Gloria Verdene Jones

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Gloria Verdene Jones, age 82, passed away March 16, 2023 surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation: 6pm – 8pm Monday, March 20, at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Funeral Service: 2pm Tuesday, March 21, at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Interment: Mart Cemetery

Reception:  Immediately following the graveside service, friends and family are invited to a reception and light meal in the fellowship hall at the First Baptist Church of Mart, 601 E Texas Ave, Mart, TX 76664

Gloria was born January 31, 1941 to Delbert and Elthea (Griffin) Pace. She married Don Jones on September 2, 1961 in Wortham, Texas. Gloria and Don were longtime members of Lakeview Methodist Church. Gloria taught Literature and History for 29 years at Connally Jr. High School.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Elthea Pace; grandson, Sheriff Deputy Matthew R. Jones; sister, Dolores Pace McAdams; brothers, Glendale and Outher Dee Pace; brother-in-law, Archie McAdams; and sister-in-law, Becky Pace.

Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved husband, Donald Dean Jones of Waco; daughters, Lynn Jansky and husband Jerome of Porter Springs and Chris Kuykendall and husband Larry of Waco; son, Ronnie Jones and wife Debbie of West; brother, Bobby Pace of Longview; sister-in-law, Donna Pace of Gladewater; grandchildren, Brandon Jones, Stephen Jones and wife Melissa; Justin Jansky and Courtney Jones; and great grandchildren, Nolan Jansky, Hunter Jones, Avery Jones and Sylee Jones.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Carla and Chester Pogue

    Prayers of peace and comfort for all of you.

  2. Continued blessings and miracles to your family. Your mother was quite a lady! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  3. Cindy (Wright) Byrd

    Mrs. Jones was one of my favorite teachers at Connally. She taught 8th grade literature. I enjoyed her class and learned so much from her that I chose her as my teaching assistant option in high school. She taught me so many things that I still use to this day! She was a real treasure! Praying peace and comfort for her family.

  4. Marilyn Doherty

    Worked many a concession stand with Gloria & Don & she taught both of our children.
    The Jones family is in our thoughts & prayers.
    Marilyn & Chuck Doherty

  5. Roderick Hackworth

    My condolences to the family, be strong 💕🙏🏾💕

  6. Cheryl (Fore) Lee

    One of my all-time favorite teachers. What a life she led, to have touched so many young lives. Prayers for her family during this difficult time.

  7. Bylinthia D Porter

    Lifting you and your family up in prayer🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  8. Cindy (Capps) Lynch

    I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Jones passing. I never had her as a teacher but I did have Mr. Jones. My condolences to you and your family Mr.Jones.

  9. Melissa Olivo Heltenberg

    So appreciative of everything I learned from Mrs. Jones. May she test in peace. My condolences to the family

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Jones and the family. Mrs. Jones was a dedicated lady and will be missed.

    Ronnie & Brenda Price

  11. Prayers to the family. Mrs. Jones was one of the great teachers at Connally. I remember her teaching the Iiliad and Homer’s Odyssey and being immersed in learning. Rest in Peace Mrs Jones

  12. Jeannie Stafford

    Ronnie, Debbie and family. I’m so saddened by the loss of Grandmommy. She always made me feel like family. Sending love and prayers to you all during this difficult time. Jeannie

  13. Stanalee (Vandolah) Blackburn

    So sorry to hear of Ms Jones passing. She was truly a gifted teacher and will be missed. Prayers for strength for your family.

  14. Dawn VanEllen Taylor

    My heart is so sad f this news💕 Mrs. Jones was and still is a inspiration to me. I had the privilege to have her as a teacher and has inspired me to write. When I do publish I will honor her in my books. My condolences to Mr. Jones and family❤️
    Dawn VanEllen Taylor

  15. Mr Jones,
    Im so sorry to read of Mrs Jones’ passing.
    Prayers for you & your family

  16. Laura Teasley Painter

    Mrs. Jones was my 8th grade teacher, she was such a good teacher and leader. She expected the most out of her students and pushed you to tap into all of your potential. She demanded respect and she got it. I am forever grateful for the imprint she made on my life. Thank you for your knowledge and service to change and grow young minds.
    Love your “ reading improvement award recipient “ class of 1994
    Laura Teasley Painter

  17. I am very sorry for your loss. I will never forget Mr. And Mrs. Jones they were always looking out for the students and truly cared about all of them. You and your family are in my prayers.

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