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 www.meadorsfuneralhome.com