Ruth N. Jones of Perry


Ruth N. Jones, 99, of Perry and formerly of Dana, Iowa, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at the Rowley Memorial Masonic Home in Perry.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Perry. Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 11 from 4-8 p.m., with family present from 5-8 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry. Burial will be in the Junction Township Cemetery at Grand Junction.

Memorials will be given to HCI Care Services, First Baptist Church of Perry or Central Missionary Clearing House of Houston, Texas (Joanne’s Spanish Ministry) and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at

Ruth Nellie Jones was born Sept. 24, 1916, at rural St. Charles of Jackson Township in Warren County, Iowa, to James Horace and Gladys Alveda McClure McCrea.

She attended school at St. Marys, Iowa, graduating with the class of 1934. She attended Simpson College at Indianola, where she received a two-year lower elementary degree in 1937.

Her first teaching job was first grade at Elliott, Iowa. She then taught kindergarten and first grade at St. Charles.

On June 12, 1940, she was married to Claude Edgar Jones at the Presbyterian Manse at Indianola.

She returned to teaching in 1959. She finished her teaching career at the following schools: Paton, Dawson, Boxholm and Pilot Mound, retiring in 1981.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Drake University at Des Moines, graduating in 1972.

She was a member of First Baptist Church. She enjoyed travel, crafts, sewing and reading.

She was preceded in death by parents and husband, Claude Edgar Jones.

She is survived by her children, Joanne Jones of Perry, Janet (Larry) Imel of Springdale, Ark., and James (Barbie) Jones of Independence, Mo.; grandchildren, Loretta (Ray) Mansell of Springdale, Ark., Paul (Jessica) Imel of Bentonville, Ark., Sarah Jones of Mena, Ark., Josh Jones of Independence, Mo., Beth Jones of Independence, Mo., Rachel (David) Marshall of Lowell, Ark.; great-grandchildren, Avery and Gavin Mansell, Malcolm Imel, and Alanna and Eian Marshall; and brother, Philip McCrea of St. Charles.


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