Mount Ayr Record-News, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, December 27, 2001
Bessie Viola (TAYLOR) JONES PERRY, daughter of James Riley & Nellie
May (FIGGINS) TAYLOR, was born May 30, 1904, near Afton, Iowa, Union
County and passed away on December 21, 2001 at Clearview Nursing Home in Mt.
Ayr, Iowa at the age of 97 years and 6 months.
Bessie was raised with 9 brothers and sisters near Diagonal, Iowa. Family was always a high priority to Bessie and she
maintained a close relationship with her brothers and sisters into adulthood. She graduated from Diagonal High School
in the class of 1922.
On March 6, 1924, she was united in marriage to Owen Zell JONES. To this union were born three children; a daughter,
Alice Mae and two sons, James Albert and Robert Dean. Zell and Bessie were engaged in farming in the Diagonal and Ellston
communities until retirement in 1959. Zell passed away December 1, 1959. In 1964, she was married to Ralph PERRY. He died
in October 1974.
Bessie's faith was the center of her life. She was raised in the Presbyterian Church in Diagonal and became a member of
the Ellston United Methodist Church when she and Zell moved to the Blackmore Corner. She looked forward to spending time
serving with the people in the Ellston Church and commuted to Sunday service even after she retired to Mt. Ayr. She later
transferred her membership to the First Christian Church in Mt. Ayr. Bessie was a member of the Mt. Ayr Chamber of
Commerce, Mt. Ayr Housing Board and the American Legion Auxiliary where she served as county president. She loved doing
things for others and got up many a morning to bake bread for neighbors at Mt. Ayr Manor #3. Bessie was known for her
quick wit and love of writing poetry. Many people asked her to commemorate special occasions with one of her poems. All
the poems she had written over the years were bound in a book and given to her family at her 90th birthday celebration.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J. R. & Nellie; husbands Zell and Ralph; brothers Forest, Floyd, Harold, and
Clifford TAYLOR; sisters Rena Belle TAYLOR and Frances TAYLOR PARKER; beloved son Jim and great-granddaughter, Keely
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Alice Mae JOHNSTON and husband Bill of Bedford, IA.; son, Bob and wife Margo
of Des Moines; daughter-in-law, Edna JONES of Mt. Ayr; brother Wayne L. TAYLOR of Diagonal; sisters Velma L. AVERY of Des
Moines, Verla Dean TAYLOR and husband Clyde of Gallatin, MO.; sister-in-law Lorabel TAYLOR of Diagonal; 9 grandchildren,
Steve JONES & wife Jean of Johnston, Barry JONES & wife Katy of Des Moines, Kathy RINEHART & husband Lynn of Mt. Ayr, Rob
JONES & wife Phyllis of DeSoto, Scott JONES of Des Moines, Todd JONES & wife Staci of Greenfield, Tim JONES & wife Kelli
of Greenfield, Tiffany KEMP and Nicole FUCOLARO & husband Sam all of Des Moines; 19 great grandchildren and 1
great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Photograph and Obituary courtsey of Deloris (Gravett) and Ramon L. "Ray" Bear, November of 2009
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