Marianne Christine Jones

MECOSTA — Marianne Christine Jones, 74, passed away at her home on School Section Lake on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

Our inspirational mother, grandmother and great-grandmother led a spectacular life that began on Feb. 17, 1941, in Greenville, Ohio. The daughter of Marvin and Dorothy Jones, she soon moved to Evart with her sisters Bobbi Nigro, of Gloversville, N.Y., and Becky Komminsk of Lima, Ohio. It was here that she learned the positive attitudes and values of growing up in a small town. She became an amazing seamstress and bowler and learned to appreciate what you have, not what you don’t have.

At Evart High School, she met Jack Jones (deceased) who she later married and raised four boys, Jack Jones, of Paris, Kevin Jones, of Troy, Tony Jones, of Rockford, and Tim Jones, of Heber City, Utah. In addition to her sons, she is survived by nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Marianne did not sit still through life and continuously sought out new challenges and adventures. She taught at Big Rapids High School, until retiring in 1993. Throughout her life and after her retirement, she surprised us all by becoming a line dancing instructor, a dream interpreter, a spiritual adventurer and a world traveler. She lived for her annual ‘Grandma Camp’ at the lake, any time with her family, weekly euchre at the Senior Center, or a nightly round of Words with Friends.

Before an accident six years ago that left her paralyzed, she once again surprised us all by announcing she was going to walk from Mecosta to Greenville, Ohio, a journey of over 300 miles to raise money for the Mecosta County Senior Center and the Hospice of Darke County, Ohio. Of course, she completed the journey and taught us all another lesson in life about dedication and giving. After her accident, she continued to think of others more than herself by spending time at the Mecosta County Commission on Aging and Senior Center playing euchre and volunteering as the Grand Marshal at the Walk for Warmth. Her courage, drive and perseverance through this challenging time of her life should be an inspiration for all.

A celebration of Marianne’s life will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the Falcon Head Golf Club, 13120 Northland Drive in Big Rapids. A buffet dinner will be served at  5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to be made to the Mecosta County Commission on Aging and Senior Center.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Mohnke Funeral Home of Big Rapids. Share a memory or express condolences at mohnkefuneralhome.com.