Annabel Shannon Jones passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009. She was born May 29, 1915, in Kansas City, Mo., to Harry and Iola (Bostwick) Shannon. She lived 75 years there before moving herself to Bozeman in 1990. She received her education at St. Teresa Academy, graduating in 1932.
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She worked for the Kansas City Terminal Railway until her marriage to Harold E Jones, a supermarket owner, on Feb. 7, 1946. He passed away in 1969.
After her marriage, she was treasurer of the Linden Investment Company of which her husband was president. She was a charter member of St. Charles Church in Kansas City and a member of both Holy Rosary and Resurrection Parish in Bozeman.
In Kansas City, she was a Red Cross volunteer at Children's Mercy Hospital for 31 years and chairperson of the St. Charles Blood Bank for 17 years. She was a member of the Catholic Womans Club, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Notre Dame Auxiliary, Ladies of Charity, Perpetual Member of the Honorary Directors of Rockhurst College, Perpetual Member of St. Pius X High School Board of Directors, one of the founders and a perpetual member of the Associate Board of Directors at St. Pius X, and a member of the President's Scholarship Club of Avila College.
In 1965, she was awarded the "Pro Deo et Juventate" (for God and youth), the highest award of the diocese for work with young people, by Bishop Helmsing of the Kansas City Diocese. In 1976, she received a commendation from President Gerald Ford for "exceptional service to others in the finest American tradition." In 1972, she received the Guiseppe Sarto Award, given annually to an outstanding member of the St. Pius X community.
In 1986, St. Pius again honored her for "many years of loyal and dedicated service" and in 1989, established the Annabel Jones Scholarship Fund in her honor. The Kansas City Chamber of Commerce gave her the Excellence in Education Award in 1987, given to volunteers for education. She was a tireless worker for many years, especially for Catholic education.
She was active in Bozeman; belonging to the Foresters, Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Red Cross, RSVP, Mad-Gals, and was a volunteer at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Her interests included her family and many friends, church work, volunteer service of many types and community work in Bozeman.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Richard Shannon of Kansas City, and great-grandson, Avery Lair of Bozeman.
She is survived by her daughter, Barb (Ron) Williams and a grandson, Scott Planalp of Bozeman; granddaughter, Christine (Randy Warner) of Golden, Colo.; grandson, Kevin (Ashley) Planalp of Portland, Ore.; great-grandchildren, Piper Planalp, Jonathan and very soon to be born, Anabelle Ruth Warner.
Burial will take place in Kansas City, with memorial services there and in Bozeman at a later date when her entire family can be present.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Annabel Jones Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Pius X High School, 1500 N.E. 42nd Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64116; to Children's Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64108; or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 6, 2009