Frances Elizabeth (Boone) Jones joined her husband in Heaven on February 20, 2014 following a period of extended illness. The culmination of her life on this earth will be a loss felt by the many who loved her for her friendliness, kindness, positive attitude, wise counsel, and generosity of spirit.
Fran was born in Fayette, Mississippi on July 15, 1926, the daughter of Helen Elizabeth (McCardle) Boone and Chevis Raymond Boone. She was born into a loving family and a blessed life that she shared with four siblings whom she adored, admired, and respected both as a child and as an adult. Chevis Raymond Boone, Jr.; Wilfred Harryman Boone; Kathryn Leila Boone Munger; and Charles William Boone, all of whom predeceased her, were her companions, friends, guides, and confidantes. Her love for her parents and siblings was boundless.
Fran married James Harrison Jones, the love of her life, in Los Angeles California on September 23, 1948 on The Bride and Groom radio show. They shared 32 years together, raising three children, until his untimely death on February 16, 1981.
Fran lived in Fayette, Mississippi until her family moved to Vicksburg. She graduated from Carr Central High School and later enrolled as a business major at Mississippi State University, an institution that played a large role throughout her life. While at Mississippi State, Fran was involved in a host of campus activities. She was a cheerleader, a class favorite, a member of the Colonel's Club, the Dance Committee, the staff of The Maroon and White, the YMCA Cabinet, the Sophomore Y Council, and the YM-YW Council. Fran served as the Administration Editor of The Reveille and the Society Editor of The Reflector. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, serving as secretary, and honored by the organization as one of the Ten Outstanding Zeta Tau Alphas in the United States. Fran was listed in Who's Who at State having been voted the Friendliest Girl on the Campus. She was voted Class Favorite each year that she attended State.
Fran was a passionate and lifelong fan of all things Mississippi State. She greatly enjoyed attending any type of athletic event and was willing to travel to see the 'Dawgs' in competition. From regularly scheduled games to bowl games to the Final Four and the College World Series, Fran was there to support her team and continue the role that she began in college as a Mississippi State cheerleader. Her dedication to her alma mater was recognized when she was chosen as the 1987 Alumnus of the Year by the Central Mississippi alumni chapter. In 1990, Fran received the Distinguished Service Award from Mississippi State, a national service award recognizing her for her support and commitment to the university and its mission of educational excellence.
During her lifetime, Fran held several jobs that allowed her to use her business knowledge. While raising her family, Fran began working at Jackson Academy as a teaching assistant. She supported teachers, the academic growth of students, and also taught the Bible.
Fran was an avid bridge player and loved the camaraderie the game provided. She participated in many bridge clubs and groups throughout her lifetime. Fran loved the challenges of a difficult game well played and greatly enjoyed sharing her knowledge of it as a bridge teacher. The game of bridge afforded Fran the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and forge lasting and meaningful relationships that she deeply valued.
Fran was a charming and gracious woman who loved people and had a God-given personality that allowed her to connect with people of all races, creeds, and socio-economic levels. She was a great role model and leaves behind a plethora of cherished memories for her children and grandchildren. Some of those memories surround her love for the Lord and the value that she placed on stories from the Bible. She loved sharing the Word with her children and grandchildren and could bring the stories of the Old and New Testaments to life - not only because of her love for Jesus Christ, but due to her talent for public speaking and story telling.
Fran is survived by her daughter, Sandra Kathryn Jones Kaster and her husband, William, of Mount Vision, New York; her son, James Harrison Jones, Jr. and his wife, Nancie, of Madison; and her son, David William Jones and his wife, Penny, of Ridgeland. In addition to her children, Fran is survived by her grandchildren and great grandson, Matthew Boone Jones of Ridgeland; Christopher James Kaster, his wife, Sarah, and their son, Sean William Kaster of Manitou Springs, Colorado; Allison Elizabeth Kaster and her fiancée, Silas Carey, of New York, New York; James Harrison "Trip" Jones III and his fiancée, Sara Walters, of Madison; Lauren Lorraine Sinclair and her husband, Dr. David Sinclair, of Ocean Springs. Fran is also survived by her sister-in-law, Stella Lucas Boone, wife of her brother Charles; her niece and "second daughter," Linda Boone Armbruster and her husband, Ken, of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada as well as the many nieces and nephews and their spouses whom she loved and dearly appreciated.
Fran was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a great role model whose love for each of us never waivered. The world was a better place with her in it, and she will be deeply missed.
Friends are invited to greet the family from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21 at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home located on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland.
A funeral service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, preceded by a visitation at 9:00 a.m. at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home with Pastor John Ward officiating.
Burial will take place at 3:00 p.m. at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Fran's memory may be made to Grace Bible Church, Mississippi State University, Ridgeland Hospice Ministries, Smile Train, or to the
The family would like to thank those who cared for Fran during this time of illness. The love, compassion, and dedication extended to her will always be remembered and deeply appreciated.
Those who wish to share condolences or a special memory may do so online at www.wrightferguson.com.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Feb. 21, 2014