Elsie Baker Jones, age 94, retired to her home in heaven on Friday, June 12.
She was born December 14, 1925 in New Bloomfield, to Letch and Delphia Baker.
She had a wonderful childhood growing up with her brothers on the family farm in Callaway County. Elsie was united in marriage for 69 years to the love of her life, Jack Jones, on May 26, 1951, and has been a resident of Monroe City community ever since. To this union were three sons, David (Kim), Steve (Jeanne) and Kevin. After graduating as valedictorian of her high school class, at the age of 17, Elsie went to St. Louis for her first job at a defense plant until she decided to pursue a degree in education. Elsie worked her way through Hannibal LaGrange College as a librarian and completed her degree in education from Northeast Missouri Teacher’s College. Her first teaching job was in a one room school house in West Hartford, she then taught at Center, Trenton, Perry and Monroe City. Her teaching career spanned over 35 years. She had great relationships with many of her students, and was especially proud of those that went on to become editors and published writers. No one who met Elsie forgot her dedication and passion for education. She gave so much to the community. She taught Sunday School at the First Baptist Church and at the Mount Vernon Methodist Church for many years. She also served as President of CTA, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Learning Opportunity Board. Elsie was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling and loved being a grandmother to her grandchildren AJ, (Liz) Greg,(Brandi), Jackie, (Grant) and her great grandchildren, Gage, Brodi, Jaxon, Morgan, Dahlia and Flynn.
In heaven, she was welcomed by her parents, grandparents, infant twin sisters, two brothers (Udell and LeRoy), extended family and so many wonderful friends.
A private funeral service is planned, but if you would like to participate in a celebration of Elsie’s life and have a special memory or story you would like to share, please do so at www.garnerfuneralchapel.com. Memorials may be given to the Monroe City School or Mount Vernon Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home & Chapel, Monroe City, Missouri.