Mary Jean Jones
February 25, 1932 – November 10, 2017
Mary Jean Jones was born in Winter Haven, Florida to Charles and Gladys Butts and later moved to her father’s family farm in Arnoldsville, Georgia as a young girl. At 11 years of age, Mary Jean made goals for her life that she would like to be married, have children, and bring them up in the Christian faith. Mary Jean fulfilled those promises.
While working at the University of Georgia, Mary Jean met the love of her life, Dr. Marion L. Jones. They were married a year later and were together for almost 50 years before his death in October 2011.
Mary Jean at an early age displayed a special gift for playing the piano “by ear” and delighted friends and family for all the years of her life with her talent. She loved playing the piano before church services at The Wendell United Methodist Church and playing and working with the youth choir. When her mother moved into the Mayview Convalescent Home, Mary Jean entertained the residents by playing old familiar songs from their youth. After her mother’s death, Mary Jean continued to visit Mayview singing and playing for the patients and staff because, as she said, “I enjoy seeing the residents light up when I play their music.”
In 1987, Mary Jean was awarded the Wendell Mayor’s Award for her service in helping others, quietly and lovingly with no expectation of recognition or reward. It was an award she was shocked to receive, but delighted to accept.
Mary Jean loved children and she and Marion taught Sunday School at The Wendell United Methodist Church for several years. They both loved the Lord and shared their faith throughout their lifetimes.
Mary Jean is survived by her daughter Jeanie Jones of Wendell; son, Bill (Jessica) Jones of Franklinton and 3 grandsons, Isaac (Sarah), Adam (Ashley) and Micah; sister, Carol Frank (Peter) of Great Neck, NY; niece, Dara Freimark (Joel) and grandnephew, Oz of Brooklyn, NY; and nephew, David Frank of Brooklyn, NY.
A Memorial Service will be held at The Wendell United Methodist Church in Wendell, NC on Tuesday, November 14th at 1:00 pm with visitation to follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to The Food Pantry or The Music Ministry at The Wendell United Methodist Church in Wendell, NC.
The Jones family would like to extend our thanks to all who have reached out in love during our time of grief.