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Helen Ruth (Jacobs) Jones, 92, of Short Gap, went to her true home in heaven on April 17, 2017. She passed peacefully at Dawnview Center in Fort Ashby.
Helen was born in Cumberland to the late Irvin Russell and Lucy (Dove) Jacobs. She grew up during the Great Depression, during which, she must have learned the value of family and friends over material things. She married the love of her life, the late Jack Emerson Jones in September of 1943. When Jack went off to war, she worked at the Celanese Plant. After World War II, for many, many years, she worked raising her four children and taking care of Jack. Later in life, she worked as a day care provider and then as a home care provider. She also did a lot of volunteer work at Booth Towers in Cumberland. She was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church for many years. Later, she attended Cornerstone Ministries and Mount Zion.
Helen loved taking care of people. Her greatest joy was her family and friends. She delighted in cooking delicious, homemade concoctions, spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and, most importantly, serving God through example. Hobbies included reading, gardening, picnicking, camping (many years ago), traveling to visit family, collecting just about anything from chairs to blankets to glassware, etc. (probably from growing up during the Depression), shopping at Walmart, and feeding people and cats (even though she didn't really like them (the cats) not the people.
Besides her husband and parents, Helen was proceeded in death by an infant daughter, her sisters, Geraldine Virginia Corrigan and Mary Catherine Miller; and her brothers, Irvin Russell Jacobs Jr. and Robert Wesley Jacobs. She was also proceeded in death by a great-grandson, Jacob Matthew Nelson.
Surviving are two sons, Jack E. Jones Jr. and wife, Corinne, of Virginia and Stephen B. Jones and wife, Judith, of Alabama; and two daughters, Kathy K. Jones of Maryland and Leslie A. Ritchie and husband, Jake, of West Virginia. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Amy Clemons, Butch Saul, Matt Jones, Katy Disher, Brein Nelson, Tim Emmart, Jon Ritchie, and step-granddaughters, Eden Ritchie and Brittnee Henry; and 17 great-grandchildren, Ely, Kendall, and Catherine Clemons, Hannah, Mallory, and Nathan Jones, Jack and Sam Disher, Aubrey Webber, Alex Nelson, Weston and Liam Emmart, Chloe, Claire, and Sam Westfall, and Sullivan and Emerson Henry.
Helen was a giving person until the end. She donated her body to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University. As she liked to put it, she's going to med school!
A celebration of Helen's life will be held at Brookedale Farm in Fort Ashby, on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at noon. Refreshments will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Frankfort High School Science Department.
Published on April 22, 2017
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