OBITUARY

Frances L. Jones

August 18, 1937April 8, 2019
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Frances L. Jones, 81 of Columbia, MO, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2019 at her home in Columbia, MO.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia, MO. Funeral service follow at 2:00 pm at the funeral home with Rev. Lylia & Jim Altom officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Frances Lodine Long Jones was born August 18, 1937 in Cairo, Illinois to Marshall Neal and Anna May Long. She was one of eleven children.

When Frances was about ten years old her family moved to East St. Louis, Illinois. A friend from school once invited her to church and soon she became a regular attendee at Second Presbyterian Church close to her home. There she met Samuel and Marie Kitchen, who became lifelong friends and mentors. Mr. and Mrs. Kitchen were very influential in encouraging Frances to get an education. In 1951 they helped her enroll in The School of the Ozarks at Point Lookout, Missouri. All of her life Frances spoke fondly of her memories there. She graduated with honors in 1955.

It was at the School of the Ozarks that Frances met the love of her life, Earnest Lee Jones. Earnest graduated in 1954 and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri. This was a great motivation for Frances, and in the fall of 1955 she became an MU student where she studied vocal music performance in the Arts and Sciences program. Frances and Earnest continued their courtship while at MU and were married on June 23, 1957. Their wedding was held at the Second Presbyterian Church in East St. Louis. After the wedding they chose Columbia, Missouri as their permanent home. They had four children: Angie (1959), Randy (1964), Renee (1974), and Beth (1975).

Frances was employed many years in various clerical and secretarial positions. She developed strong skills in grammar, spelling, typing, shorthand and transcription. Most of her years of secretarial employment were spent working for the University of Missouri Steno Services.

In 1957 Earnest and Frances joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon church). Frances actively participated in the Columbia ward of the church for many years. In her later years her beliefs shifted more towards Seventh Day Adventist beliefs, but because she was mostly homebound at the time she never officially joined nor was able to attend services. She held very deep Christian beliefs which were important to her throughout her life.

Frances had many interests. She especially loved music. She performed in many groups: small vocal ensembles, church choirs, girls glee club, and was a member of the University of Missouri Choral Union. She also loved drama and performed in high school productions and later in regional musical and drama productions. Her main hobby was studying family history and genealogy. She enjoyed playing card games and bingo. During her homebound time she especially liked watching TV reruns of shows like Star Trek, Perry Mason, The Golden Girls, Murder She Wrote, and The Rifleman.

After several years of declining health, Frances died peacefully in her home on Monday, April 8, 2019 in the presence of family members.

Frances was preceded in death by husband Earnest Lee Jones; father and mother Marshall Neal and Anna May Long; sisters Edna Elizabeth Wideman, Doris Marie Tune, and Lola May Hollowell; brothers Jerry Lynn Long, Paul Vernon Long, and Daniel Lee Long; and grandson Brian Earnest Carlson.

She is survived by four children Angela Rose Jones Carlson, Randy Lee Jones (Heather), Joy Renee Jones Shelby (James), Merrie Beth Jones Rivera (Mike); grandchildren Heather Marie Carlson, Mellissa Carlson, Hayley Renee Linzie, Zachary Lee Jones, Jacob Ryan Hollandsworth, Jordyn Renee Hollandsworth; brothers David Eugene Long, Joseph Neal Long, Wayne Allen Baum; sister Gloria Jean Ridener; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Operation Smiles , c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by four children Angela Rose Jones Carlson, Randy Lee Jones (Heather), Joy Renee Jones Shelby (James), Merrie Beth Jones Rivera (Mike); grandchildren Heather Marie Carlson, Mellissa Carlson, Hayley Renee Linzie, Zachary Lee Jones, Jacob Ryan Hollandsworth, Jordyn Renee Hollandsworth; brothers David Eugene Long, Joseph Neal Long, Wayne Allen Baum; sister Gloria Jean Ridener; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Zach Jones
  • Mike Rivera Sr.
  • Mike Rivera Jr.
  • James Shelby
  • Kenny Andrews
  • DONATIONS

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Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 15, 2019
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Frances L. Jones

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Angela Garrett (Baum)

April 15, 2019

I remember Aunt Frances fondly as always being intelligent, well spoken, loving & the true definition of a lady! She and uncle Ernie were always so kind to everyone. I remember aunt Frances babysitting me some when I was younger. I used to be fascinated when she would play the piano and sing so beautifully. She really loved music. She used to take Renee, Beth & I swimming at Oakland Pool. I remember once when we went and I didn't know how to swim and was tired of sitting on the sidelines, so I decided to just run and fling myself in the water and learn to swim the hard way, Lol. I thought Frances was going to have a heart attack! But I remember she lovingly scolded me and then told me good thing I was a fast learner! Lol. I don't think she ever told on me to my parents...she let me be a rebel for a day, ha! The other thing I remember is aunt Frances loved God and shared her love for the church openly. So I know today she is in God's glorious kingdom being the beautiful lady she always has been, and making beautiful music with the angels! I love you aunt Frances and I can't wait to see you and uncle Ernie someday in Heaven!!! Love, Angela

Trina Andrews

April 10, 2019

Aunt Frances was more than a Aunt,she was like a second mother to me.she was a lot like my mom,and favored her so much..She was so kind sweet gentle and loving ,and she had a unbelievable amount of patience and a beautiful beautiful ❤️ heart..She was warm and inviting, and she had the most amazing gift of detailed I have ever seen .She was very passionate in her Christian belief's and spirituality and we spent countless times together sharing are worry's fears,desires and hopes for those she held dearest to her,as well as concern for mankind in this mixed up crazy confused, unsure world we live in.She loved talking about the secound coming of Christ,the rapture and how close she felt it was.She expressed the desire to live thru it.But I just told her it doesn't matter because you have your spot in the kingdom of heaven and God will take care of it all ..I remember watching movies with her , playing bingo with her , eating out with her,and I will never forget playing that family card game , Shanghi with her and how she would always sneak up on you and win, but act like she wasn't even close.It wasn't but 7 years ago we would walk around the pound together at Rock Quarry park together. and it seemed like I was the one tired and she was going strong still asking me if I needed to rest ,when before hand I was telling her, just to let me know if she got to tired.Lol. I was very close to Frances and I am so thankful God gave me that opportunity to bond with her..Especially after my mom died in 2006 and I moved back to Columbia I'm 2008,. even though I always loved her and enjoyed the visit before hand ,when she lived over on heirford and visiting the huge creepy saint Charles Rd house growing up often,it wasn't until then we reunited and became closer than ever.i will never forget her,nor all my loved ones who have passed, and I will miss her desperately, but I am glad she is free and with the Lord. . Prayer's go out to all her family and thoes she left behind, .

Kyle Hollandsworth

April 9, 2019

Frances was kind, thoughtful and had a nice softly spoken way saying things. When Jacob was a baby she stayed with us as his nanny and I'll always remember our late night conversations about God, religion and life in general. Sometimes we didn't agree but we always enjoyed the debate and the difference of perspective. I always admired how she seemed to be content with life and the occasional bingo game 🙂. I know she loved her children and grandchildren and I can say was always kind to me. She was loved and will be missed but I know now she has the answers to all those questions we used to discuss! Rest in God's Peace Frances.

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