OBITUARY

Doris Marie Jones

November 16, 1943March 9, 2019
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Doris Jones of Austin, Texas, passed away on March 9, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Susie Evelyn Hughes (Jones) and George Jones, Jr. Doris spent her formative years with her loving grandparents, Mariah Erves-Hughes and Robert Hughes, who taught her the importance of education, hard work and discipline. She was raised Catholic and was unwavering in her faith throughout her life.

Doris was born to be an educator. She demonstrated a lifelong love of learning from an early age. Growing up in Mississippi she understood the power of a good education and how far it could take you. She was intent on ensuring that young people could reach their potential in the classroom. Doris attended Alcorn State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She then went on to earn a Master of Science in Education at State University of New York (College at New Paltz).

Doris began her career in education as a librarian at Etta O’Neil Library in Vicksburg, but she was destined to be in the classroom with students ‒ her true calling. Doris taught elementary school age children for 50 years, across Mississippi, New York and Texas. She spent over three decades with the Austin Independent School District (AISD), teaching 2nd through 4th grades. Doris received numerous commendations as an educator, including winning AISD’s Teacher of the Year in 1994. During her decades in education in Texas, Doris also served on the State Board of Education’s book review committee, filling the family home with educational textbooks, and helping to ensure all students had access to high-quality textbooks in their classrooms.

Doris was married to Benjamin F. Jones, Jr., for 53 years. They met in 1966 in their hometown of Vicksburg. One day, Ben saw Doris walking home from Etta O’Neil Library and was so taken aback by her that he immediately stopped to introduce himself. They started dating shortly thereafter and were married by the end of that year. Their marriage was rooted in love, patience and understanding, and they were together until Doris’ end. Their union bore three lovely children – Benjamin F. Jones, III, Katrina Jones and Kimberly Jones. Doris had a strong belief in family ties and preserving a strong family unit. She raised her children with lots of love and support, and as a mother provided them with a caring and compassionate respite – you could always go home. There, she would be waiting for you, and would welcome you with open arms and encouraging words of wisdom.

Doris had many roles, each one as important as the next. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and leader in the Austin community. She will be missed by many ‒ especially by her family. Her life was a great example for all to follow – one of loyalty, determination, love, faith, continuous learning, thoughtful discernment and grit. We will strive to honor her legacy by holding true to those tenets that guided her life and by following her example. Doris was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mariah Erves-Hughes and Robert Hughes; her parents, George Jones and Susie Evelyn Hughes; her stepfather, Thomas Williams; brothers Dwight Williams, Michael Williams, Thomas Williams, and sister, Linda Sue Williams. Doris is survived by her husband of 53 years, Benjamin Jones, Jr, and her children Benjamin Jones, III, Katrina Jones (Dane Glen), and Kimberly Jones (Adam Perez). She is also survived by her three beautiful grandchildren ‒ Annabella Marie Perez, Grace Lillian Glen, and Severa Mariah Perez. Doris Jones was a loving and devoted sibling and is also survived by her sisters, Pamela Ned and Jean Strong, along with a host of wonderful nieces and nephews.

The family has entrusted Dignity Memorial at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home with funeral preparations. An evening rosary vigil will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 pm CST on Friday, March 15th, at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, located at at 9700 Anderson Mill Rd in Austin, TX. The funeral service honoring Doris Jones’ life will be held at 12:00 pm CST on Saturday, March 16th, at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church at 7601 Burnet Rd in Austin, TX.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldenchapelofthehills.com for the Jones family.

  • FAMILY

  • Benjamin Jones Jr, Husband
  • Benjamin Jones III, Son
  • Katrina Jones & Dane Glen, Daughter
  • Kimberly Jones & Adam Perez, Daughter
  • Annabella Marie Perez, Grandchild
  • Grace Lillian Glen, Grandchild
  • Severa Mariah Perez, Grandchild
  • Pamela Ned, Sister
  • Jean Strong, Sister
  • Doris is also survived by a host of wonderful nieces and nephews who will lovingly cherish her memory.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Rosary Service Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, March 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Doris Marie Jones

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Chris Sanchez

March 13, 2019

Mrs. Jones was my fourth grade teacher at Wooldridge ES. She was tough on us and never gave up. I am a teacher now and she was a part in shaping the educator I am today. Thank you Mrs Jones.

