Frances Lela Short Jones passed away to be with the lord on Friday, September 29, 2017. She peacefully slipped from this world surrounded by her family at her home in Tonkawa. She was 89 years old.
She was born in Guthrie on October 29, 1927 to Farris Glen Short and Bessie Lela Pruett Short. Francis married the love of her life, Merle E, "Gene" Jones on December 2, 1944 in Ponca City. The couple made their home here in Ponca.
Together they raised a large happy family. Francis worked as a custodian at the City Police Department. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Police Auxiliary. Frances enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren, playing bingo, dancing, cooking, as well as sitting on the front porch watching people.
She is survived by three daughters, Darlene (Larry) Young of Marland, Dorene Baker of Tonkawa, Doretta (Gary) Simmons of Ponca City; three sons, Rocky (Debbie) Jones, Fayetteville, AR, Stony (Linda) Jones of Ponca, and Dusty (Marian) Jones of Tonkawa; 21 grandchildren; 10 step grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Darla Gillespie, four brothers, one sister, and four grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at the Assembly of God Church in Ponca located at 2313 E Prospect on Wednesday 10/4/2017at 2p.m. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Mrs. Jones will be in state at Grace Memorial Chapel from 8a.m. to 8pm on Monday and Tuesday and from 8 am to noon on Wednesday. Family will be present at the viewing to receive guests from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Tom Howard will officiate. Pallbearers will include Travis Young, Jesse Baker, Ronald Jones, Rocky Jones, Jr., Matt Jones, Robert Jones, Mike Wilcher, Sam Simmons, and Dustin Jones. Honorary pallbearers include Tanner Young, Teonna Wardlow, Richard Wilcher, Tesa Wardlow, and Tina Welch. Frances was loved deeply and will be missed forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Grace Memorial Chapel in her name..
Condolences may be written at www.gracememorialchapel.net
Though we are unable to be there in person to comfort you today, our hearts are with you all. Aunt Francie was one beautiful lady whose love for her family is so great , you can't put it into words. Lean on that love as you move forward. Our deepest sympathy and all our love.
Carrie Jones CarterWaukomis, OK
Francie was a fine lady and always had a quick remark to bring a smile to your face. She was a good mother-in-law to my daughter, Linda!
Shirley WeedBella Vista, AR
Stoney and Linda, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom, she sounds like she was an awesome lady. It is hard to loose our mom's but I am sure you have many precious memories, to fall back on.
Love you guys!!
LaNell and family!!
LaNell ReedPonca City, OK
I knew Francis many years ago, when I was in and out of her house as a teenager. She was a great lady.
Love and prayers to the family.
JudyArkansas City, KS
JudyArkansas City, KS
My deepest sympathies to the Jones family. May God hold you in His hands during this difficult time. Frances is with our Lord now, watching over the family she loved.
Carolyn StowersDawsonville, GA