Jones said about husband, and father of her four children, Neil.
During the Easter holidays in April last year, Neil and Julie took a trip to Toowoomba where the couple purchased several rose-bushes from Mirabella.
Now, two of those bushes have been stolen from her front garden, the latest on Wednesday evening.
Eldest daughter, Lauren Preston (nee Jones) was so angry she took to Facebook to vent her anger, and post a picture of the two laminated signs.
"This is the second time it's happened; the first time was in November last year. I was so cranky I wanted to put a sign up," Mrs Preston said.
Since she posted on Facebook, the story has been shared 104 times.
It's been an emotionally hard year for the Joneses, not only facing the loss of Neil, but also with serious illnesses and sudden deaths of friends to the family.
"I'm trying to keep the kids going strong," Mrs Jones said.
"He passed away on show weekend; 29 years after we first met," she said.
Neil Jones was a highly respected member of the teaching community who many viewed as a role model and mentor.
He was also very active in the Gympie community.
"Neil was always one for doing something for the community," she said.
It is because of his community involvement that Julie and Lauren are having difficulties reconciling the recent rose theft.
"After we donated all those things, it just doesn't feel like there's any good karma out there," Mrs Jones said.