Dorothy J. (Dottie) Jones left this life on Sunday night, Jan. 27, 2013. She was born in Paxton, Ill., to Clarence â€śKieâ€ť and Emily Heater Johnson on June 10, 1931. She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Clemont R. (Clem) Jones of Big Spring; three sons, Dana Jones and wife Tammi of Big Spring, Brian Jones and wife Tracy of Denton and Mark Jones of Justin; two granddaughters, Stacy Thigpen and husband Robert of Gainesville, Ga. and Emily Jones of Denton; and a grandson, Kie Jones of Big Spring.
She is also survived by two sisters, Karen Dingle of Bombay, N.Y., and Sandra Lehman and husband Rodney of Berne, Ind.; and one brother, Stephen H. Johnson and wife Denise of San Antonio, Texas.
After following her Air Force husband, Clem, around the globe, they were stationed at Webb AFB, liked Big Spring and its people and stayed.
She graduated valedictorian of her class at Howard College. Dottie retired from St. Maryâ€™s Episcopal School after 25 years of teaching. She said many times it was the joy of her life to teach children. She also loved oil painting and teaching her Sunday school class for more than 40 years. She and her family have been members of First Baptist Church since 1968.
She was a faithful wife and mother and loved her family and friends, of which she had many. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Visitation will be held at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Graveside services will be held at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Mark Lindsey and Chaplain Cherise Felty officiating.
The family suggests donations in her memory be made to First Baptist Church, 705 W. FM 700, Big Spring, Texas 79720.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com