History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Valued Staff

  • Michael P. Jones

    Michael P. Jones Licensed Funeral Director - Owner

  • Anna Hoegh

    Anna Hoegh Business Manager

    As many of you may know, Michael and I have been together for several years and have been engaged since Christmas of 2017. So taking on the business manager role I thought was just keeping him in line and on his really busy weeks making sure he knew exactly which direction he was headed in. A whole lot more came along with this role and these other responsibilities are the things I actually love doing and have spent many years working my way up from the bottom. With complete hands on knowledge on how to keep the books balanced, having a good marketing plan, keeping our IT department up to date, making sure our great staff is taken care of, and assisting where ever I am needed in the funeral home.
    We are not shy about bringing our home life into the funeral home, all six of our kids, 3 of Mike’s and 3 of mine have all worked in the funeral home. With our kids we love attending Iowa Hawkeye football games, sushi dates, and Fourth of July’s at the lake. A perfect get away for just the two of us would be a nice dinner in the city with a live performance. Along with his and mine, we have ours which include a Siberian Husky, calico cat, and two ornery Parti-Yorkies.
    I love being a mom but my favorite me-time things to do would be decorating our home (aka plant enthusiast), making dinner with a glass of wine and good music, or a 30 minute mind clearing session of yoga.

  • Cara Harris

    Cara Harris Office Manager

    Cara grew up in Tipton, Iowa and graduated from Tipton High School in 2006. After high school she attended Buena Vista University where she played volleyball and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Communications. Following college she worked various design jobs and management positions and began working for Pauley Jones Funeral Home in October of 2017, where she utilizes her caring personality to build relationships with families during their time of need and she also “man’s” the office duties in our Avoca location.
    Cara and her husband G.G. currently live in Oakland with their four children: Boston, Jersey, Jensyn and Jovie. Whenever she has free time she enjoys attending sporting activities that her kids are involved in, crafting, gardening and being outside. She values time with her family and friends. Whenever she gets a free moment she loves to binge watch series on Netflix and have a much needed girls night.

  • Payten Hoegh

    Payten Hoegh Office Manager

  • Lori Holste

    Lori Holste Office Manager

    Lori worked most of her adult career in economic development before coming to work for Pauley Jones Funeral Home in 2020. Lori and her husband Jeff now live in Marne, but raised their kids on a farm just outside of Walnut where her husband still works. They have 2 grown children. Their son and his wife and their three children, 2 boys and 1 girl, live in Shenandoah, and their daughter and her husband and two boys live in rural Shelby.
    Lori and Jeff enjoy spending time outdoors, riding their motorcycle or enjoying a cabin by a lake. And of course spending time with their grandkids.

  • Brian Wohlhuter

    Brian Wohlhuter Funeral Assistant

    Brian grew up in southern Minnesota on a family farm. After graduating from college and seminary in the Twin Cities Brian and his wife Tracy, moved to southwest Iowa. He has served, and is currently serving, as pastor at the Minden United Church of Christ since 2005. He is enrolled as a Mortuary Science student at DMACC and hopes to work as pastor and funeral director in the near future. His life outside of work and school consists of chasing his two boys around, Isaac (14) and Alex (11), and enjoying life with his family. They all cheer for the Minnesota sports teams and enjoy following them through each season.