JONES, Myrna E.
Our sorrow is heaven's joy when Myrna Jones, 94, of Kalamazoo, Michigan died suddenly in a fatal accident on October 7, 2019. She is rejoicing with her Lord and Savior, together with her parents, brothers and sisters, husbands, family and friends.
Myrna was born, April 20, 1925 to William and Mary (Bowman) Rich, sharecroppers, in Winnebago, Nebraska. The youngest daughter of 12 children, she is preceded in death by her 11 siblings. She graduated Salutatorian of her class from a school on a Native American Reservation.
She was married to Lloyd A. Brown (deceased) in 1946 in Sioux City, Iowa. From this marriage they had two daughters. Jeanine (Eugene) Crummel of Scotts and Roxine (Ken (deceased)) Kemp of Mattawan.
In 1963, Myrna was joined in marriage to Billy Waldon (deceased) of Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is survived by his son, Billy T Waldon of Kearney, Nebraska.
In December 1977, Myrna married Harold B Jones (deceased) in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Where they lived and were married until his death in November 2005. Surviving are his children Harold B Jones, Jr., Dalton, Georgia and Debra (Dave (deceased)) Freeland, Visalia, California.
Myrna is also survived by her grandchildren Camille (Tim) Hoekstra Gobles, Lori Remund, Mattawan, Cathy (Rick) Doonan, Kalamazoo, Bradley (Ashley) Kemp, Mattawan, Brett (Marcella Reyes-Gonzales), Mattawan, Paul (Anna) Jones and Ben (Maggie) Jones, all of Burns, TN, Amy (Cedric) Jones, Paris France, Alaina Jones, NYC, NY, John (Tracy) Freeland, Greenfield, IN, and Jennifer (Ross) Eskridge, Visalia, California.
Also surviving are her 19 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Myrna had a very vivacious personality, infectious smile, and was instant friends with everyone she met. Many neighborhood and church children adopted her as their grandma.
She was blessed with many talents. She was a professional seamstress at a number of Kalamazoo clothing stores including Robert Hall and Redwood & Ross and Libins. She also worked at the Shakespeare Company and Kalamazoo Sled Company.
Myrna was a self-taught pianist with a unique style and loved to play and sing in church and at family gatherings. Even at 94, she was very sharp and enjoyed playing a variety of games (especially Aggravation with "Michigan" rules which were her own). She loved reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Myrna was very crafty making blankets, quilts, crocheting and baking. Almost every day included a trip to McDonalds and Sweetwater's.
A service to celebrate Myrna's life will be held at 11:00am Friday, October 11 at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial and Cremation Services, 3926 South 9th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Friends may meet the family from 6:00-8:00pm Thursday evening, October 10 and from 10:00-11:00am Friday at the Westside Chapel. A light reception will follow the service in the Langeland Family Center. Interment will be in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Convoy of Hope or Autism Research at Western Michigan University. To view Myrna's personalized guestbook please visit https://www.langelands.com.
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