Montez Rhodes Jones died April 11, 2019 in her home of 67 years in Rockdale, Texas.
She was born Oct. 22, 1922 in San Saba, the only daughter of George H. Rhodes and Sweet Ora Walker Rhodes. Her mother died when she was 5; she was raised in San Saba by her father and his second wife, Josephine “Josie” Gay Rhodes.
She graduated from San Saba schools and Durham Business College in Austin.
She married Lt. James Vance Jones of Lampasas, in Lubbock on Jan. 10, 1943. He preceded her in death.
After the end of World War II, they lived briefly in Lampasas, Burnet and Marble Falls, then moved to Rockdale in 1952.
Montez was a longstanding member of the Rockdale St. John’s United Methodist Church. She also was a Cub Scout den mother, active in multiple Rockdale bridge clubs and an avid lifelong crossword puzzle player; her last puzzle was done on March 19.
Mrs. Jones is survived by her three children, Jimmy Karl Jones and wife Tonia of Lampasas, Andrew E. Jones III of Austin and Kimberly Jones of Austin; seven grandchildren, Andrew E. Jones IV and wife Sarah of Nacogdoches, Jennifer Jones, Jonathan Ryan Jones, James Brandon Jones and wife Evan, all of Austin, Cyril Vance Jones and wife Lindsay of Houston, Edward McLean Jones of Dallas and Anthony James Jones of Georgetown; five great-grandchildren, McKenzie Grace Jones, Elena Reese Jones, Gentry Blue Jones, and twins Reed Campbell Jones and Harris MacLean Jones.
Graveside services for the family were April 18 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lampasas.
Donations may be made to Kindred Hospice, 2626 South 37th St., Temple, TX 76504. Funeral home-related services in Rockdale were provided by Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home. Graveside services were handled by Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas.