Mary Jones, 76, died peacefully at her home surrounded by family on June 25, 2021. Mary, a librarian, touched the lives of many, through sharing her countless gifts and talents. She was an avid reader, seamstress, baker, traveler, crossword enthusiast, trivia fan, and organizer of wonderful shindigs. Her greatest joy came in welcoming guests to her home, on Cayuga Lake, and serving memorable home cooked meals. Mary enjoyed travel, visiting all 50 states, all the Canadian provinces, Mexico, and many Caribbean islands. She loved her family and friends without condition and shared her generous spirit with those in need.
Born on March 20, 1945, Mary was a proud native of Michigan and graduated from North Muskegon High School in 1963. She attended Western Michigan University, graduating in 1967, where she majored in English. She later earned a Master of Library Science, in 1969, as a Lyndon Baines Johnson scholarship fellow. After graduation, she worked in several Michigan public schools before relocating to Lansing, New York. She finished her career as the librarian of Dryden High School. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Community in King Ferry, New York.
Mary was the adored wife of Thomas Jones, who she married on August 17, 1968 at St. Mary’s Church in Muskegon, Michigan, and the loving mother of Matthew (Amy) Jones. She was the proud grandmother of Aiden, Carlin, and Vivian Jones. She is also survived by her siblings, Bill (Donna) Walters, Joan (Clair) St. Clair, Bob (Sandy) Walters, and Debra Walters; brother-in-law John Jones; and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, Fred and Lorene Walters; siblings, Fred Walters, Jr., Ed (Helen) Walters, Russell Walters, Jean (Ed) Schmeltzer, Frank Walters, and Chuck (Leslie) Walters.
Visitation will be at Lansing Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Ithaca, New York. Private interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Clayville, New York.
The family extends sincere appreciation to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Cayuga Medical Center, and Hospicare. A special thanks to home caregivers Julie, Teneisha, Althea, Crystal, and Rosemary for their loving care.
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