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Funeraria Del Angel Crespo

2516 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Juanita O. Jones

May 16, 1929September 6, 2019
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Juanita O. Jones was born on May 16, 1929 and passed away on September 6, 2019.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Rosary Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Interment Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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Rubina Lizcano

September 12, 2019

My aunt was a go-getter there was no such thing as can't .My Aunt Juana had inspirational words to give one to believe in their selves to lift up their self esteem to know that they can conquer all obstacles and set their dream forward my aunt was awesome a very strong woman and now my Aunt Juana,Aunt Fina and my mama Aunt Tencha my mom and her sisters I was lucky enough to say I had three moms because my aunt's love me like their own it's something about the Olachea women they have a beautiful gift a gift of sharing their love for their nephews and nieces as well as their own I'm so grateful and so blessed to have the guidance of all three women and to my aunt Juana she will be missed for all your inspirational talk and for all your lovin words hugs and kisses pats on the head and even your doctor in WaysI will truly miss all the beautiful gifts that God has given you to love all of us in this world like your own I love you my dear Aunt Juana I know that you and my Uncle Andrew and my cousin Ronald my mama and my daddy my grandparents my great-grandparents my uncles and my dear sweet cousins Nina and my cousin Lucy are all having a beautiful celebration in heaven I love you dearly your favorite niece ❤️😘❣️ Bernina lol Civi😅😂🤣😭🤩🥰😘

LILIANA COBOS

September 11, 2019

She was a joy always in good spirit te quiero ❤️

Veisha Godfrey

September 11, 2019

Grandma was an amazing strong women. She was an integral part of my life and such a blessing. She was at high school graduation, my college graduation, holding my hand when I gave birth to my daughter, at my daughters birthday parties and dance recitals. We were so blessed. So very very blessed.

Brooklyn Churchwell

September 11, 2019

Brooklyn Churchwell

September 11, 2019

My 6th birthday party. Grandma gave me the BEST birthday party ever.

Elizabeth Ramirez-Alcoser

September 11, 2019

Mrs. Jones will be missed and not forgotten. She was a little firecracker who faught for the rights of her community. She helped find the available resourses to provide us what was needed 😢. My mother, San Juanita Zermeño and family received her support along with many other families. Eventhough, I moved to the Valley when my mom passed away in 1983 I still kept in touch with Mrs. Jones. I remember the last time we spoke she had mentioned that she worked at Crockett Elementary School as a volunteer because otherwise she would of been unable to be involved in politics. Being a volunteer also gave her the flexibility to help the community. Always with a ❤of giving without expecting to receive anything in return. That was her legacy. She will be dearly missed. Prayers for the family and friends. 🙏

Veronica Morales

September 8, 2019

Juanita Jones
She was like a mother to me.
God really did something special ... when He blessed me with a angel 😇 on earth like you NINA (that called her at my house)
She touched my heart and my life.
With her smile, love,happiness.
She transmitted me peace in hard times.
She was a wonderful lady who I learned a lot from her.
NINA your words and your advice. I will always carry them out.
You filled my life and my whole family.

Keywords I will never forget her.

MIJA: Made me feel good, safe and protected.

MANITA: I feel unique and her best friend.

(When I asked her . How are you?
She says.)
YO ESTOY RETE BIEN: that gives me courage to get beyond where I am.

NINA
I love you !! With all my heart ❤️
You always be in my heart and my thoughts!!

Thank you !!
Jerry Jones for share your mother with me!!
I love you compadre!!


