VIRGINIA (ANDERSON) JONES Tuesday, November 8, 1921 - Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Virginia Anderson Jones, 95, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2017. Virginia was born November 8, 1921 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of the late Nina Nesmith Anderson and Herbert Anderson.

A talented and passionate basketball player at Clever High School, she went on to graduate from St. John's School of Nursing, earning an RN in 1943, and then worked at St. John's and O'Reilly Hospitals. After an eight-year correspondence with her Clever High School sweetheart, who had joined the Navy in 1939, Virginia married Woodrow Jones in April, 1944. They began married life in San Diego where Woodrow was stationed during the final year of WWII. Immediately upon her west coast arrival, Virginia continued work as a surgical nurse, private-duty nurse, and later as an obstetric anesthesiology nurse until starting her family. Virginia and Woodrow lived in San Diego for 15 years, moved the family to New Jersey for 10 years, and finally returned to San Diego in 1968, where Virginia resumed nursing as charge nurse of a mental health residential facility in El Cajon, CA. Two life-long commitments for Virginia were love and care for her family and interest in the changing field of modern nursing.

Virginia loved her travels to Mexico and many European countries with her beloved husband, Woodrow, and later her travel adventures with daughter Myra to Ireland, Scotland, and England. Having experienced life on both the west and east coasts, and after Woodrow's retirement in 1980, they built their dream home in Kissee Mills, MO.

Virginia was a talented quilter and devoted member of the Clever United Methodist Church where she will be missed by many. She always enjoyed her close Springfield neighborhood friends and the many Lakewood resident friends made more recently.

Virginia cherished her family, her late brother J.W. Anderson; and her wonderful nephews: Ed, Dan, Charlie and their wives; and nieces: Annette, Mary Kay, Rose, and Connie, all from her late sister, Dorothy Anderson Regan's family.

In spite of recent health challenges, Virginia would frequently describe her nine decades as a "charmed and blessed life".

Virginia is survived by daughters Myra Jones Morgan (Avon, CT), Pamela Jones (Desert Hot Springs, CA), and son Gregory Jones and daughter-in-law Angela (Clayton, NC). She was blessed with five grandchildren: Brielle Neilson and husband Logan (San Francisco), Blake Jones and wife Andrea (Prosper, TX), Kyle Jones and wife Amy (Wilmington, NC), Derek Jones (Atlanta) and Dustin Jones (Port St. Lucie, FL); as well as six great-grandchildren: Grant, Taylor, and Emily in NC, Stella and Simone in CA, and Amelie in TX.

A graveside memorial service celebrating Virginia’s long life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Delaware Cemetery, Nixa, Mo., under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, Mo. Online condolences may be shared on this website, at

Service Details: A graveside memorial service celebrating Virginia’s long life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Delaware Cemetery, Nixa, Mo., under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, Mo.

On behalf of my Mom Toni, who asked me to send to all of you her love and sympathy. She misses her talks with your Mom every Saturday and how close they became in these late years and were able to share many, many years of memories and life experiences. Mom truly misses having those weekly conversations.  So grateful that Mom got to reunite with her for a visit a few short months ago (priceless). Love and prayers you all.... On behalf of my Mom, Toni Murphy.
I don't get the paper any more so ran across this late.  Please accept my condolences for Virginia.  She was a wonderful, cheering optimistic lady who always saw the bright side of everything.  It was a joy to be around her.  I am sure she is with Woody at peace in heaven now.
Myra, Pam and Greg and Families. Sending my love to all of you on your loss of a beautiful Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother and Aunt. I will always remember Aunt Jen as the sweet and kind person she was,  with an amazing lust for life. Sending heartfelt condolences to all of you.  Brenda Murphy Dorcey 
Myra, Pam and Greg and family. So sorry to hear about aunt Jen. Will always remember her as an amazing, sweet lady. Love you all. Mark Murphy and Julie Huff
Myra, Pam, Greg and families, We were so sorry to hear of your Mother's death.  She was a sweet lady.   You'll be in our thoughts. Rick and Brenda Persinger and family
Virginia was a vibrant woman who loved her family, travel, and the Ozarks area.She always enjoyed visiting all of her family in Shenandoah, Iowa.
My sympathies to Myra, Pam and Greg with the passing of Virginia.  She lived a good energetic life and always had fun in every adventure. Cherish all your memories of her. 
Aunt Virginia was very kind when she visited Grandma Nina and the Regan Family. She is a standout in my childhood memories.  
I thought the world of Virginia. She was a frequent customer when I managed Coldwater Creek. Very sweet lady.
She was great, I remember all the board games we played after dinner.  A true classic, the greatest generation no doubt.  She was a great grandmother I just wish we had more time.  
Wonderful Woman!  Good neighbor to Mother, Friend to all of us! Sweet  memories of two ladies whose lives so paralleled, even to departing earth. Peace and Comfort to Myra, Greg, and Pammie!
Wonderful Woman! Great neighbor to Mother!  Good friend to all of us!  Precious memories of two ladies whose lives so paralleled  --down to they days of Heaven going   Peace and Confort to Myra, Greg, Pammi Pammie