Martha Frances Jones
December 17, 1925 – February 11, 2021
Martha Frances Gooch Jones, age 95 of McKinney, TX went home to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior on February 11, 2021 following complications from COVID-19. Martha was born on December 17, 1925 in Jackson, Tennessee to the late Dalton Gooch and Nora B. Gooch. She is preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, Buford, DC and Coy and 2 sisters, Alta Mae and Lucille. Martha was the youngest of 6 children. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, James Kendall Jones of McKinney, Texas, her son Richard Jones of McKinney, Texas and 1 niece, Carolyn Hedges of Cartersville, Georgia.
In the very early 1930s, Martha moved from Jackson with her family to Selmer, Tennessee. After graduation from Selmer High in 1944, Martha lived with and helped support her mother, Nora and her sister, Lucille in Selmer. During this time, Martha attended Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tennessee and was employed by a local Western Auto before spending about 6 years working as a nurse in Selmer for Dr Tom Neal “Bud” Humphrey, a family physician. In 1950, Martha met the love of her life, James Kendall Jones. Martha and James Kendall were married in Selmer on October 11, 1953. After a honeymoon in the Great Smoky Mountains, the newlywed couple settled in Memphis, Tennessee.
Over the next 7 ½ years, Martha worked as a nurse for various doctors in Memphis. When she gave birth to Richard in 1961, Martha ended her nursing career. Martha provided unconditional love to her husband, son and sister Lucille, who was in a nursing home for the last 7 years of her life. While living in Tennessee, Martha was a member of Mullins United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. In her younger years, Martha enjoyed traveling around the country in a travel trailer with her husband and son to various locations as Florida, Colorado, California and Western Canada. Martha was an extremely gifted artist who spent much of her time with oil painting and particularly watercolors. Her legacy includes almost 300 paintings that are near and dear to her family. In her older years, Martha read countless books about heaven and eternal life. Martha will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Martha’s life will be celebrated with a small private service in McKinney, Texas.