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Marilyn Ruth Mitchell Jones


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Marilyn Ruth Mitchell Jones

Louisville - was born in Louisville, KY, On October 5, 1930, and died on Saturday, November 24, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul William and Naomi (Worden) Mitchell, of Louisville, KY, and her daughter Sally Jones. She is survived by four children, Ann Laird Jones (Mike Caulfield), Douglas Todd Jones and his partner Elizabeth Klein, Carolyn Mitchell Jones Judy (Dudley) and William Laird Jones (Beth); as well as eight beloved grandchildren, Sarah ("Sally") Jordan Caulfield of Louisville, Douglas Laird Caulfield of Bowling Green, OH, Emma Electra Jones of New York, NY, Evan Walter Jones of Los Angeles, CA, Alice Mitchell Judy and William Mitchell Judy of Louisville, Naomi Redmond Jones and Lena Redmond Jones of San Diego, CA.

Marilyn was an amazing mother, grandmother and gifted artist, filling the days with creative ideas and games and art projects. Her granddaughter said, "She was the very best part of us all." She loved to travel, visiting nearly 50 countries, including Vietnam and China where she taught on behalf of the Crane House for Asian Understanding. She loved her front-row view of the Louisville Orchestra, and made sure all her children played instruments and loved music. She was an avid reader, especially mysteries. She had a special relationship with all animals. We are glad she and her dogs Iris and Jane are finally able to go on long walks again. She loved time at the beach, but even more her time in Montreat, NC, which she considered a "spiritual home," loving the mountains, the wildflowers, very dear friends, and wonderful time with family. She had an eye for people and a heart for serving others. She loved to paint watercolors. She especially understood and loved clay, teaching pottery until age 86. These words about pots and potters catch her spirit: "Touch them, hold them, pick them up…feel the curve of earth and sky, kitchen warm or springtime shy a pot is mood of many hues but most of all a pot is to use." (Cynthia Bringle)

She graduated from Atherton (Girls) High School, Wittenburg University (B.F.A.) and University of Louisville (M.A.T.). After raising her family, she worked as a Peace Corps Remedial Reading Teacher in Jamaica for 3 years in her 60's, as an Adult Reading Teacher at the Du Valle Learning Center in JCPS, and as a reading teacher and volunteer coordinator at Kamerer Middle School. She was the Adult Craft Coordinator and organizer of the summer pottery/craft program for 15 years at Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC, where she started the Sally Jones Pottery, a place where many lives are touched deeply. She was Montreat's sole Potter Emerita.

Marilyn's life was guided by her deep and abiding faith. A lifelong Presbyterian and ruling elder in the PCUSA, Marilyn was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church. She taught Sunday school, started women's circles, developed potteries in churches, and created arts ministries. She was very active in creating liturgical art and banners for worship in Montreat and local churches. She spent hours serving others. She worked closely with refugee families, especially her friends from Sudan.

All who met her loved her, and were drawn to her keen mind and ever-present sense of humor, intact even in the final moments of her life. We are deeply grateful to our Treyton Oak Towers family, especially her friends, and those very skilled and dedicated nurses and staff who loved and cared for her on the second floor.

During the last few months we often ended the day (after a few hands of rummy, which she always won) singing a song she taught us many years ago: "Sunday school is over, and we are going home. Goodbye! Goodbye! Be always kind and true," as we waved goodnight. For the final time, goodbye, goodbye…you are Home.

A Celebration of Life honoring Marilyn Jones will be held on Saturday, December 1, at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Presbyterian Church, 1011 Cherokee Rd, followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) in Louisville, or the Sally Jones Pottery in Montreat, NC.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Nov. 27, 2018
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