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Jannik Frotté Jones


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Jannik Frotté Jones Obituary
Hendersonville, NC-- Jannik Frotté Jones died on May 2 in her home in Hendersonville in the company of her daughter and son, Ray Cooper, and four dogs, who all kept watch by her bed in her final days. Born in Paris, France in 1926, she came to the U.S. as a teenager, having previously sought refuge from Nazi Germany in Normandy and then Cannes. Jannik's peers at her new school in Long Island soon chose her to be class president and also designated her as the senior "most likely to succeed."
Succeed, she did.
Jannik married Howard Daniel Jones, who joined the Foreign Service soon after their wedding. A committed diplomat's wife, Jannik organized events for visiting and local dignitaries, planned fundraisers for charitable organizations, particularly orphanages, and raised three children on four different continents. As she taught them to feel at home in the world, she also earned a teacher's certificate from the University of Mexico, and continued on to direct the newly-founded Pershing Hall School of Paris, which she and her lifelong friend Monique Bourret Porter built from the ground up. Pershing Hall is now called the International School of Paris, and continues to thrive over five decades later with students from sixty-six countries.
When Jannik and her husband retired to Hendersonville, she taught as a substitute in area schools and also ran a local chapter of the Pony Club, an international organization designed to teach youth how to properly care for horses. She soon founded, with her close friend Lottie Marsh, Heritage Hall International School, where she taught and mentored countless numbers of young people from the ages of four to eighteen. Up until her eighties, she directed a school, ran an after-school program and a summer camp, took children on various trips both in the U.S. and abroad, all this while remaining a devoted mother and grandmother.
After being diagnosed with dementia, Jannik accompanied her daughter to Converse College, and continued to help in the classroom, mentoring and coaching students of French and Italian. She also studied Arabic, traveled the world, fulfilling her dream of seeing the pyramids at Giza and the library of Alexandria, and spent time with her family.
Jannik was preceded in death by six months by her daughter Carolyn Frances Butler. She is survived and sorely missed by her son, Claude Jones, her daughter, Cathy Jones, her grandchildren, Patrick Butler Marksberry, Kelsey Saloka, Jesse Jones, Nick Ellis, Samantha Portuondo Sekellick, Gianfranco Portuondo, and by her great grand-daughter Kennedy Carolyn Saloka.
Her memorial will be held at the chapel at Kanuga Conference Center on July 28 at 1:30. A reception at her home on Blackjack Road, near the Conference Center, will follow.
Instead of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Heritage Hall International School, 1787 Dana Road, Hendersonville, N.C. 28792.
Published in The Times-News from July 13 to July 14, 2018
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