A loving wife; devoted mother, inspirational teacher and all around humanitarian all describe Jarutha Jones Marshall. Jarutha was born to the union of Isaiah and Marie Robinson on August 3, 1916 in Mer Rouge, the first born of two children. She received Christ at an early age, was baptized and joined Eudora Baptist Church in Mer Rouge.
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She received an elementary education at Cherry Hill #1 School in Mer Rouge and graduated from Morehouse Parish Training School in Bastrop. After high school, she attended Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute (presently Grambling State University) and received a Professional Certificate. Grambling added a third year to the Educational Department. She returned and earned a Rural Teacher Education Certificate. She returned once a fourth year was added and was awarded a B. A. Degree in Elementary Education. She taught school in Morehouse Parish for 30 years and retired in 1975.
Jarutha married Arthur Jones in December 1941 and to this union five children were born. They moved to Bastrop shortly afterwards, and she joined St. John Missionary Baptist Church. She was active in many areas of the church: Sunday School, Gospel Choir, Vacation Bible School, various committees and served as a Deaconess. Arthur died in February 1974. Jarutha later married John Marshall.
She was active in many social and civic organizations – The National Association of University Women, Zonta Social and Civic Club, and Morehouse Retired Teachers Association.
Jarutha was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur Jones and John Marshall; parents, Isaiah Robinson and Juilus and Mamie Smith; her brother, Earl Robinson, and half-sister, Izola Ridley.
She leaves to cherish her memory five children: Audrey Faye Jones Haydel, Dottie Jones DeJohnette, Arthur Earl Jones (Othie), James Jones (Pauletta) of New Orleans, Alvin L. Jones (Sandra Kay); ten grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, one special niece, Mable Moore, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Jarutha Jones Marshall will be Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1407 W. Madison at 11 a.m., Reverend Steven R. Conley officiating and Tennant Funeral Home in charge.
Tennant Funeral Home
1014 Harrison St
Rayville, LA 71269
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise on July 29, 2015