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In Memory Of Our Poets

Mary Jean McGinty (Jones) (1927-2013) - Class Of 1946

Jean McGinty Jones, 86, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2013 at Phenix City Health Care. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Macon Road Chapel with Rev. Paul Appleby officiating. A private burial will be held before the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home before and after the service.

Mrs. Jones was born on July 22, 1927, in Montgomery, AL. She was the daughter of the late John Massey McGinty and Jessie Kennedy McGinty. She was a graduate of Sidney Lanier High School and attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery. She was married to Charles W. Jones on November 12, 1948. They moved to Columbus, GA, in 1953. They were married 57 years when he passed away in 2005. She was an active member of Central Christian Church where she held many leadership positions through the years. She was active in the community, always volunteering where she was needed. She worked at the Crippled Children's Clinic, she was active in La Sertoma, and she was a Girl Scout troup leader for Rosemont School. She enjoyed painting with watercolors and was a member of the Columbus Artists' Guild. She also enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends. She was, foremost, a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Known for her cooking skills and making people feel welcome, she enjoyed entertaining friends and family in her home all through the years.

Besides her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Hazel McGinty Colley, and her brother, Raymond McGinty.

Survivors include her two daughters and their husbands, Alice Henderson Bell and Charles Bell of Auburn, AL, and Laura and Dirk Chandler of Columbus; one grandchild, Mary Henderson Fukai and her husband, James, and one great-grandchild, Alice Caroline Fukai, of Auburn, AL. She is also survived by her sister, Maxine McGinty Compton of Plano, TX, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family would like to thank her caregiver of many years, Lauri Holbrook, the staff of Muscogee Manor O'Dell Wing, the staff of Columbus Hospice, and the staff of Phenix City Health Care for all their loving attention and excellent care given to our mother during her lengthy illness.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Central Christian Church Van Fund, 7775 Moon Road, Columbus, GA, 31909; or Columbus Hospice at www.columbushospice.com.

Condolences may be offered at www.shcolumbus.com.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Oct. 28, 2013