Phyllis Jones

Memorial service to celebrate the life of Phyllis M. Jones, 89, Lawrence, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 17, 2009 at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.  She donated her body to the KU Medical Center, Department of Anatomy.  She died November 20, 2009, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.

She was born July 18, 1920, in Williamsburg, KS the daughter of Charles W. and Flossie (Greeve) Grigsby.

Mrs. Jones graduated from Richmond High School in 1938 and from Emporia State Teachers College in 1942 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a major in violin.  She taught vocal and instrumental music in high schools in Eskridge and Osage City, KS.  For four years Mrs. Jones was the office manager of the KU World War II Memorial Association that constructed the KU carillon and campanile.  She played violin in the KU orchestra for five years.  She sang in the choir and was soprano soloist at First United Methodist Church for thirty years. 

Mrs. Jones was a member of Sigma Alpha lota, professional music fraternity for 69 years.  She was also a member of the Lawrence Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha lota, associate member of the KU Alumni Association, and past president of the Lawrence Chapter of American Association of University Women.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 62 years.  She was a member of Round Table Study Club, and a past member of Lawrence Music Club.  Mrs. Jones wrote poetry and received many awards for her poetry.  She conducted writing classes for the University of Kansas Retirees Club and Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. She enjoyed reading, playing the piano and nature.

She married L. Martin Jones on December 28, 1945, in Osage City, KS.  He survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Kevin L. Jones and wife, Linda K., Kansas City, MO; twin granddaughters, Kyra and Isla; a niece, nephews and several cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Good Samaritan Fund of Lawrence Presbyterian Manor or charity of donor’s choice and sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary 120 W. 13th St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

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