Agnes A. Jones (1915 - 2013)

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Agnes A. Jones

Agnes A. Jones, 97, of Stevens Point died April 29, 2013.

Agnes was born in Withee, WI, the oldest child of the late Sam and Katherine (Jacobsen) Andersen. She grew up on a small family farm in Owen where she attended elementary school and graduated from high school.

Following graduation, Agnes worked in Milwaukee doing house work to earn money for college. With family financial help, she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1934 as a Physical Education major. Agnes later changed her major to Home Economics Education.

Agnes earned her way through college by working full time while attending school. She worked as a waitress, assisted in the Physical Education office, and helped in the Agricultural Library. Agnes completed her BS degree in Home Economics and Education in 1937. She subsequently earned her MS degree in Home Economics and PhD in Education-Teacher Education and Supervision.

Early in her career, Agnes taught high school Home Economics in Mauston, WI. She then spent 12 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a librarian, teacher, and supervisor of student teachers. She transferred to the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point in 1956 as a professor. Agnes became head of the Home Economics Department. She was later promoted to head of the School of Home Economics and Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies. She was named Professor Emerita in 1981.

Agnes served on the Wisconsin Home Economics Association throughout her career. She was named an Outstanding Educator of America in 1972. She served as Vice-President and President of the Association of Wisconsin Home Economics Teacher Educators, and was also a member of the executive board of the National Council of Administrators of Home Economics.

She married James Jones in 1943. The couple divorced in 1956. James died in 1978.

Agnes retired in 1996 after serving 25 years as head of Home Economics, 15 years in Advising and Placement, and a total of 59 years in Education.

Survivors include her son, James (Katie Lawler) Jones, of Twain Harte, CA; nephews, Jim Andersen (Julie) of Avery, WI; Bob Andersen (Claudia) of Madison, WI; and Gary Andersen (Lori) of Oregon, WI.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Einer; sister, Helga; uncle, Jens; and aunt, Mary.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 21, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stevens Point, WI. Interment will take place in Nazareth Lutheran Cemetery in Withee, WI.

All of life is a journey… Agnes was dedicated to her students and the Department of Home Economics and helped many people throughout her extensive career.

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Published in Stevens Point Journal from May 3 to May 8, 2013
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