A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stevens Point. Interment will take place in Nazareth Lutheran Cemetery in Withee.
There will be no visitation.
Boston Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at bostonfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Jones was born Dec. 23, 1915, in Withee, the oldest child of the late Sam and Katherine (Jacobsen) Andersen. She grew up on a small family farm in Owen where she attended elementary school and graduated from high school.
Following graduation, she worked in Milwaukee doing house work to earn money for college. With family financial help, she enrolled at UW-Madison in 1934 as a physical education major. She later changed her major to home economics education.
She earned her way through college by working full time while attending school. She worked as a waitress, assisted in the physical education office and helped in the agricultural library. She completed a bachelor’s degree in home economics and education in 1937. She subsequently earned a master’s degree in home economics and doctorate in education-teacher education and supervision.
Early in her career, she taught high school home economics in Mauston. She then spent 12 years at UW-Madison as a librarian, teacher and supervisor of student teachers. She transferred to UWSP in 1956 as a professor. She became head of the Home Economics Department. She was later promoted to head of the School of Home Economics and associate dean of the College of Professional Studies.
She was named professor emeritus in 1981.
Mrs. Jones served on the Wisconsin Home Economics Association throughout her career. She was named an Outstanding Educator of America in 1972. She served as vice president and president of the Association of Wisconsin Home Economics Teacher Educators, and was also a member of the executive board of the National Council of Administrators of Home Economics.
She was married to James Jones in 1943. The couple divorced in 1956. He died in 1978.
She retired in 1996 after serving 25 years as head of home economics, 15 years in advising and placement, and a total of 59 years in education.
Survivors include one son, James (Katie Lawler), Twain Harte, Calif.; and three nephews, Jim (Julie) Andersen, Amery, Bob (Claudia) Andersen, Madison, and Gary (Lori) Andersen, Oregon.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Einer; one sister, Helga; one uncle, Jens; and one aunt, Mary.