Mary Jones
Mary Jones

Former Rochester resident, Mary Alice Jones, 97, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Trenton, Mich.

On Feb. 2, 1920, Mary Alice Long was born in Kosciusko County. She was the cherished daughter of George and Esther Dunfee Long.

In Ligonier, on Sept. 16, 1954, Mary Alice married the love of her life Mr. Gerald "Jerry" Jones. They shared 58 years of life's adventures. Sadly, he passed away on Oct. 18, 2012.

Gardeners, Mary Alice and Jerry enjoyed the annual planting of the garden. Every spring, she enhanced the landscape of their home by planting colorful flowers. Accomplished with handiwork, Mary Alice enjoyed sewing and knitting gifts of warmth for family and special friends. She was also a devoted member of Rochester's First Christian Church for many years.

Left to cherish the memory of Mary Alice are a son, John Jones and wife Sharon, Trenton, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Laura Keller and husband Vance, Lake Okeechobee, Fla.; a stepson, Howard Jones, Rochester; five grandchildren, Adam Jones, Laney Jones, Margaret Kuster, Lindsey Liddle and Jeffrey Jones; two great-grandchildren, Harper Liddle and Cohen Liddle; seven stepgrandchildren; and numerous stepgreat-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Jerry; and son Thomas Jones on Oct. 17, 2005.

A celebration of the life of Mary Alice Jones will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Mike Van Heyningen officiating. Friends may visit with the family from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.