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February 2, 1919 - November 8, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Mary Alice Jones was born in Verden, Oklahoma, on February 2, 1919, to Edward Ayers and Mary Olivia Maupin. She was the youngest of five children. Mary Alice grew up in Stratford, Oklahoma. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ. When she was five years old, her mother would help her cross a busy highway and watch her walk up the hill to the First Methodist Church, where she gave her life to Jesus. She grew up during the depression, and she and her "gang" of friends would spend their time together at each other's homes or maybe taking pictures of each other if someone had a few cents for film. Mary Alice loved school, so when she graduated from Stratford High School, she went to college first at OCU, then transferred to East Central, where she got her degree. She had a lifetime teaching certificate to teach Home Economics and Elementary Education. It was at East Central that she met and later married, Delbert L. Jones. They married on September 16, 1942. They honeymooned at Niagara Falls, Carlsbad Caverns, Grand Canyon and on to Delbert's apartment in Burbank, California, where his draft notice was waiting for him. Delbert was drafted into the Army Air Corps at age 30. Mary Alice joined him in Norfolk, Virginia, and Lincoln, Nebraska, until he was discharged. They moved back to Stratford after WWII and began their family. Two children were born, Linda Karen on February 3, 1947, and Stanley Wayne on November 25, 1949. The family moved to Moore, Oklahoma, in January 1954 and quickly joined the First Methodist Church, where their lives revolved around church activities and church friends. Mary Alice joined a Canasta Club, Eastern Star, DAR and Delta Kappa Gamma. She received her Master's in Guidance and Counseling in 1970 from Central State University. Mary Alice taught 25 years, including Central Elementary, Northmoor, and Houchin in Moore, and ended her career at John Glenn Elementary in Western Heights. Mary Alice and Delbert had always loved camping, and so after retirement, they joined the Chigger Diggers, Good Sam Club, and the Air Stream Clubs, with whom they traveled and camped. Mary Alice was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Clyde and Roy Maupin; and two sisters, Susan Eads, and Virginia Cowan. She is survived by her children, Linda Karen (Mike) Hudnall, and Stanley Wayne (Karen Brown); daughter-in-law, Deborah Gwen Jones; five grandchildren, Matthew Aaron (Jessica) Jones, Adam Micah Jones, Matthew Arthur (Christy) Tyson, Olivia Lea Tyson, Thornton Truss (Blair) Tyson; and three precious great-grandchildren, Elle Marie Tyson, Brooks Tobin Tyson and Adeline Sue Jones. Mary Alice was so very proud that all five grandchildren graduated from college. She was loved by so many family members, friends, colleagues, and students, but Delbert is the one who had her on a pedestal. She was his "Darling" and his "Girl." Heartfelt thanks go to the loving care she received at Legends at Rivendell Assisted Living, Dr. Zeiler and Dr. Tyndall at Baptist Hospital and the loving care she received at Hospice Quality Care in Del City. Visitation will be 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, November 15 and 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, November 16, with family to receive friends 5-7 p.m. on Friday. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, November 17 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Moore. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 201 W Main St, Moore, OK 73160.

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 11, 2012
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