Thelma Virginia Jones, 91, a lifelong Franklin County resident, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

Family will meet with friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at the mortuary. Inurnment Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona. The family suggests memorial contributions to Prairie Paws Animal Shelter or Franklin County Cancer Foundation c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Thelma’s Tribute Wall at

Thelma Virginia Jones lived a long full life, she was just a month shy of her 92nd birthday. She was born preterm in the family home on Feb. 22, 1927, to Frank and Gladis (Caple) Anderson. She had one older brother, Willard Anderson, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her only son, Kelly Jones and wife, Lucia; along with two granddaughters, Kendra Sparks and husband, Sam; and Kari Garon and husband, Tom. She is also survived by four great grandchildren, Alyssa Sparks, Kelly Ray Sparks, Samantha Sparks and Jacob Garon.

Thelma lived most of her life in the rural communities of Franklin County. She graduated from Ottawa High School, then became a seamstress at the local sewing factory Mode-O-Day.

She married H. Arlon Jones Nov. 27, 1944. He preceded her in death in 1990.

She also worked at the Sunflower Ammunition Plant in De Soto for a time early in her marriage. She then became a full-time part of the dairy farm. She moved from the farm in 1991 a year after her husband passed. She was an avid painter and a bright cheerful sole as well as being known for being a bit of a spitfire at times.