Jeanne Jones

January 20th

Jeanne Elizabeth (Sutton) Jones, 90, died on January 20, 2015 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Syracuse. She was born December 1, 1924 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Aubert Waldo and Madge (Garten) Sutton. On November 4, 1945 she married William T. Jones Jr, who preceded her in death on February 13, 1987.

She was a graduate of Shortridge High School, Indianapolis where she was on the staff of the Shortridge Daily Echo, the first daily high school newspaper in the nation. She attended Butler University, College of Education where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.

She and her husband were co-owners of the Jones and Hurt Mortuary, Indianapolis, before moving to Lake Wawasee in 1953, later opening the William T. Jones Real Estate and Insurance Agency in Syracuse.

She followed her life long love of journalism as a feature writer for the Syracuse Wawasee Journal. She was also the author of “Historical Sketch of St Andrew’s United Methodist Church.” She was a volunteer at Goshen General Hospital, later working there as the unit secretary coordinator. She was later employed in the Business Administration department of Bowen Center, Warsaw and Oaklawn Psychiatric Center. She joined Family Counseling Service, Elkhart to become the first manager of Consumer Credit Counseling Service in Elkhart County. In 1995, after a short retirement, she became the Director of the Old Jail Museum, Warsaw, retiring again in 2005.

An ardent antifeminist, she believed strongly in the traditional values and the sanctity of marriage, family and home.

She was the first President of the Bashor Home Auxiliary, served as President of the Lakeland Community Drug Education Committee, and was on the board of the Kosciusko County Juvenile Justice Task Force.

A long time member of St Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Syracuse, she was also Chairman of the Methodist Thrift Shop Committee for a number of years. She also served as Church Historian. She was a Life member of The Bashor Home Auxiliary and The Kosciusko County Historical Society, a member of the Agnes Pruyn Chapman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the late Wednesday Afternoon Club of Syracuse.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. David (Kathleen) Jones, Syracuse, two sons, Lawrence E. (Valerie) Jones, Dublin, Ohio, and W. Scott Jones, Orlando Fla, one granddaughter Mrs. Howard ( Emily) Hale, two great grandsons Gabriel and Nolan Hale, all of West Alexandria Ohio, and extended family Mr. & Mrs. Richard (Linda) Mayberry, Goshen, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James W. Sutton.

Visitation will be Friday from 2PM to 4:30PM and 6PM to 8PM at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Syracuse. The funeral will be held at 10AM Saturday at St Andrew’s with a graveside service to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Memorials may be made to Bashor Children’s Home, PO Box 843 Goshen, Ind. 46527, St Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 1413 N. Long Drive Syracuse, Ind. 46567, or Kosciusko County Historical Society, PO Box 1071, Warsaw, Ind. 46581.


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