Sara Lee Jones

June 26, 1921February 7, 2014
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Sara Lee Slaughter Jones passed away on February 7, 2014 at the age of 92. Sara Lee was born in Miles, Texas on July 26th, 1921 to Calvin and Wilma Slaughter and later moved to San Angelo where she grew up. In high school, she was named “Sweetheart of the Demolays” and was an accomplished tap and ballet dancer. She spent summers as a camp counselor and swimming instructor. In 1941, she graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Physical Education. On October 31st, 1941, Sara married her high school sweetheart, Millard Jones, a flight instructor in the AAF. In 1947-48, they settled in Odessa to build the Cactus Drive-In Theater, the first between El Paso and Abilene. Their adventure would leave a positive impact on the development of this community as they ushered in family entertainment, oven-baked pizza, Easter Sunrise services and Easter egg hunts for the whole city of Odessa. Before his claim to fame, young Roy Orbison worked as the drive-in theater projectionist while pursuing his music career. Sara and Millard Jones were married 10 days shy of 50 years and raised two children, Janet and Hank.

Sara lived life with an abiding faith and was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church. She actively loved her family as a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, affectionately called “Gran Gran,” great grandmother and mother–in-law. She made everyday events seem like special occasions and nothing was better than sharing life with her loved ones. Sara lived an active life and enjoyed golfing, gardening, (especially roses), playing bridge, painting, square-dancing, and was an excellent cook! Her home-made pimento cheese, fried chicken, biscuits and rolls and chocolate pie were favorite requests. Last but not least, Sara was a good neighbor always lending a hand and volunteering for Meals on Wheels until she was 86 years old. The saying, “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee!” was true for Sara Lee Jones! Her quick wit, spunky spirit, kind heart, and fun-loving ways made her a joy and a blessing to everyone she knew.

Sara is dearly loved and cherished by her family who have all been richly blessed by her love. She is survived by the following; two children Janet (Jones) Oden and husband Tal of Oklahoma City, OK, and Hank Jones and wife Daniece of Odessa, TX; four grandchildren Ryan Owen and wife Emilee, Austin Owen, Ryan Oden and wife Marlena, and Andrew Oden; one great-grandson Ethan Owen; five great grandchildren by marriage Lucas and Leigha Hagen, Tayly and Cru Hagen, and Ansley Mosher. Sara was preceded by the death of her husband, Millard Jones, and her parents Wilma and Calvin Slaughter.

The family will receive friends for viewing at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Home from 6 pm to 8pm on Monday, February 10, 2014. A Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm in San Angelo, Texas. A Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10 am with Pastor Terry Tamplen officiating.

The family is deeply grateful for the loving care of our Mom by Olivia Hernandez and the thoughtful care of Interim Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Odessa, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences and memories can be sent to Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.


  • Visitation Monday, February 10, 2014
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Linda Simpson-Jones

February 26, 2014

Dear Hank and Janet,
I loved your mother dearly. She was a mother to me and I am blessed to know her. I will always treasure our

David and Nancy Pinson

February 13, 2014

Hank and Janet
Our heartfelt condolences for the loss of Sara. Hank, we spent many times laughing about how our sweet mothers never actually met each other but felt like kindred spirits because of the hours they spent on the phones during our college years wondering if either knew where we were and what we might be up to. Sara will always have a warm place in my heart. Nancy and I send our love and best wishes to you and Daniece and to Janet and her family.

Austin Owen

February 13, 2014

My sweet Gran, how I will miss the days catching you up on my journeys and hearing you delight in my travels. You always encouraged me to chase my dreams and were right there with your famous fried chicken and a hot apple pie when I couldn't seem to land on my feet. I'll always remember those hot summer Texas days chasing horny toads and sledding the sand dunes. You made the ordinary seem magical. And I will always cherish the way you loved and in turn have taught me to love others. Your light and spirit live eternally.

Teresa Dulaney

February 12, 2014

Janet, Hank and are in my thoughts and prayers. Sara was a wonderful lady. I worked with her at Bank of the West. I admired her so much. I could see the love she had for her two children and her grandsons. She was one of kind and I was blessed to have her as a friend at a young age. She was a sweetheart!

Glen & Pat Larum

February 11, 2014

Hank - You and your family are in our prayers. We have wonderful memories of your Mom. Pat & Glen Larum

Cathy O'Connor

February 11, 2014

Sweet Sara,, You left a mark on me in more ways than you may have known. Your love and devotion for your beautiful caring Janet and devoted Hank encourages me to strengthen and nurture the bond with my adult was always your number one! Your very special relationship with your dear Charlotte, gives fancy to stories yet to be written with my dear Janet. You embraced my young ones with your warmth and infectiously fun light! Your spunky,independent spirit is the way I want to live...with zest and grit. It is a great comfort to know you are now among the Saints with your beloved Millard lighting the stars and buttoning up the night.

Shona Willis

February 11, 2014

What an incredible life to celebrate. I see so many shared features and expressions in your family's sweet faces. Ms. Jones' legacy of joy and determination is reflected in each photograph. Though I didn't know her, I feel that I know her heart through the dearest qualities of her precious daughter. May your hearts be comforted by your many fond memories.

Donna/Larry Miles

February 11, 2014

Janet, Tal, and Family,

Larry and I want you to know we are sad to learn of your mother's death. I was blessed to have met your dear mother on several occasions. She was an incredible lady who lived with quiet and gentle resolve.

It is our prayer that peace and comfort will come as you begin living in your treasured memories of her beautiful spirit.

You are held in His hand today and every day.


Donna and Larry

February 10, 2014 are in my thoughts and prayers.
The Very Rev. Justin Lindstrom

Tim & Susan Oden

February 10, 2014

Janet and Tal — We're thinking of you and Hank today as you lay to eternal rest your dear mother is Sara. We especially want to thank you for the photo gallery! It's such a special delight to see Sara at each stage and role of her life as the same sweet, loving, lively lady we knew, who felt like family from the moment we met her. We wish we could there in this sad time but want you to know how grateful we are for Sara's life, because we see so much of her in you.