ASHTABULA — Florence Luewellyn Jones, age 63, of Ashtabula, Ohio, went on to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at her home.
Florence was born June 3, 1950, in Slab Fork, W.Va., to John Henry Reynolds and Nellie Lee (Reynolds) Foster. As a child she moved with her family to Ashtabula, she remained a longtime area resident. A graduate of Ashtabula high School, she and her classmates recently celebrated their forty-fifth class reunion.
Florence was united in marriage to Lester Jones Jr. for forty-two years and together they had one daughter, Darla J. Jones, of Ashtabula.
Florence loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren and was often noted as the matriarch.
Florence worked and retired from the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company/First Energy Corp. with over thirty-five years of dedicated service. She was an advocate for helping others and for over twenty years she was a dedicated worker for the Share Your Christmas Foundation for CEI/First Energy Corp.
In 1996, she received the ABWA (Ashtabula Business Women Association) Anchors Aweigh Charter Chapter Recognition Award for Associate Boss of the Year.
A faithful and active member of Peoples Missionary Baptist Church all of her life, Florence was dedicated to several ministries. Serving on the Trustee Board for twenty-five years; President of the Faithful Ruth Missionary Society for twenty-one years; Sunday Church School Teacher for nineteen years; Sunday Church School Superintendent for three years; and President of the Kitchen Committee for seven years, where she served as a Cook for fifteen years.
Florence was biblically well educated and traveled the United States with the National Baptist Convention, USA Incorporated and the Sunday School Publishing Board December Conferences. With all of her knowledge, she gained her Deans Certification March 2001. She was the Assistant Dean and an Instructor with the United Missionary Baptist State Convention of Ohio for twelve years. In addition, she was an Instructor for the Union Missionary Baptist District Association for over twenty years.
Florence will be remembered for her grace and dignity throughout her journey of life, unconditional love and dedication to her friends and family, her concern for those less fortunate; and her faith and strength in the Lord.
She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Darla J. Jones and Christina McKinnon, both of Ashtabula; one stepson, Lester Ricks of Hayti, Mo.; two goddaughters, Antoinette Ezell and Danielle Crews; four grandsons, Kieran Jones Sr., Joshua Jones, DeShawn Jones and Jujuan McKinnon, all of Ashtabula; two granddaughters, Dymond McKinnon and Lyrik Evell, both of Ashtabula; one great-granddaughter, Kyra Iasia Jones, and one great-grandson, Kieran Isaiah Jones Jr., both of Ashtabula; six sisters, Phyllis Baker, Joette (Harry Sr.) Wells, both of Ashtabula, Diane Reynolds, Wanda Reynolds, Merlene Kay Nolan, all of Dayton and Beverly Powers of Ashtabula; and several uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Jones Jr., who passed away Oct. 19, 2012; her parents; stepfather, William (Billy) Foster; a sister, Connie Bowens; and brother, George B. Reynolds.
Florence’s Home Going Service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21st, at Peoples Missionary Baptist Church, 3837 West Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio. Eulogist, the Rev. Dr. German Womack Jr., pastor, and the Rev. Dr. Calvin McLoyd Jr., President of the United Missionary Baptist State Convention of Ohio, officiating.
A Calling Hour will be observed from 10 a.m. until time of Service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21st, at Peoples Missionary Baptist Church, 3837 West Ave., Ashtabula.
Contributions on behalf of the family may be made to DaVita Dialysis Center, 1614 West 19th St., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula, has charge of arrangements. Obituary and condolences at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com