Shelley Jones Owens, a 74 year resident of Palos Verdes Estates, passed away on Friday, October 16, 2009 at her home in Palos Verdes Estates. She died in her sleep. Shelley was 74 when she went to be with the Lord.
Shelley was born on August 30, 1935 in Los Angeles, California to Francis Dorthea and William Mosely Jones III. She lived in California all her life and had one brother William Mosely IV. She went to Montebello High School and graduated in 1954. She then attended The University of Southern California where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 1958. She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority and participated in many campus activities. She went on to have a career in advertising and did a little modeling. She appeared in various magazine/print ads for her father's company Pacific Savings and Loan
In 1959 Shelley met Theodore Ronald Litwiller and they were married on June 11, 1960. She gave birth to two children, a son, Theodore Ronald II in 1961, and a daughter, Lisa, in 1962. As a young woman Shelley enjoyed playing tennis at the Jack Kramer Club and snow skiing at the family condo in Mammoth. She often sailed to Catalina on her father yacht the "Pacifier".
Shelley loved to travel and visited many far off countries during her life. She journeyed to destinations such as Greece, China, and New Zealand to name a few. She even went all the way to Germany one time when she wanted to buy a car. When her grandson Tyler Raymond was born, in 1995, she travelled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to welcome him into the world.
In later years, Shelley developed a passion for golf. She was a member of the Palos Verdes Country Club and played in numerous tournaments there. She also enjoyed playing bridge and met monthly with a local ladies club to play. She was a fan of orchestral music. She regularly attended concerts at the Hollywood Bowl where she was season ticket holder. Shelley was also a big football fan and loved to root for the USC Trojans. Another great passion in her life were her dogs. She bred and raised Shi Tzu puppies and loved them dearly.
She supported many charitable organizations such as the American Assistance League and the Blind children's Center to name a few.
She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Litwiller of Newport Coast, CA, her son, Theodore Ronald Litwiller II, and his wfe Susan, of Palos Verdes Estates, CA, and two Grandsons Tyler Raymod Litwiller and Brennan Kirvanos, and three Grandaughters Leandra and Alyssa Price, and Danica Kirvanos. She is preceded in death by her mother, Frances Dorthea Jones and father, William Mosely Jones III.
Rest in peace Beloved Mother and Grandmother
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Blind Children's Center at 4120 Marathon Street, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Blind Children's Center