Ethel Jones

Obituary of Ethel "Dolley" Jones

Ethel Jones Ridgeland Ethel Dolley Jones, 88, of Ridgeland, Mississippi, passed away peacefully surrounded by her daughters at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland on August 2, 2021. Dolley, as she was dearly known to all family and friends, was born in Minnesota, on April 18, 1933, to Fred and Ethel Keniston. Youngest of eight children, Dolley grew up during the Great Depression and the events that surrounded World War II in the small town of Anoka, at the convergence of the Mississippi and Rum rivers and just north of Minneapolis. There, she attended Anoka High School, home of the Tornadoes. After graduating in 1951, Dolley began a career in banking, but she soon travelled to Long Beach, California, to help her sister during a family illness. While caring for her two young nieces, she decided to stay in California and continued working. Dolley enjoyed living near the beach and loved spending time with her friends. Through her close friend Lois, who was dating a sailor, Dolley learned that fine china could be ordered from Japan using the “sailor” connection. Even though she was single, Dolley jumped at the chance and ordered a 12-piece place setting adorned with delicate roses. What she didn’t realize was that one of the sailors that helped unload her china from the dock would become her husband, nor did that handsome sailor know that he would eat from that china for the next several years (only on special occasions, of course). After a six-month courtship, Dolley married Clyde Lavell Jones on October 20, 1956. During their time together, Lavell and Dolley purchased a home in Lakewood, California, and had two daughters, Becky and Lorie. Lavell worked as a draftsman for the aerospace industry and Dolley as a homemaker, but a job change for Lavell moved the family to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1971. Aside from the challenge of learning to spell “Albuquerque”, the family eventually settled into their new location. Dolley decorated their home with southwestern art along with her ever-growing frog collection, and a favorite pastime activity for the couple was square dancing with their friends. Dolley encouraged her girls to join the Girl Scouts and to also join the band, as long as they played an instrument that could be easily transported. Becky was an expert camper and played the flute, and Lorie played the clarinet and always bragged that her scout badges continued up the back of her sash. Naturally, Dolley and Lavell attended every band concert, sans earplugs, and supported all of the scouting functions. Life moved on and both Becky and Lorie moved away, married, and settled in other states. They welcomed a granddaughter, Meredith, in 1993. In 1997, Dolley lost the love of her life to pancreatic cancer. Lavell was only 64. Wanting to be closer to family and her young granddaughter Meredith, Dolley soon moved to Mississippi and enjoyed watching her grow up. Just like she was a supportive mother, she was also a loving and caring grandmother. Every Wednesday, Dolley picked Meredith up from school always with a chilled water bottle and snack ready for her. They would spend the afternoon together watching Jeopardy!, and while Dolley prepared dinner with Meredith perched on the kitchen countertop, she would call out Meredith’s spelling and vocabulary words. Between attending Meredith’s school programs and dance recitals, Dolley attended church at First Baptist Madison and was involved in her ladies’ Sunday school class. Most who knew her, knew she enjoyed working in her yard and baking and had a love for hummingbirds and dogs, especially Yorkshire terriers. Dolley is survived by daughters Becky Plack (David) of Colorado Springs, CO, and Lorie Keeton (Keith) of Madison, granddaughter Meredith White (Justin) of Madison, sisters Mildred Krone and Ruby Holmbo of Minnesota, sister-in-law Judy Blankinship (Bill) of California, several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in passing by two brothers (Kenneth and Warren) and three sisters (Pearl, Margaret, and Mary). The family would like to thank Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland for their care and support during this time.
Friday
6
August

Visitation for Ms. Dolly Jones

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday, August 6, 2021
Natchez Trace Funeral Home
759 Highway 51
Madison, Mississippi, United States
601-898-8565
Friday
6
August

Memorial Service for Ms. Dolly Jones

3:00 pm
Friday, August 6, 2021
Natchez Trace Funeral Home
759 Highway 51
Madison, Mississippi, United States
601-898-8565
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