Mary Ernestine "Teeny" Kendall Jones
August 17, 1943 - February 18, 2021
Mary Ernestine "Teeny" Kendall Jones. Born August 17th, 1943. Passed February 18th, 2021. Survived by her son Benjamin Jones & wife Chrissy Jones, her daughter Kathryn Strickland & husband Benjamin Strickland, as well as her sister Marcheta "Keeta" Kendall. Her best friend of many years was Clara Ogletree, and she remained congenial with her former spouse, Stanley Jones, the father of Benjamin & Kathryn. An animal family member, the last of many, is Lulu, a Shi-Tzu, also survives her. A Memorial Service will be held at Auburn United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 24th at Noon. Visitation will be held prior from 11:00 - 12:00.
Teeny Jones conquered severe childhood asthma and spent her adult life as a Registered Dietician, first working with the underserved rural poor of central Alabama, later as a well-respected member of the EAMC Nutritional Services staff. She was an open advocate for the dignity and humanity of AIDS patients in a time and place where that was controversial. She was known for her gentleness, her compassion and her integrity. She was a survivor of childhood traumas, and raised her own family in a safe, loving home filled with unconditional love. She shared her love of animals, nature, music and books with her children. She was a good friend, a successful professional, and a great mom. Her light touched thousands in many different ways, and in turn those lights are still touching others, a gentle flame that continues to show this suffering world a path of Love, Kindness, Reason and Empathy.
Her life was shortened by lifelong tobacco addiction, and she passed before her family was ready to say goodbye. She was a fervent, well-nigh fanatic follower of Auburn University Football. The only time her family ever heard her utter curse words was during AU games, at least once every Iron Bowl :) War Eagle, Mom.
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Published by The Opelika-Auburn News on Feb. 21, 2021.