KILLBUCK -- Helen L. Jones passed away peacefully at her home on a sunny, springlike morning Feb. 21, 2017.
She was born June 1, 1925, in Mechanic Township, Holmes County to the late William and Grace Maxwell Patterson. She always was proud to be a member of the Maxwell and Patterson families, two of the oldest and most well known in Holmes County. Mom grew up during the Great Depression on the family farm, now the site of Black Diamond golf course. She loved helping her dad with the farm work.
Helen attended Grey Ridge country school up the hill from the farm and graduated in 1943 from Millersburg High School. On her first job off the farm, she worked for the Goodyear Company in Millersburg, making airplane parts for the war effort. Mom was a "Rosie the Riveter" and a part of the "Greatest Generation."
Right after the war, while visiting her brother at an army base in Virginia, she met her late husband, Rancel. Helen married Rancel M. Jones of Fannin County, Ga., on Oct. 6, 1945. Rancel died May 17, 1994.
The marriage produced seven children, Carolyn L. Baker (Jerry) of Killbuck, Leonard R. Jones (Marsha) of Millersburg, Patricia A. Chapman, who lived with mom and cared for her, Charles Edward Jones who died July 12, 1956, at the age of 5 (Chucky's death left a huge hole in our family, and in Mom's heart, which has at last been mended.), Dorothy L. Mathie (Curt) of Glenmont, William H. Jones (Vicki) of Lake Buckhorn and Randall L. Jones (Darla) of Millersburg. There are 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Helen also had many nieces and nephews who called her mom and grandma.
Mom was a dedicated and hard worker and had gotten us through so many tough times. She had been employed by the Rice-Chadwick Co. in Killbuck for 31 years, taking a much deserved retirement in 1987. She volunteered several years at Pomerene Hospital, winning the hearts of many patients and workers.
Throughout her long life Mom lost many friends and relatives. She was the youngest and last member of her immediate family to pass. Besides the previously mentioned, those preceding her in death were brothers, Glen, Howard, Warren, Judson and Lee; sisters, Edith Markley, Irene Markley and Florence Baker; and a son-in-law, Barry Chapman.
Mom loved many of the simple things in life. She loved to drive, ever since her days on the farm in an old Model A, and deeply missed not being able to. She loved walks with the grandkids out to the nearby Holmes County Trail, since well before it was paved, then in wheelchair rides with her daughter when it was. She loved getting together with schoolmates and former co-workers to talk old times. But most of all, she loved family -- the one she grew up in and the one she created. She loved to surround herself with her children and grandchildren at family gatherings, holidays, birthdays and sometimes just cookouts and wiener roasts. She was there for many games, parades, recitals, and even motorcycle races.
Mom was a simple country woman, but a magnificent lady. She didn't acquire the material riches in life, but was our treasure. When God made her he stopped, for he had created perfection.
"So anyway "
The family wishes to thank the staff of Pomerene Hospital during her last visit. A special thanks to the nurses and aides of LifeCare Hospice for their help in getting her to her final destination. To all the friends, neighbors, extended family, and Larry Lamp from Mom's church, Locust Grove Church of Christ, for prayers, support and many visits. A very special thanks to Pat for her many years of dedicated care for Mom, to Carolyn and Dorothy for the time they were there for Mom, to Darla for talks and compassion, and to Marsha for her care and advice.
As Mom wished, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. A graveside service for the family was planned and her burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Holmes County Home or to LifeCare Hospice. Those wishing to share a memory or make online condolences may do so by visiting www.alexanderfhinc.com.