Lorna Jones

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Lorna Lettie Buckingham Jones Lorna Lettie Buckingham Jones, 89, of Columbia passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at her home in Columbia. Interment was at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. A celebration of her life will be held at a date to be announced. Lorna was born to William Richard and Nancy Emma Horner Buckingham on Oct. 23, 1924, on a farm near Blanchardville, Wis. Although raised there through the Great Depression, she always had fond memories of that farm and believed her life to have been enriched by her experiences there. An exceptional student, Lorna graduated from Blanchardville High School as salutatorian of the Class of 1942. Upon graduation, she received a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin in Madison. However, she chose to attend Madison Business College instead. She was hired as a secretary in the University of Wisconsin Extension Division, where she worked until she married Capt. Paul Jones in 1950. After Paul completed his officer's training in the U.S. Air Force, the couple was stationed in Texas, Alabama and at Williams Air Force Base near Phoenix, Ariz., where both of their children, William and Pamela, were born. In 1955, Paul was reassigned to Foulain and, later, Chaumont, France. More than a year later, the family was again reassigned to Hahn, Germany. By 1958, they were stationed back in the states at Forbes Air Force Base near Topeka, Kan. Their lives were shattered April 29, 1960, when Capt. Jones' bomber crashed near Topeka during poor weather while coming in for a landing. All on board were killed. Hoping to give her children a sense of security, Lorna chose to remain in Topeka, where she was a homemaker, Cub Scout den mother, Campfire Girl leader and room mother for her children in grade school. She was also a volunteer at Countryside Methodist Church. Always a firm believer in education, Lorna, in her 50s, enrolled at Washburn University in Topeka, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1978 with a double major in English and sociology. She became a docent and volunteer at Mulvane Art Gallery at Washburn. From 1988 to 1994, she worked as an administrative assistant at Columbian Securities in Topeka. In 2001, Lorna moved to Columbia to be closer to her daughter. Lorna was an avid reader, an extraordinary gardener and a true humanitarian. She rescued countless animals throughout her life and was generous to a fault in donating to charities. She was a talented writer, particularly of poetry, much of which has been published. Not only was she a person of great warmth and humor, she was also a caring, giving, loving person who will be greatly missed by her family, friends and pets. Lorna is survived by her two children, William Paul Jones (Maria Staaf Jones) of Kirkland, Wash., and Pamela Lynne Jones of Columbia; two sisters; her beloved grandson, Oliver William Staaf Jones; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to Columbia Second Chance, P.O. Box 10186, Columbia, Mo., 65202, or Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65202. Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com. Lorna Lettie Buckingham Jones

Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Feb. 5, 2014
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