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Mary Elaine Jones

July 12, 1946February 18, 2021
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Mary Elaine Jones, 74, of Keithville, Louisiana, passed away in her home on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Elaine, as she was known by her family and friends, was a kind and sweet person. She was born in Orange, Texas on July 12, 1946 to Morris and Emma (Vercher) Thomassee. She grew up in Natchitoches, Louisiana where she graduated from Natchitoches High School in 1964. It was in her hometown that she met the love of her life, Jimmy, and eventually settled in the small town of Keithville. The two were married in 1972 and would have celebrated their 50th anniversary next year. She worked alongside her husband at Western Electric, but eventually switched paths into childcare where she worked at Calvary Baptist Daycare. Her dream was to one day be a mother of her own, and she did. She spent the majority of her later life as a stay-at-home mom, and eventually was called back to childcare. She loved kids, and she loved taking care of people.

Elaine also had a love of gardening and animals, specifically cats. She enjoyed traveling and was lucky enough to see nearly everything from Key West to Mount Saint Helen. She was an avid garage saler and loved a good find. Crafts and treasured mementos were the way to her heart. Elaine also had a love of good southern food; crawfish, crab and Lasyone meat pies were among her favorites. While she may have had a timid disposition at times, she was funny and witty. She always encouraged people to be their best selves and to love fully.

She is survived by her husband, James Elmer Jones; one child, J.D. Stevens-Jones and partner, Evan of Shreveport; brother, Leonard Thomassee and wife, Debbie of Provencal, LA; niece, Tammie Walker, of Natchitoches, LA, and her children, Courtney, Hannah, and Whitt; nephew, Jimmy Howell, Jr. of Gautier, Mississippi, and his son, Brandon; great niece, Amber Calvert, of Natchitoches; and a number of great great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by both parents; sister, Ruby McCoy; and niece, Toni Lewis, all of Natchitoches.

Elaine will be laid to rest on Friday, February 26 at Centuries Memorial in Shreveport. Visitation is from 9 am-10 am with a graveside service following.

The family requests that anyone in attendance please wear a mask and to safely social distance while gathered.

  • FAMILY

  • James Elmer Jones, Husband
  • J.D. Stevens-Jones and partner, Evan, Son
  • Leonard Thomassee and wife, Debbie of Provencal, LA, Brother
  • Jimmy Howell, Jr. of Gautier, Mississippi, and his son, Brandon, Nephew
  • Tammie Walker, of Natchitoches, LA,, Niece
  • Amber Calvert, of Natchitoches, Great Niece
  • She is preceded in death by both parents; sister, Ruby McCoy; and niece, Toni Lewis, all of Natchitoches.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, February 26, 2021

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JD Stevens-Jones

March 2, 2021

Something you might not know about my mother:

She walked away from the church we attended because of their views on LGBTQ people. She told me this in the last few years of her life and while she wasn’t always the strongest person, she remained steadfast in her love for me. She left because of me.

JD Stevens-Jones

March 2, 2021

I wrote this for mom. It was inspired by a poem I wrote in the fifth grade. It was suppose to be included in the funeral program, but unfortunately it was left off. So I’m sharing it here:

I Love You

Your face has smiled a thousand smiles,
And today I smile for you.
The sun bounces on my cheek.
I am reminded.
Butterflies dance to the music of creek beds,
Starry nights,
Dirt roads and forget-me-nots.
Vines wrap around my heart and hold me,
Just like you did.
You stand in the doorway and beckon me home.
I felt so lost for so long,
But you always brought me home.
I flip pages in a book I can’t seem to read,
yet you guide me through the story.
A whisper in the air.
A falling leaf on a mid-winter’s eve.
I day dream of shopping trips and sandy beaches,
And we dance.
“‘The time has come,’ the walrus said,
To talk of many things.’”
Voicemails fill my phone and echo into the eve,
“I love you.”
Sweet and tender, always and forever.
I am reminded in every breath,
And your love will always fill my home.
You were more than a mom,
You were my friend.
“Gone, but not forgotten.”
Not really.
Not ever.
You are not gone.
You are everywhere.
You are me.

-JD Stevens-Jones, 2021

Cat Jones

February 26, 2021

She was such a sweet lady. I always looked forward to talking with her on our visits to see them. She was so cute when she would get tickled about something. She was just fun to be with! She loved her cow collection and always showed me anything she had added to it. When I came into the family she always made me feel loved and accepted. I feel blessed to have known her. I will miss you Aunt Elaine.❤️

susan huffman

February 26, 2021

When I was 9 years old Elaine gave me a pajama pillow to put my pjs in when I went to a slumber party or overnight trip. I still have that pillow and hold it dear to my heart. I give a pillow back in memory of her! Happy Days in Heaven Elaine!

Patty Frederick

February 26, 2021

I enjoyed spending time with Elaine and Jim. We would always go somewhere when I visited whether it be to a casino, out to eat or shopping. I loved looking for clothes small enough to fit Elaine and pushing her to try them on and seeing how cute she looked. I will miss her quiet presence and our conversations. Elaine may be gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. With caring thoughts and love.

JD Stevens-Jones

February 25, 2021

Mom loved wearing overalls. 💖 She a

JD Stevens-Jones

February 25, 2021

Mom, me, and Ninny at White Sands in New Mexico.

JD Stevens-Jones

February 25, 2021

From my wedding. Having her there was all I needed. She loved Evan and the love we have. She always asked about them in every phone call. She held our dog, Princess, during the ceremony. Such a magical day.

JD Stevens-Jones

February 25, 2021

Always on the phone!

JD Stevens-Jones

February 25, 2021

This photo was taken in 2015 during the Highland Mardi Gras Parade. It was outside my vintage shop and we had such a blast. Perfect spot on the route! Mom was super excited because she loved the Highland Parade more than the others. She loved catching throws and laughing at everyone having so much fun.

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