Mary Etta Jones, 97, of Meridian, died Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Mary was born on December 29, 1920, in McCune (Crawford County), Kansas, to Alvie H. and Jennie Finch Lanfear, the third of five children. She spent her early years in Kansas and in 1933 the family moved to Caldwell, Idaho.
She married Joseph Raymond Beck in 1937 and they raised two children, Mary Reine and Joe in Caldwell. She was a Brownie Scout leader for several years. Besides raising her family Mary worked at Glen Evans Fish Fly factory. The family moved to Weiser, Idaho, in 1951. She was an active member of the Sunnyside community involved over a decade in the Ladies Community Club, Sunnyside Grange, and the Sunnyside PTA.
Mary moved to Ontario, Oregon, after her divorce and went to work for Ore-Ida Foods in their Quality Control Department. She married George R. Jones on February 29, 1964, and they spent the rest of their lives together until his passing in 2010. They moved to Milton-Freewater, Oregon, in 1972. Mary worked for the Umapine School in food service until her retirement in 1981. After retirement she was the bookkeeper for George’s Farm Repair and helped her stepson at his restaurant in Milton-Freewater.
Mary moved back to Idaho in 2012 and lived with her sister, Verda. They spent their remaining years together talking about the old days, laughing and reminiscing about their childhood antics, and delighting in each others company. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Copper Springs Senior Living in Meridian for the outstanding, compassionate care they provided.
She loved children and was always pleased to work with the “youngins”, providing child care for working parents and helping out with their grandchildren. Along with her sister, Olive, she spent countless hours researching their family histories and genealogy. Like her mother, Mary wrote poetry and many family members cherish having received her witty verses. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
Mary was baptized in 1944 in the Christian Church in Caldwell. She taught Sunday School and Bible School at the Methodist Church in the early ‘50s.
Mary is survived by her sister, Verda Ames; George’s children Ron and Dianne; grandchildren Dawndra, Scott, Brad, Kammi, Stephanie, Zach and Eli; numerous great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband George; her children Reine and Joe; her parents; her sisters Olive Thomson and Helen Grunke; and her brother Alvie Lanfear.