Sylvia Trevino

September 8, 2019

Words aren’t enough to let you know how much you meant to me. You were an angel on earth sent from heaven above. I will never forget everything you’ve done for me I wouldn’t be who i am today if it wasn’t for you. I remember you teaching us English everyday after school, I’m so grateful for you. I’m going to miss you and like I always used to tell you when we spoke on the phone thank you, I love you and you’ll always be in my heart no matter what! Rest in paradise

LILIANA COBOS

September 7, 2019

Mrs. Jones was like a grandmother to me. I will never forget the smile she gave me when I was only 6 yrs old at Crockett Elementary . We are so thankful for what she did for her community and I’m grateful that she was a part of my life. We spent a beautiful journey together from shopping , eating at Papas attending birthday parties but more importantly we were always there for each other . We love you ❤️ Nathan, Yuliana, James and Los Cobitos

Vanessa Segovia

September 7, 2019

While working at Crockett elementary (2014-2016). I had the honor to meet this spunky lady. We would talk in the front, she educated me on her Latina history and the many wonderful things that took place in the community. I loved her style, her grace and can do attitude. May she rest in peace.

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Biography

Juanita Olachia Jones was born on May 16, 1929 in Baytown, TX. She passed away on September 6, 2019 surrounded by people who loved her. Her circle of family and friends stretched wide and spanned generations. Her grandmother, Juliana Garcia Bueno was the first to travel to the United States to seek a better life for her children and future generations. However, the struggle for a better life was faced with adversities including, racism and inequality in her community. Growing up in a primarily Hispanic and Black neighborhood, Mrs. Jones attended segregated public schools. This is where her inspiration for equality and social justice developed. She began her civil rights activism with LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, when she was just a teenager to fight for equality in her community’s school system. Although she never became involved directly with politics, she garnered support from legendary state representative Mickey Leland and worked with representative, Sheila Jackson Lee to continue her initiative for equality in education.

Mrs. Jones served her community since she established her voice and she continued to fight for equality and positive change. Mrs. Jones was a community leader and acted as the spokesperson for Crockett Elementary in First Ward, Houston. In 1981, Crockett Elementary was in need of major renovations and with the help of Mickey Leland, Mrs. Jones succeeded in getting sufficient funding for the reconstruction of the school. She continued to work at Crockett Elementary until 1994, when she retired as a full-time employee from the school. Though she was retired, she remained very active in her community and continued to advocate for equal rights and education for all marginalized citizens. Education was one of her passions since she began fighting for her own right to attend equal schools. She believed all children can learn, all children must learn, and that all children will learn. She volunteered her time at Crockett Elementary and remained in constant contact with HISD voicing her concerns for “her children.” In addition, Mrs. Jones continuously worked with the city council to raise awareness of improvements needed in Houston’s First Ward. Her most recent victory came in the form of an expansion to Crockett Elementary. As the First Ward community continues to grow and thrive, she realized the school needed additional renovations to accommodate the influx of student enrollment. After many parent meetings, meeting with the school board, and talking directly to the superintendent, Mrs. Jones garnered enough support to expand the school. As of May 2011, Crockett Elementary expanded to include several music rooms, additional Pre-K and Kindergarten rooms, and a brand new state-of-the-art library.

Knowing the importance of having a voice in society, especially through the right to vote, Mrs. Jones helped hundreds of immigrant families gain their citizenship for this very important reason. She continued to fight to admit underrepresented peoples, such as minorities, into the school system and assisted families in the community by acting as their translator. She was also active at St. Joseph's Church and set up food distribution for low-income families through the church. She was known for her cooking as well, one of Mrs. Jones other passions was to cook and share her delicious food with everyone. She made sure everyone ate and was very prideful about providing nourishment for her family and neighbors.

Her 90 years living in the surrounding Houston area were spent through her hard work and dedication to her community and family. Though small in stature, she had an enormous heart full of compassion. She left a positive imprint on her family and community for many generations to come. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her loving husband Andrew C. Jones and Son James Ronald Jones. She is survived by son Jerry A. Jones, wife Cynthia F. Jones, daughter Selvia Lewis, grandchildren: Sara J. Davison, husband Jeremy Davison, Andrew R. Jones, Aaron Funderburke, wife Ashley Funderburke, daughter-in-law Christina Jones, great-grandchildren Juliana Rose Davison, and Jason Aaron Funderburke.

Mrs. Jones has touched thousands of people’s lives. Her strength, courage, and generosity brought her to succeed as a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, mentor, and true humanitarian.