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SARA JONES

July 26, 1921 - February 7, 2014 ODESSA, TX Sara Lee Slaughter Jones passed away on February 7, 2014, at the age of 92. Sara Lee was born in Miles, Texas, on July 26, 1921, to Calvin and Wilma Slaughter and later moved to San Angelo, Texas, where she grew up. In high school, she was named "Sweetheart of the Demolays" and was an accomplished tap and ballet dancer. She spent summers as a camp counselor and swimming instructor. In 1941, she graduated from Baylor University with a degree in physical education. On October 31, 1941, Sara married her high school sweetheart, Millard Jones, a flight instructor in the AAF. In 1947-48, they settled in Odessa, Texas, to build the Cactus Drive-In Theater, the first between El Paso and Abilene. Their adventure would leave a positive impact on the development of this community as they ushered in family entertainment, oven-baked pizza, Easter Sunrise services and Easter egg hunts for the whole city of Odessa. Before his claim to fame, young Roy Orbison worked as the drive-in theater projectionist while pursuing his music career. Sara and Millard Jones were married 10 days shy of 50 years and raised two children, Janet and Hank. Sara lived life with an abiding faith and was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church. She actively loved her family as a devoted daughter; wife; mother; grandmother, affectionately called "Gran Gran;" great-grandmother and mother-in-law. She made everyday events seem like special occasions, and nothing was better than sharing life with her loved ones. Sara lived an active life and enjoyed golfing, gardening (especially roses), playing bridge, painting, square dancing, and was an excellent cook! Her homemade pimento cheese, fried chicken, biscuits and rolls and chocolate pie were favorite requests. Last but not least, Sara was a good neighbor, always lending a hand and volunteering for Meals on Wheels until she was 86 years old. The saying, "Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee!" was true for Sara Lee Jones! Her quick wit, spunky spirit, kind heart, and fun-loving ways made her a joy and a blessing to everyone she knew. Sara is dearly loved and cherished by her family, who have all been richly blessed by her love. She is survived by the following: two children: Janet (Jones) Oden and husband Tal, of Oklahoma City, OK; and Hank Jones and wife Daniece, of Odessa, TX; four grandchildren, Ryan Owen and wife Emilee, Austin Owen, Ryan Oden and wife Marlena, and Andrew Oden; one great-grandson, Ethan Owen; five great-grandchildren by marriage, Lucas and Leigha Hagen, Tayly and Cru Hagen, and Ansley Mosher. Sara was preceded by the death of her husband, Millard Jones; and her parents, Wilma and Calvin Slaughter. The family will receive friends for viewing at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Home, Odessa, Texas, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014. A Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 1:30 pm in San Angelo, Texas. A Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church, Odessa, Texas, Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Terry Tamplen officiating. The family is deeply grateful for the loving care of our Mom by Olivia Hernandez and the thoughtful care of Interim Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Odessa or the . Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors. Online condolences and memories may be sent to www.frankwwilson.com

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Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors
4635 Oakwood Drive Odessa, TX 79761
(432) 368-7191

Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 9, 2014
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