The Homegoing Of
Mother Retha Mae Jones
July 14, 1929 – November 18, 2022
Flowers symbolize beauty, fragility and love of God, yet they also represent the fall of humankind. The beauty of a flower fades and eventually dies. Among the many ways to bloom, God in His infinite wisdom has planted us in his love, let us consider how the Lord has planted Mother Retha Mae Jones. Born in Onley, Virginia on July 14, 1929, to the parents of Viola and Hildred Stevenson, Retha Mae attended the public school system in Accomac County.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. — Maya Angelou She later migrated to the State of Delaware. While working the following jobs: school bus driver, Methodist Manor house in Seaford, DE and Sussex County Community Action, Mother embraced the many challenges of life but never forgot what God said in his word in 2 Corinthians 4:8-11, we are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
She was a long-time member of St. John 2nd Baptist Church in Millsboro and later joined Union Baptist Church in Lincoln, DE. She was the pianist, sang in the choir. She also taught African American History in churches as well as the community. When you are planted in the Lord Jesus you learn to “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.” Being motivated by the love of Jesus not to grumble or complain. (Philippians 2:14)
She married Johnny Jones, and they were married 60 years. From this union
were born nine children of which two, Kathleen Jones Stanley and Calvin L. Jones, preceded them in death. Life situations will cause us to learn how to focus on others. We learn to Love one another with brotherly affection. “Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:10).”
She leaves to cherish her memory 7 children: Shirley E. Jones, Phyllis M./Willie L. Savage, Inez G. Davis, Johnny Jones, Jr./Louise; Thelma J. Agostos, Retha M. Isler and Melvin Lee Jones; an adopted son, John Clyde Jones; one sister Doralene David; 20 Grand Children; A host of Great Grand Children and Great Great Grand Children. Mother was a foster parent to Servann Andrews, Isadore Andrews and many others. We celebrate all things that are of God. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. (Matthew 18:20)
A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at the St. John 2nd Baptish Church, 26602 Mt. Joy Road, Millsboro, DE 19966, where friends may call from 10 AM – 12 PM for viewing and visitation. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery.
Arrangements provided by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, DE
Electronic condolences via www.watsonfh.com