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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, September 25, 2014

OBITUARY ~ ILA "LOUISE" (JEANES) JONES
February 15, 1921 ~ September 18, 2014

Celebration of Life Services for Louise Jones, age 93, of Lenox, who passed away early Thursday morning in Creston, was held Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Lenox United Methodist Church. Interment was held at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Memorials may be directed to the Lenox Public Library or the Ronald McDonald House. Memories may be shared at www.ritchie funeral home.com The Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox was entrusted with the arrangements.

Ila Louise (Jeanes) Jones was born February 15, 1921, in rural Ringgold County, the daughter of James (Billy) and Mary Etta Bye Jeanes. She grew up in the rural Mount Ayr, Iowa area and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1939. She then taught for one year at a country school. On August 7, 1940, she was united in marriage to Alva Jones in Mount Ayr. To this loving union of 66 years, four children were born: Ronald Dale, Donald Dean, Vicki Sue, and Nancy Ann.

Louise and Alva raised their family on the farm near Clearfield. They lived and worked there until 1997 when they moved to Lenox. She took great pride in both her garden and helping Alva with the baby pigs and other farm chores.

She was an avid and competitive pitch player. She and Alva taught many of their grandchildren how to play the card game. They also spent many an afternoon at the Tingley Congregate Meal Site playing bingo and both took pleasure in going fishing with family, neighbors, and friends.

Louise had an excellent memory and remembered all the important family milestones. She also kept meticulous notes in her diaries and often referred to them in conversations for details about weather. She was a member of the United Methodist Church for over fifty years.

Left to cherish Louise’s memory are her children Ronald and Shirley Jones of Joplin, Missouri, Donald and Sharon Jones of Washington, Iowa, Vicki and Dennis Huffman of Melcher, Iowa, and Nancy and David Riley of Lenox, Iowa; grandchildren Mike (Mary) Jones; Mitch (René) Jones, Melissa (Richard) Brown, Manda McClure, Kurt (Jessica) Jones, Greg (Laurie) Jones, Marcy (Ron) Fadness, Lisa (Dave) Lentell, Allison Riley, Aaron (Stephanie) Riley, and Alyssa Riley; great-grandchildren Elizabeth Louise and Ruth Jones, Jessica, Andrea, Sara, Mallory (Cesar) Aguilar, Ben, Lauren, Mark, Nathan, Luke, Mathew, John, and Thomas Jones, Samuel and Jacob Brown, Hayden McClure, Kessa, Justice, and Amara Jones, Ryker and Henley Jones, Laurel and Erick Fadness, Nastia and Alex Lentell, and Megan, Savannah, and Alexis Riley; and great-great-granddaughter Meckinley Aguilar. Louise is also survived by her numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbors, and friends.

Louise was proceeded in death by her husband, Alva Jones; parents, James (Billy) and Mary Etta Jeanes; sisters Merle Greeley, Emiline Jeanes, Doris Freeman, Margaret Matthews, Evelyn Reynolds; brothers Lloyd Jeanes, Paul Jeanes; Ned Jeanes, Robert Jeanes, and Donald Jeanes.

She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by her children, grandchildren, other relatives, and friends. We take great comfort in knowing she’s in the loving arms of Jesus and with her beloved husband and relatives who were waiting for her.

We will forever hold our precious memories in our hearts.
May you be at peace in God’s loving care.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2014

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