Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Helen Elizabeth Jones, 100 years old, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri, after a short illness.

Helen was born Nov. 3, 1911, in Washburn, the daughter of Walter and Clara (Davis) Jones.

She attended Washburn School and graduated in 1929. She graduated from Daughon's Business College and attended Drury College both in Springfield. She was a licensed practical nurse and a registered laboratory technician. She worked at the Stella Hospital for seven years and at the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Clinic in Springfield for 15 years before working for the American Red Cross until she retired.

Helen played basketball in high school and continued her love of the sport as an avid fan of the Missouri State University Lady Bears. She was in her season-ticket seat at every game. She also enjoyed gardening, quilting and baking. She especially enjoyed traveling, having visited 50 countries and all but one of the American states.

Her beloved cousins, Laverne Stockton, of Marshfield, and Naomi Carter (Davis), of Hartville, their immediate and extended families, all have special memories of the many years of holidays and reunions in which Helen was always included. We shall miss her quick wit and warm smile. We shall also miss her great love of life, generous heart and wonderful sense of humor. She loved reminiscing about her early life in Washburn and would joyfully giggle about those fun times as she shared stories with her family.

She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Walton and Eugene Jones.

She is survived by her niece, Linda Jones Kleiboeker (Larry) of Kansas City, cousins, Laverne Stockton, of Marshfield, Mo., Willodeane DeFriese (Stockton), of Whittier, Calif., and Naomi Carter (Davis) of Hartville, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to sign the online guestbook at CraftonCantrellFuneralHome.com.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora, Mo.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross.