Darlene Kaye Jones
September 24, 1949 – October 5, 2020
Darlene Kaye (Blackwood) Jones died October 5, 2020, in Temple, Texas, after a six-month battle with leukemia. She was 71.
Darlene was born September 24, 1949 in Spokane, Washington. In her youth, she traveled around the U.S. and Germany as part of a military family, eventually settling in San Antonio, Texas, where she graduated from MacArthur High School in 1967. She was also a proud alumna of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she received her bachelor’s in mathematics and history in 1970.
In 1974, while searching for an apartment in Austin, Texas, she met Alan Jones, a law student and part-time building super. They were married six months later, and enjoyed 47 devoted years together. Alan and Darlene raised two children, Chris, who now works in sports administration in Durham, North Carolina, and Kimmie, who is editor-in-chief of The Austin Chronicle, an alternative weekly in Austin, Texas.
A lifelong educator, Darlene taught at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels, toggling between mathematics and history, and coaching students in academic decathlon. Over the course of three decades, she taught at Roosevelt High School in San Antonio; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Day School in Amarillo, Texas; Guy B. Phillips Middle School and Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Canyon High School in Canyon, Texas; and Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas.
In their retirement, Alan and Darlene moved to Georgetown in order to be closer to Darlene’s mother, Dolly, who passed away in 2014. Dolly, Darlene, and her elder sister Diane enjoyed many trips together over the years, a passion Darlene continued with Alan as they toured Europe and South America together and made frequent trips to North Carolina to see their beloved grandsons Benton and Peyton.
Darlene was an avid reader and enjoyed sharing her love of books with her family and friends; she loved to plot out which panels she would attend every year at the Texas Book Festival. She loved to grill with Alan, watch cycling races on TV, play canasta, and make plans for her next trip. But most of all she loved her family.
She is survived by husband Alan Benton Jones, 70, of Georgetown, Texas; son Christopher Alan Jones, 45, of Durham, North Carolina, his wife Kimberli (Atkins) Jones, and their two sons, Benton, 16, and Peyton, 12; daughter Kimberley Kaye Jones, 42, of Austin, Texas; and sister Diane Andres of Willow River, Minnesota, her husband John, and their children John Jr., Michael, and Michelle. She was predeceased by her father, Dale Blackwood, and mother, Delorse Madison "Dolly" Blackwood.
We encourage those wishing to make a donation in her memory to contribute to the Southwestern Fund for Student Scholarships at www.givecampus.com/campaigns/8938/donations/new.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Darlene Kaye Jones
October 13, 2020
Darlene and I were in a Book Group together. Her keen intelligence coupled with a wide variety of life experiences enlivened and enriched our meetings in countless ways. She and I also shared a deep respect for Dr. Dooner as we both had similar eye issues. Please accept my sincere condolences.
October 7, 2020
This message is for Kim, Christopher’s wife. As I remember from years ago when a grandfather, was taken too soon from two young children, Chris and Kimberley. The look on Darlene and Alan’s faces was devastating to see. Your sons will need a great deal of love at this time. I am sorry once again a grandparent was taken too soon from them also. Help them remember all of the adventures you have all had through togetherness and love. Give the boys a hug from Uncle Phil and Aunt Ronda.
October 7, 2020
My love and sorrow is great at this time for a woman of love, for life, her Husband, children and grandchildren. My prayers were for Darlene and such a wonderful family and the home she made for you that she would beat the illness that took her life. Darlene always spoke with great pride of son Christopher and daughter Kimberly and justly so for grandsons Ben and Payton. I looked forward to her Christmas news letter and family updates along with the trips she made with her Mother and sister in past years. As you spoke to Darlene you can understand what it meant to her for the trips abroad with Alan and the wonder history and future they had planned together.
May your heavy hearts continue to be full of her Love and Blessings she gave to each of you.