Michelle Osorio

March 13, 2019

Mrs. Jones was my fourth grade teacher many, many years ago in Austin, Texas. My mom has purposely put me in her class because she was an amazing teacher. I always thought she was supper tough on us but later in life I realized she did it because she loved us and wanted the best for us. When I had my older son in 2013, she came and visited me in the hospital. She was the only one who came and saw how my son and I were doing. She will forever be missed. Rest in peace, Mrs Jones!

Linda Purvis

March 12, 2019

Doris was a fourth grade teacher at Wooldridge El in Austin during the 4 years I served as that campus’ principal. Doris was an amazingly talented teacher. Every student who entered her class knew that they were loved and respected by Mrs. Jones. They knew that she was tough, but she would help them leave her class as a much stronger student, a better friend to classmates, and changed forever because of their time with Mrs. Jones.
My life is better because of knowing her!
Rest In Peace.

Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Ladner

March 12, 2019

To my brother, Ben, their lovely children and the Williams Family: Doris was truly a TREASURE to her family and in-laws. She was more than a sister-in-law to us, but more like a sister for the fifty-three years in our family. I will miss her tremendously--our lengthy conversations, the laughter, the seriousness, the Christmas Eve all night cooking via the telephone, sharing of information and the many fun memories we shared. I will always remember her passion and devotion to education, hence, her many years of helping to educate children. As Doris continues her journey into eternity, Jerry and I will aptly remember her with this thought: When someone you love becomes a memory, treasure the memory. Doris will forever remain a TREASURE in our memories. Her life was one that was well-lived!!! We love you Sis. The Ladners (Jerry & Willie Ella) in Naperville, IL.

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Biography

Doris was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Susie Evelyn Hughes (Jones) and George Jones, Jr. Doris spent her formative years with her loving grandparents, Mariah Erves-Hughes and Robert Hughes, who taught her the importance of education, hard work and discipline. She was raised Catholic and was unwavering in her faith throughout her life.

Doris was born to be an educator. She demonstrated a lifelong love of learning from an early age. Growing up in Mississippi she understood the power of a good education and how far it could take you. She was intent on ensuring that young people could reach their potential in the classroom. Doris attended Alcorn State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She then went on to earn a Master of Science in Education at State University of New York (College at New Paltz).

Doris began her career in education as a librarian at Etta O’Neil Library in Vicksburg, but she was destined to be in the classroom with students ‒ her true calling. Doris taught elementary school age children for 50 years, across Mississippi, New York and Texas. She spent over three decades with the Austin Independent School District (AISD), teaching 2nd through 4th grades. Doris received numerous commendations as an educator, including winning AISD’s Teacher of the Year in 1994. During her decades in education in Texas, Doris also served on the State Board of Education’s book review committee, filling the family home with educational textbooks, and helping to ensure all students had access to high-quality textbooks in their classrooms.

Doris was married to Benjamin F. Jones, Jr., for 53 years. They met in 1966 in their hometown of Vicksburg. One day, Ben saw Doris walking home from Etta O’Neil Library and was so taken aback by her that he immediately stopped to introduce himself. They started dating shortly thereafter and were married by the end of that year. Their marriage was rooted in love, patience and understanding, and they were together until Doris’ end. Their union bore three lovely children – Benjamin F. Jones, III, Katrina Jones and Kimberly Jones. Doris had a strong belief in family ties and preserving a strong family unit. She raised her children with lots of love and support, and as a mother provided them with a caring and compassionate respite – you could always go home. There, she would be waiting for you, and would welcome you with open arms and encouraging words of wisdom.

Doris had many roles, each one as important as the next. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and leader in the Austin community. She will be missed by many ‒ especially by her family. Her life was a great example for all to follow – one of loyalty, determination, love, faith, continuous learning, thoughtful discernment and grit. We will strive to honor her legacy by holding true to those tenets that guided her life and by following her example.