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Margaret "Peggy" Louella Williams Jones, 86, of Athens, Georgia, died June 3, 2012. She was born September 1, 1925 in Milford, Delaware to Earl and Edna Williams.
Receiving her nursing degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1946, Peggy met her husband, Lewis Jones, in the hospital cafeteria. Story has it that Dr. Jones purposefully let a soda slide off his tray onto Peggy in order to meet this cutie. Peggy and Lewis married in 1947 and began their life together with Dr. Jones in residency at Jefferson Hospital. After graduation, Dr. Jones was commissioned as a naval officer. They lived in many cities throughout his military service in the Navy, Army Air Corps, and the Air Force and also throughout his career with the Veterans Administration. After moving 17 times in 17 years, they finally settled in Atlanta in 1964, where Dr. Jones was Chief of Staff at the Atlanta Veterans Hospital. Dr. Jones died in 1986, and a few years later Peggy moved from Atlanta to Athens to be closer to family.
Displaying a sense of humor that brought out everyone's best side and best material too, Peggy loved being in a crowd when jokes were flying. She was strong and dependable and always proud of receiving an award for never missing a day of school from the first grade through high school graduation. She was also loving, compassionate, and caring. Never demanding, Peggy was always gracious and thankful.
Mom is survived by her sons, Lewis Edward "Ted" Jones Jr. and Vance Kemp Jones and his wife Laurie.
Gammy is also survived by two grandchildren, Ted's daughter Yvonne Gibney and Kemp and Laurie's son Lewis Kemp Jones, and great grandchildren Colin and Julia Gibney. Since their marriage in 1999, she was proud to be Gammy to Dr. Eric Gibney, Yvonne's husband.
Family includes Billy and Mary Ann Beard and children, "Little" Billy Beard and wife Mindy, Mark Beard and Tom Greeley; Jay and the late Virginia McKie and children, Ann Stuart Kling and husband Bill and their children Jay and Shelby, Betsy King and husband Ray and their children Annie and Kelly, Jane McKie and her children Ben and Jennifer; the Zebulon Jones Jr. and Hazel(deceased) and children Zebulon Jones III and Wayne Jones; the Earl Williams Jr. and Virdia (deceased), and children Bonnie and her children Cyndy, Jay, and Marc, the Sharon Lane(deceased) and her son Jeff, and Chuck Williams and wife Donna and their daughter Stephanie and her husband Capt. Seth Talbott(USAF). Peggy had a special bond with her in-laws, Dr. Zebulon Vance Jones and especially with Edith Achilles Jones (Grandmother Jones).
The extended family proudly claims Tidewater and the Eastern Shore as home. The Outer Banks of North Carolina, from Nags Head to Ocracoke, at a time when the ponies still ran free and wild, provided the family the perfect vacations and lasting memories of crab feasts, fireworks, body surfing, sand dunes, undertows, and mosquitoes. The Outer Banks was one of Peggy's favorite places.
The family gives a loving thank you to Helen Jackson of Athens, a dear friend who provided Mom with exceptional care, for which we will forever be grateful.
The family thanks Compassionate Care Hospice for all they have done.
Mom will join her loving husband, Gen. Lewis E. Jones, MD in their final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery later this summer.
Anyone wishing to remember Peggy is encouraged to give to a
or a family or other group that needs support. Or simply, with her in mind, visit or contact someone you need to, but have not yet taken the time to do so.
A celebration of Peggy's life will be held Sunday, June 24, 2012 at the residence of Kemp Jones from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Bridges Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on June 10, 2012
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