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Theresa Anne Jones Vann, RN, MSN 1928-2012

SPRINGFIELD - Theresa Anne Jones Vann, died peacefully on the 11th floor of St. John's Hospital, where she worked and taught for so many years, on Monday, June 25, 2012 surrounded by her family and former students.

Born in Springfield on Oct. 26, 1928, to loving parents Leslie Thomas (L.T.) Jones and Mary Agnes (Waters) Jones, Theresa attended Blessed Sacrament grade school, graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1946, and from St. John's School of Nursing (now College of Nursing) in 1949. She married William Morgan Vann, Jr. in Springfield at Blessed Sacrament Church on April 15, 1950.

Theresa loved her profession and touched many lives of new mothers, associates, and the students she treasured during her vocation at St. John's Hospital as a nurse on Maternity from 1949-1967 and College of Nursing from 1967 until 2002, where she retired as Assistant Professor in Parent Child Nursing. After her retirement, Theresa continued to volunteer at Saints as a Samaritan and on the Alumni committees. She earned her BSN from Sangamon State University (now UIS) in 1978, and went on to obtain a Masters of Education from SIUC in 1986 and a Master of Nursing from SIUE in 1990. She maintained life-long friendships with hundreds of friends and loved planning all her various school reunions. No one loved to talk and visit more than Theresa; she spent her life building relationships, laughing and loving.

St. John's Alumni Association honored her with the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, and she was celebrated all year at the College with numerous events for her years as a role model, beloved instructor, and mentor.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, her brother James in 1916, her sister, Sr. Margaret Sienna Jones, OP (Mary Margy) in 1988, many close cousins and a host of friends. She is survived by her husband Bill, and by her children, Bishop Kevin Vann of Ft. Worth, TX; Dennis (wife Claudia) of St. Paul, MN; Les (wife Shannon) of Cincinnati, OH; Gerry (partner David Pearson), of Boston; Mary Therese (M.T.) of Springfield; and Dave of San Francisco, and by her four grandchildren, Kyle, John (wife Dawn), Barrett, and William. She is lovingly remembered by many cousins, nieces, nephews, former students, and close friends.

Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1725 S. Walnut St., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m.

Concelebrated Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 29, 2012 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann JCD, DD, principal celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to honor Theresa's legacy may be made to: Theresa Vann Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Friends of St. John's Hospital, 800 E. Carpenter St., Springfield, IL 62769.

The family of Theresa Anne Jones Vann is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.

Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.



Published in The State Journal-Register from June 27 to June 28, 2012
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