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Mary Jane Jones

Memorial for Mary Jane Jones

Born in Scotlandville, Louisiana on Feb. 26, 1919
Departed on May 11, 2010 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, May 14, 2010
12 pm
Service: Saturday, May 15, 2010
1:00 pm
Cemetery: Cook Walden Memorial Hill
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Mary Jane Jones was born February 26, 1919, to the late Viola Green. She was raised by proud parents Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Butler in Scotlandville, Louisiana. She received her early education at Scotlandville Elementary and later attended Southern High School. Mary confessed Christ and was baptized at an early age.

She moved to New Orleans as a young adult where she met and married her loving husband Robert Lou Jones in 1938. They resided in Memphis, Tennessee until 1942 when they moved to Detroit, Michigan. Mary and Robert united with Galilee Missionary Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Reverend R.W. Williams. This union of marriage was blessed with one child, Sherry Marlene. Mary and Robert remained in holy matrimony for thirty-six years, until the two were separated by death.

While at Galilee, Mary willingly served as a Sunday school teacher, President of the Senior Choir, member of the missionary society, usher, and supervisor to the youth ministry. She was also an active member of the state and national Baptist conventions, and a frequently requested public speaker. Throughout her lifetime she remained a dedicated and faithful Christian servant and committed member of numerous churches including: Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church (Columbus, OH), Mt. Zion Baptist Church (Cincinnati, OH), Trinity Missionary Baptist Church (Pontiac, MI), and Morning Star Baptist Church (Tulsa, OK). At the time of her death, Mary was a member of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church (Austin, TX), where she had been in fellowship since August of 2000. Mary was a member of the senior ministry, women's ministry, and the Wisdom Sunday school class.

Mary worked as a homemaker. She was generous in spirit and caring in heart. She was affectionately known as "Mother Mary" because of her nurturing character and strong desire to embrace and love others. She was also known for her eagerness to express her opinions, whether requested or not. She mentored many neighborhood youth, including those from her church as well as those at area schools. Mary was an avid reader, especially of the Bible and the morning paper. She was often heard quoting scripture. She devoted her life to her family. She and her daughter Sherry, shared a beautiful relationship, not only of mother and daughter, but of friendship as well. Mary encouraged her to reach for the moon and to always walk with the Lord. She was especially close to her "dear son-in-law," with whom she had many heated discussions about politics, world events, and the remote control. She was a loyal, passionate, and patient caregiver to her four beloved grandchildren for more than 30 years. She enjoyed traveling the world and admiring the beauty of God's great Earth and its creatures. Even in the face of illness, Mary was a force to be reckoned with. During this last year her illness brought her and her niece Marguerite to a closer relationship as Marguerite assisted as her caregiver. Mary had a heart of gold, strength, intelligence, and wisdom which she shared with everyone that she encountered.

On Tuesday morning, May 11, 2010, while surrounded by her family, Mary Jane Jones was called home to be with the Lord. She was truly a blessing and inspiration to all that knew her and she will be greatly missed.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Robert Jones, her brother Freddie Beck, her sister Helen Simpson, and her best friend Freddie Starks. She leaves to cherish her memory, a devoted daughter and son-in-law, Sherry Marlene and Leamon Cummings Jr., Austin, TX; four grandchildren, Dr. Schvon Leigh Cummings, Indianapolis, IN; Leamon Cummings III (Casey), Austin, TX; Mindy Marie Cummings, Austin, TX; and Ondrea Nicole Cummings, Austin, TX; great grandson, Tyson Lee Eslin, Austin, TX; godson, Johnny Lee Williams, Detroit, MI; niece, Marguerite Anderson, Chicago, IL; brother-in-law, Earl Simpson, Chicago, IL; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends including life-long friend Marjorie Spicer, Chicago, IL. She also leaves behind her bodyguard and faithful companion, Prince Elton the Shitzu.

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