Dorothy A. Jones
1939 - 2021
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes & Crematory
400 Twyckenham Blvd.
Lafayette, IN
Dorothy A. Jones, 81, West Lafayette, passed away on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at her home.

She was born Dec. 20, 1939, in New York City, N.Y., to the late Martin and Genevieve (Wells) Paul. On Dec. 17, 1966, she married Dr. Duvall A. Jones in Washington, D.C. and he preceded her in death on Oct. 15, 2005.

Dorothy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in zoology. She attended that university on a Ford Foundation Scholarship. She then went on to Case-Western Reserve University with an MA in zoology, and Purdue University with a PhD in biology education. She also received a second BA in music from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer.

Dorothy taught courses in biology and music at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer and worked in the HORIZONS program at the Office of the Dean of Students at Purdue University. She also had a business teaching piano lesson in Rensselaer. Many students have fond memories of the way she instilled the love of music in their lives.

She was a past President of WALLA, the Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association, and also of the Homeowner's association at Green Tree, the community where she lived in West Lafayette for the last 20 years. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, serving on the Vestry and prayer shawl ministry, Niches Land Trust, Sycamore Audubon Society, the Ambassadors, and the Happy Hollow Garden Club.

She had a community garden plot and gardened avidly in both her homes in Rensselaer and West Lafayette. She was previously a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rensselaer, serving as a mission and hunger advocate. She also volunteered with Heifer Project International and the Bombers for Academic Excellence. Dorothy sang with the Saint Joseph College choir as well as with the choirs at both her churches.

Dorothy volunteered in the Lilly Nature Center at the Celery Bog. She was able to impart her vast knowledge of animals and plants with visitors there. With her husband Duvall, she saw many of the birds in North America, and they both worked on compiling the Indiana Breeding Bird Atlas. Duvall never saw a snowy owl though, but Dorothy did. She was involved with the Indiana Academy of Science as well as with PURA, Purdue University Retirees Association, and enjoyed traveling with Elderhostel/Road Scholar along with her sister Harriet, who has a goal of seeing all 50 states. They traveled to many states together. A trip to Yosemite was notable as they got there finally after many years of having the desire to see it-even since childhood.

Surviving are her daughters, Genevieve I. Jones, Lafayette, Nathalie R. Jones, West Lafayette and her sister, Harriet R. Jonquiere, Merrick, N.Y.

Visitation will be from 5 – 8 p.m. ET on Thursday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. Service will be at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 3, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Rev. Bradley Pace officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to: NICHES Land Trust 1782 N 400 E, Lafayette, Ind., 47905 or the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance P.O. Box 32141, New York, N.Y. 10087-2141.

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Dorothy Jones was a valuable member and president of WALLA. I very much enjoyed knowing and sharing conversation and classes with her.
Jo Sullivan
December 1, 2021
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