Mrs. Gussie Jones died of natural causes Sunday, November 17, 2002, at her home in St. Louis, Mo. She was 93 years old. She lived a long, blessed and full life. Mrs. Jones was the mother of the late Gussie Lee Turner, longtime Jonesboro resident.
Mrs. Jones will be remembered at a visitation service on Friday, November 22, 2002, between 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Her Homegoing Celebration (funeral) will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2002 at noon. Both services will take place at Metro Christian Worship Center, 3452 Potomac, St. Louis, Missouri, 63118. A burial service will be held for Gussie Jones at Oaklawn Cemetery, Jonesboro, Arkansas at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 24, 2002. Memorials may be given in the name of Gussie Jones to the American Diabetes Association.
Gussie Mae Lee Griffin (ML as her family called her) was born October 20, 1909 near Dekalb in kemper County, Mississippi. She was the oldest daughter of Cora (Houston) and Luke ?Buck? Griffin. Her parents were farmers and moved from Mississippi to several towns in Arkansas before settling in Earle, Arkansas. Gussie moved to Kennett, Missouri in 1938 and married Robert (Bob) Jones in 1940. Bob and Gussie raised one daughter, Gussie Lee Jones.
Gussie had a long career as a domestic and retired at age 65. She was active in her church and community in Kennett. She loved to cook, and was quite good at it. Another passion was gardening; her entire yard was filled with plants, fruit trees and flowers. She grew most of the vegetables she cooked.
Her husband, Bob Jones, three of her siblings, Roosevelt, Viola and Gertrude, and her daughter, Gussie Lee Turner, preceded Gussine Jones in death.
In 1995, Gussie moved to St. Louis, Missouri to live with her youngest granddaughter, Debbye Turner. She attended Metro Christian Worship Center where her pastors are Raphael and Brenda Green. She was loved and adored by all who met her.
Gussie is survived by her sister, Hattie Mason; her granddaughters, Debbye Turner and Suzette Turner Caldwell; Suzette?s husband, Kirbyjon Caldwell; three great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Professional services have been entrusted to Austin A. Layne Mortuary in St. Louis, Missouri and Langford Funeral Service in Jonesboro, Ark.