Memorial services for Susan K. Jones, 62, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 pm Saturday, Jan, 18, 2014, at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Matt Sturtevant officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
Susan died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at her home, following a prolonged and courageous battle with breast cancer. Throughout her life, Susan maintained her warm spirit of nurturing help for all, recognizing personal needs and finding helpful solutions. Susan was known to many through her work as an English teacher and tutor, and she touched many lives from many nations through the friendships she made and maintained while teaching international students of all ages.
Susan was born in Fullerton, Nebraska on August 1, 1951, the third of five children. She attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. She married John H. Jones in 1971 and moved from Nebraska to Florida, to Georgia, and then to a three year experience in Spain as a Navy wife. For many years, Susan cared for patients as a Registered Nurse. She moved with John to duty stations in Virginia, Texas, Japan, and California prior to his retirement in Lawrence after his assignment to the Naval ROTC Unit at the University of Kansas. Their family grew to include Stephen, his wife Jennie, and their children Rosemarie, Owen, and William, as well as their daughter Jeannie and her husband Steven Paulson. Susan’s interest in helping others led her to begin voluntarily teaching at Small World, where she taught English to international women and their children, and where she served as Assistant Director for more than twenty years. Susan also served the Lawrence First Baptist Church as a volunteer teacher and program leader. Her final days drew her community of friends and family even closer together, and her loss is felt deeply by many.
The family suggests memorials in Susan’s name to Small World, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.