Mary E. Jones____________________________
Mary E. Jones, age 94, of Quinn, S.D., died Sunday morning May 5, 2013, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
The world lost a treasure May 5, 2013, when Mary Jones left us. Mary filled her 94 years with a zest for life few can match.
As a young child, Mary’s natural love of life and those around her delighted her parents and two older siblings. Being a number of years younger than her brother and sister she was the apple of everybody’s eye.
During her elementary and high school years Mary’s ability to develop and cement friendships budded and blossomed. Throughout her life, she seemed to be a friend magnet. One young man, Doug Jones, was lucky enough to attract her. They were married October 31, 1946 and Mary brought the same enthusiasm for life and love of people into her new home. An afternoon in her home, one meal at the Jones table, and you were forever one of the family. Life was never dull when Mary was around, affectionately referred to as a “Forever Party Girl.”
Throughout it all, Mary was involved in her children’s classrooms and activities--Scouts and Jobs Daughters. Each child had an elaborate birthday party every year – even with two of them falling within a week of Christmas! Wife, mother, employee, and she still had time for bridge, majong, oil painting, crafts, and crocheting her famous dishcloths.
Mary loved to travel. In her later years she was able to visit children and grandchildren in Colorado, Idaho, Texas, North and South Dakota. When Mary was 80, she fulfilled a life-time dream with the help of two of her daughters – three days in Vegas!! Mary never stopped a minute and wore out both her daughters. Besides her family and friends, Mary had great love for her dogs, Shadow, Chevas, and Tena – and football. She could out pick most of the experts on any given Sunday (to the great chagrin of her sons-in-law). Her greatest football love though was the Broncos. One of the highlights of her life was when she got to attend a Bronco’s game at Mile High Stadium.
Another well-earned pet name, “Energizer Bunny,” demonstrated itself in both Mary’s personal and professional life. While raising four children, Mary worked in many different professions from telephone operator in Winner, hosting greeting card parties in her home, secretarial work, Avon district leadership positions, motel owner in Custer and Wall, and finally as a hostess at the Cactus Café in Wall. Her fondest quote was, “I started getting old when I quit working.” (at the age of 85).
At Mary’s request cremation has taken place.
A celebration of life open house was held Saturday, May 11, at the Quinn Community Center in Quinn.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.