Marian Jones, 91

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Marian C. Jones, 91, of Oak Park, died on July 3, 2016 at the Green Fields of Geneva. 

Born in Chicago on Dec. 13, 1924 to Robert and Margaret Nicol, she graduated from Norman Bridge Elementary School, Steinmetz High School, received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and her master's in literature from Illinois State University. 

In 1946 she married the Rev. John N. Jones, a Congregational minister. They moved to downstate Tuscola in 1950 where her husband served as pastor of the 1st Congregational Church of Tuscola. 

While living there, she worked as a legal secretary for Charles Dotson, the district attorney for Douglas County. In 1964, Rev. Jones was called to be pastor of the LaSalle Congregational Church in LaSalle. While living in LaSalle, she taught English at LaSalle-Peru High School from 1965 to 1969. 

In 1969, her husband received a call to be pastor at Gethsemane United Church of Christ in Chicago, and in 1973, Rev. Jones was called to serve as pastor at Jefferson Park Congregational Church also in Chicago. 

During these years, Marian worked for the Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) accounting firm as a paraprofessional tax accountant. She retired from the tax profession in 1999.

She and her husband moved to Oak Park in 1988, and Marian became involved in volunteering at the Hemingway House and the Frank Lloyd Home and Studio. She was also a member of the 1st United Church of Oak Park. 

Marian Jones is survived by her son, Bob (Janet); her grandchildren, Nicole (J.R.) Espino and Emily (Darrin) Schairer, three great-grandchildren; and her many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. John N. Jones; her parents; and her siblings. Services have been held. Interment was at Irving Park Cemetery in Chicago. 

Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, Oak Park, handled arrangements.

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Bonnie Curatolo  

Posted: July 22nd, 2016 11:03 AM

So sorry to hear of her passing. I have such great memories of both her and Jack. I still have the teddy bear (Jack the bear) they gave my son when her was born

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