September 15, 1953 – August 19, 2019
Sandra McDonald Jones peacefully departed this world after a brief battle with cancer on August 19, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Sandy was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, niece, cousin, aunt, jeweler, designer, entrepreneur, flower-lover, and friend to many. She was born on September 15, 1953 in Evanston, Illinois to the late Dr. Gerald Owen McDonald and Mary Mix McDonald. She attended high school at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, IL (’71) and Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Boston (BA ’75). In 1981 she was married to her husband and moved to Atlanta. She was a member of the Atlanta Junior League, Mimosa Garden Club, past president of the Atlanta Hydrangea Society, Ivy Society, and the Piedmont Driving Club.
After moving to Atlanta in 1981, she began working at Charles Willis with her mother-in-law and soon learned how to restring pearls. She later began her own side business Sandy Serendipities, designing her own line of pearl and precious stone jewelry, which soon developed into a wholesale jewelry business, Pearlworks, LLC selling to retail establishments including Charles Willis, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Topaz, Scully and Scully, and other stores in the southeast. In 2015, she opened her own retail boutique jewelry store near Peachtree Battle and two years later moved to Charles Willis as Sandy Jones Jewelry. Sandy loved to travel and was a friend to all she met.
Sandy was predeceased by her mother and father who both died in 2017 and is survived by her loving and devoted husband Willis, her three children Alex J Hayne (Brian), Bryant Jones (Elizabeth), and Elizabeth Ann Jones, her three grandchildren, William, Christopher, and Draper, her brother Gerald O. McDonald Jr., her sister Elizabeth McDonald Wakeman (Steve) and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. A Memorial Mass and service will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on August 23, 2019 at 4:00.p.m. with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Marist High School, Catholic Charities of Atlanta, or the St Vincent DePaul Society at Holy Spirit.
- She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Willis, her three children Alex J Hayne (Brian), Bryant Jones (Elizabeth), and Elizabeth Ann Jones, her three grandchildren, William, Christopher, and Draper, her brother Gerald O. McDonald Jr., her sister Elizabeth McDonald Wakeman (Steve) and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
- Memorial Mass Friday, August 23, 2019
Claudia Fox Burns
December 5, 2019
I just received the BC Magazine, and am so very saddened to learn of Sandy’s passing. I knew Sandy well at Newton College. My father knew her mom from Chicago politics, and when Sandy discovered this, she welcomed me with open arms to Newton College as a Sophomore transfer.
I have such nice memories of her joy, her steady friendship, and certainly her class.
I’m sorry we lost touch, but I want to let you know I’m very sorry for your loss
August 21, 2019
I knew Sandy through the American Ivy Society. I am so sorry for your loss, this was a surprise. We had many enjoyable travels to gardens and shared the love of plants.
Rachel Cobb, Editor the American Ivy Society
August 21, 2019
28 years ago Sandy held my newborn son during a party. She was all decked out and she crossed her legs while sitting on the floor and gestured for my son. Sandy adored babies.
Two years ago I remarked that I liked her purse and several months later she handed me an identical purse. I think it was her Mom’s. I will treasure this purse.
God Bless her soul and my heart is heavy for Willis and her adult children.
August 20, 2019
So sorry to hear about Sandy's passing. It was a complete and sad surprise. She always had a smile on her face and was a joy to talk to. I've known Willis and Bliss since our Christ the King and Marist days. Even though they didn't want much to do with a "kid" two years younger than them at the time, but that's normal for all of us...at least the guys.
My heartfelt condolences to Willis and their wonderful children and grandchildren, and the entire Jones and McDonald families.
Sandy was a "Classy Woman" and will be missed by all. Thoughts and Prayers and she is now at Peace.