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Janet Jones(1948 - 2013)

Janet Jones of Hutto sailed on the wings of a homesick angel Sunday, June 9, 2013, to be with our Lord and Savior. Memorial service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at First United Methodist Church in Georgetown, the Rev. Ron Bellomy officiating assisted by the Rev. Bill Henderson, district superintendent of Kerrville. Arrangements are being made by Beck Funeral Home in Pflugerville, where their website guest book is available for Janet. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Janet Kimble Jones Scholarship Fund, c/o Hutto, Texas, ISD. Janet was born Oct. 1, 1948, to Sarah Mozelle Grant Kimble and Roy Herbert Kimble Sr. in Fort Worth. She was proud of the lineage of her family to Ulysses S. Grant and to her great-great-grandfather, H.S. Kimble, secretary of the Texas Republic for which Kimble County is named. At an early age Janet received her calling to teach. She held classes in her backyard at age 8 to many willing and unwilling victims. She graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth, received her B.A. from Trinity University, magna cum laude, where she was in later years elected International Alumni president and served as its representative to the Board of Trustees many years. She received her master's from the University of Texas, magna cum laude, and was three hours from completing her Ph.D. there also. She received a Taft Fellowship and studied abroad at the University of London. Her teaching career ended at Hutto High School abruptly March 1, when breast cancer metastasized itself to her brain and other internal organs. She never lost her fight until June 9 when the Great Physician who told her she was fearfully and wonderfully made healed her forever! Her career prior to that time found her as a home bound teacher at the ripe old age of 20 there in Fort Worth, Dunbar High School in Fort Worth, Sheldon ISD curriculum director at Kealing for Austin ISD, Round Rock High School, and finally Hutto High School. She enjoyed her time spent with State Farm Insurance three summers working in fire claims in the teacher intern program. Janet was a magnificent chef, grand champion of the Austin American-Statesman twice, and a finalist twice. She taught the five levels of disciples, worked in various capacities of the Emmaus community and loved her involvement with St. John's United Methodist Church in Georgetown. She was honored twice as Who's Who in America of Notable Women, twice as Notable Texas Women, Teacher of the Year, District Teacher of the Year, Who's Who Among America's Teachers and Notable Republicans with her husband Jeff as a member of the U.S. Senatorial committee by both Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. She, with Jeff, was appointed by Governors White and Richards to boards involving the homeless. Survivors: Her mother; husband of 36 years, Jeff L. Jones; her sister, Dale Kimble Nelson and her husband, Ralph; her brother, Roy, all of Fort Worth; lots of nieces and nephews; and tons of extended family.

Published in Star-Telegram on June 13, 2013
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