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Clara Virgia Jones

Clara Virgia Jones died Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012 at St. Luke Living Center at Marion, where she had resided less than a week.

Virgia was born in Dexter in 1910, the daughter of John and Florence Radcliff. She was married to Emory Jones in 1930. To this union were born two children, Gary and Rosalie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Finis, husband, daughter, and one great-grandson, Travis. She is survived by her son Gary of rural Peabody, grandchildren Mike Jones and family of Seneca, Lynn Hughes and family of Carney, Okla, Maleah Wright and family of rural Arkansas City, Christina Hopper and family and Craig Thompson of Florida, as well as by numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A frequent visitor was Alda Jones, a niece from Muskogee, Okla. Virgia was very close to her granddaughter, Maleah, who she practically raised.

Virgia moved to Peabody in 1983, following the death of her husband in 1978 and the death of her daughter in 1982. She briefly lived in the old Peabody Hotel before moving to Indian Guide Terrace where she lived about 30 years. She moved to the former Legacy Park about three years ago, before moving to Marion last week.

She became a member of Peabody Christian Church on Jan. 23, 1994.

Virgia was a homemaker, a farm wife, a grocery store worker, and even spent a brief stint at Beech Aricraft in Wichita.

She enjoyed gardening, especially her roses. She was an avid rug hooker, studying and learning more rug hooking techniques by attending seminars and classes. She taught rug hooking for many years at her apartment at Indian Guide. She left behind countless legacies in the form of hooked rugs, pictures, and Christmas ornaments.

The family had celebrated her 90th birthday with a party at Indian Guide and her 100th birthday at the farm home of her son, Gary. She told her nurse on Saturday, “I will be 102 next month.”

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the Dexter cemetery where Virgia was buried with her husband and daughter.

A memorial has been established with Indian Guide Terrace, 501 N. Vine, Peabody, KS 66866.

Last modified April 12, 2012

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