Willa B. Jones

02/06/1919 - 03/09/2015 Obituary
JONES, Willa B. 96. Died in Reno, Nevada, March 9, 2015. Born Willa Daphne Baer on February 6, 1919, in Ness City, Kansas. Reared in Ransom, Kansas, as the adoptive daughter of Daisy and William Baer. An alumna of Redlands University, Class of 1939. Married Charles W. Jones the same year. The marriage ended in divorce in 1976.
She is survived by her son, Stephen C. (Peggy) Jones, and two daughters, Karen D. Gilliland and Jacqueline W. Jones (Dennis Rooney); grandchildren Robin Wight (William), David Gilliland (Chris) and Scott Gilliland; seven great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Christine Duncan, and her five siblings, Lois, Milton, Marjorie, Dorothy and Betty.
Before settling in Reno, she was a longtime resident of Bakersfield, where she taught piano and was active in many organizations, including a choral group, Mothersingers, and the American Association of University Women. She was a lifelong concertgoer and bridge player.
A private memorial service in lieu of a funeral will be held in Reno.


Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 11, 2015
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