Elma Marie Jones-Young
December 18, 1930 – February 3, 2019
Elma M. Jones-Young was born on December 18, 1930, identical twin girls were born to Walter and Alice Jones in rural Burleson County, Texas. The twins were named Alma Marie and Elma Marie Jones. Elma Marie accepted Christ as her personal savior as a young child. She attended the local elementary schools and graduated from Kemp High School. She also attended a cosmetology school in Houston and Nursing School, earning her LPN. In 1952, she met and married Charlie Joe Jones. In the cold winter of 1953, the young couple moved to Albion, Michigan with their first child in search of employment opportunities. To this union five children were born. After settling in Albion, she joined the Bethel Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Marion H. Wheeler, Sr. Over the years, she was a member of the Nurses, Usher and Choir ministries, helped to organize and plan annual church events (such as Church Anniversary, Women’s Day, etc.), and often served as Mistress of Ceremony, and was announcement clerk. She also made sure that the Jones children attended AND participated in programs for the young people. She was active in the church ministry until her health began to slow her down. In 1974, Elma Marie married Nelson Young. He passed away in 1983. Elma Marie was employed by the Albion Public School, Food Service, for over 30 plus years. She often told her family that she truly enjoyed her job, especially the students and staff. Also, while raising her children, she was active in her children school as a room mother and field trip chaperone. For many years, she served as a Brownie, Camp Fire and Girl Scouts leader, and Den mother for Boy Scouts. She also volunteered in various community organization such as the Mother’s March of Dimes, voter registration drive and worked at the election polls. She enjoyed working in her yard, reading, listening to music or watching the Food Network programs. She was proud of her Texas heritage and often stated, “Don’t mess with Texas”. If you wanted a quick history lesson or a few general facts, say TEXAS!
Elma Marie is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Carl, James Willie, Cordis Sr.; her twin sister, Alma Marie; and youngest daughter, Carolyn Jones-Mitchell.
Her memories will be cherished by her surviving children: Cheryl Y. Jones, Denise D. Turner, and Debra J Wray; son, Rev. Derrick D. Jones; two son-in-laws, Michael Mitchell and Larry M. Wray; and sister, Ethel L. Mercer. Grandchildren: Tymecka, Jason (Kokob), Christina (Richard), Geri, Sharita, Michael, Tyler (Sara), Derrick “DJ”, Teri (Elliott) and Victor; Great Grandchildren: Jaden, Caleb, Carlito, Milcah, Adonai, Kayla, Cameron, Maxwell and Zachary, many nieces and nephews across the State of Texas and the USA.
Funeral Service will be Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12:00PM at Bethel Baptist Church, 523 Washington Street, Albion, Michigan 49224 with Family Hour starting at 11:00AM prior to the service with Pastor F. H. Alexander Jr. officiating. Interment to follow at Albion Memory Gardens.
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- Family Hour Monday, February 11, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2019
- Burial Monday, February 11, 2019
Elma Marie Jones-Young
February 8, 2019
I can remember a lot of those years at school and at church , with Sister Marie and , with our children. She will be miss! May God continue to bless the family . Love Marjorie Wilson , Lisa ,Stephanie, Roderic and Donovan.
February 7, 2019
Some of my fondest memories of Mrs. Jones-Young is her sweet smile and quiet nature. Whenever Carolyn & I would ride down to Albion from Lansing she would make it a point to come out to the car and say hello and share some words of praise and/or encouragement with my sons. She has a beautiful spirit that will be with all of us who knew her and loved her. My deepest sympathies to the family. Absent from the body present with Lord. Weeping endure the for a night but JOY cometh in the morning!!
Cordis Jones Jr
February 6, 2019
My fondness memories of my beloved Aunt was as a boy. She always welcomed me and my sisters with a shower of kisses. You just new right off you were loved by this woman. Through the years although not just around , their was a bond between me and my Aunt. One particular memory that stands out was her picking tomatoes from our grandmother Alice gardens. She and I would sit on the back steps with a box of salt with fresh picked garden tomatoes and a large glass of tea. Will always cherish that hot summer afternoon Love you Auntie
Cordis Jones Jr. Ethel Jones Parker and Cathy Jones