Jeanne Jones, 87, spent her first Christmas in heaven on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018.
Jeanne was born on May 24, 1931, in Keswick, Iowa, to Wallace and Roine (Ridenour) Kinzler. The oldest of three children, her brothers, Myron and Ron (Phyllis) Kinzler, still reside in the Millersburg, Iowa, area.
Jeanne was known for her ease in frequent conversation with friends and even total strangers. Throughout her life, she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant, nurturing love and faith. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her incessant smile and humor, never will be forgotten.
After graduating from Williamsburg High School, Jeanne worked as a secretary at the Deere & Co. in Waterloo, Iowa. She married the love of her life, Leighton Jones, whom she met through functions at the Pilot Grove and Ohio Methodist churches. They were married on June 4, 1950, at the Ohio Methodist Church in Ladora, Iowa. Leighton and Jeanne founded and operated Jones Fertilizer (now J&S Farm Supply), a business serving the agricultural community. They faithfully attended Faith Baptist Church in Iowa City.
Possessing a true servant's heart, Jeanne was devoted to her family and friends through prayer and so many acts of kindness. With the loss of their son, Norman, Leighton and Jeanne resolved to trust God and dedicate their lives to honor and serve Him. Jeanne worked alongside Leighton in the business and in nurturing their children at home, church, school and through 4-H and FFA. For many years, she faithfully delivered "Meals on Wheels." She served as Sunday school teacher and actively supported East Iowa Bible Camp in Deep River, Iowa. Her home always was open for Bible studies, visiting evangelists and missionaries, and stranded travelers from the interstate. Everyone would leave the Jones home with full hearts and well-fed. She was a woman of strong faith and love for her Savior.
"Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you." I Samuel 12:24
Jeanne is survived by Bob (Sue) Jones of Williamsburg, (Bonnie) Jones of Greeley Colo., Carol (Steven) Celarier of Cedar Rapids and Tim (Kathy) Jones of Williamsburg; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Myron Kinzler and Ron (Phyllis) Kinzler, both of Millersburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leighton John Jones; sons. Norman Lee Jones and James Allen Jones; and granddaughter, Danielle Jeanne Celarier.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Harvest Baptist Church in Williamsburg. Visitation will be at the church on Friday, Jan. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Williamsburg. A memorial fund has been established from Continental Baptist Ministries-Church Planting Missionaries.
Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg is handling the arrangements. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.