TONKAWA — Frances Lela Short Jones, passed away to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 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 Oct. 29, 1927, the daughter of Farris Glen Short and Bessie Lela Pruett Short. Frances married the love of her life, Merle E. “Gene” Jones on Dec. 2, 1944. The couple made their home in Ponca City.
Together they raised a large happy family. She worked as a custodian at the City Police Department. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Police Auxiliary. She 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 and Doretta (Gary) Simmons, of Ponca City; three sons, Rocky (Debbie) Jones, of Fayetteville, Ark., Stony (Linda) Jones, of Ponca City and Dusty (Marian) Jones, of Tonkawa; one brother, Ricky Short; 21 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Darla Gillespie, three brothers, one sister and four grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at the Assembly of God Church, 2313 E. Prospect, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery. Tom Howard will officiate. Visitation will be held at Grace Memorial Chapel from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Family will be present to receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday. Casket bearers will include, Travis Young, Jesse Baker, Ronald Jones, Rocky Jones Jr., Matt Jones, Robert Jones, Mike Wilcher, Sam Simmons and Dustin Jones. Honorary casket bearers 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, the family is asking that donations be made in her name to Grace Memorial Chapel.
Condolences may be written at www.gracememorialchapel.net.