Marjorie Virginia Reynolds Jones, 85, passed away Friday, October 4, 2013.
A lifelong resident of Montgomery County, she had lived recently in Raleigh, N.C., and Pleasant Garden, N.C., where she enjoyed the loving care and company of her daughters and their families.
She was born to Walter and Bertha Meachum Reynolds on October 1, 1928, in Richmond County. Growing up with seven siblings during difficult economic times, Marjorie embraced the values of hard work, dedication to family and a no-nonsense approach to the challenges of life. She overcame setbacks with determination, relished moments of joy and provided support and comfort to family and friends in need. Her heart was generous; her spirit indomitable.
She married George Hampton Jones, a proud veteran, in 1946. The couple raised two daughters, Marion “Jeannie” and Becky. She worked in the textile industry for many years and retired from Clayson Knitting Company in 1990. She collected decorative plates during her travels across the U.S. Her collection was a testimony to her zest for life and new experiences. She enjoyed gardening and making beautiful quilts, often using fabric from favorite clothes in the patchwork. The sweet potato pies she baked every Thanksgiving became much-sought-after treats to her grandchildren and great-granddaughters.
In facing the health challenges of later years, Marjorie was the embodiment of the saying that old age isn’t for sissies. Her courage in the face of debilitating illness and her refusal to succumb to self-pity defined her days and provided a lasting legacy to the family and friends who walked that path with her.
Many staff members at Clapps Nursing Center in Pleasant Garden, who cared for her during her last 18 months, doted on her for her humor, spunk and take-charge attitude. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for the loving care these dedicated professionals provided to her.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Bill and Herbert, her husband and her daughter Marion Lewis. She is survived by her daughter Becky Shelton and family, husband Doyle, son David, and son Lyn, wife Lori and daughter Tessa; and by her granddaughters Helen Lewis and Karen Lewis Taylor and family, husband Dave and daughters Keelie and Jenna. She is also survived by five siblings, Eddie Reynolds, Nancy Best, Estelle Perkins, Libby Kelly, and Mae Bowman, their families and a host of cousins.
The family is planning a memorial service at a later date. If you’d like to honor Marjorie’s memory, please consider a gift to the Lupus Foundation (www.lupus.org) or the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).