Etta Jean Jones Wolford

May 08, 1927 ‒ December 04, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Etta Jean Jones  Wolford,  age 91, of Mount Vernon passed away on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 at the Mount Vernon Health & Rehabilitation Center.  She was born on May 8, 1927, in Martinsburg, to the late Alex and Pearl (Simpson) Bickel and had spent her lifetime in Knox County.  She was a member of the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and most recently attended the Gay Street United Methodist Church.

Jean, or “Ma” as she was called by so many who loved her, fully enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.  But her greatest enjoyment was her family.  All of her life Sunday afternoons were spent with any and all family enjoying a cookout during the summer or a home cooked meal the rest of the year.  Even after Jean was no longer able to live in the family home, the girls continued taking her there every Sunday for family dinners for four and a half years until she was no longer able and the family home had to be sold to take care of her.  Jean loved Christmas and shopping for everyone which gave her much joy even though her list often contained well over 50 names!  She also looked forward to her annual beach trip with the girls which they enjoyed for over 30 years and continued until 2013 when Jean was no longer able to make the trip.  Jean loved to see the West Virginia capital lights but always had to be awakened in order to enjoy.

Jean was proud to let people know that she lived in Dan Emmett’s house as a child when it was located on South Mulberry Street.  She was upset with the controversy over the house actually being Dan Emmett’s and when it was torn down due to a fire and rebuilt with a new design.  While her children were in school, Jean participated in the PTO of West Elementary School for many years and served on the board of elections for many, many years.  Jean was honored by Mount Vernon City Council on September 25, 2000 for being a neighborhood inspiration.  She was a former member of the Amvets, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Women of the Moose and was a life member of the VFW.

Jean is survived by her children Nancy Jean Cook, David Edward Jones, Barbara Jane (Donald) Hamm, Debra Maxine (Garry) Snavely, Ruth Ann (Delbert) Bowman; step sons Arthur “Artie” (Mel) Wolford, Jeffrey (Beth) Wolford; twelve grandchildren, Brant (Kathy) Cook, Doug (Carrie) Cook, Lynette (Randy) Jones, Monette (Jon) Mawer, Tiffany (Ray) Conkle, Tracy (Ed) Bennett, Jamie (Sarah) Hamm, Jason (Kaitlyn) Hamm, Greg (Brandy) Vickers, Staci (Chad) Meyers, Steve (Debbie) Brookover, David Brookover; twenty great grandchildren; her sister Maxine (Don) Hinkens; numerous nieces, nephews and many extended family including her “2nd” son Roger Marra.

In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her first husband David Jones; her second husband Arthur Wolford; her brothers John, Pete and Robert Bickel; her sisters Pauline Phillips and Sarah Hissong; her daughter-in-law Joy Jones; and her son-in-law Ken Cook.

Friends may call on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4-7PM and on Friday from 10-11AM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home.  A service will be held on Friday, beginning at 11AM, with Mr. Roger Marra officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Hospice of Central Ohio

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  • What else can be said but, I’m sorry for your loss. I enjoyed talking with Jean so much and man, could she make the best peanut brittle. When visiting my aunt at the Rehab Center, I was able to talk with Jean when she was out and about. I will miss her. Losing your mother is tough but in time the memories of her smile and lauaghter will get you through and warm your heart.

    • I am so sorry i did not spend the time over the years that i should have,but i always loved for the wonderful woman she was, she accepted me in to the Family when i first came to this country, i will always remember the times with her at the Family reunions, and special occasions,I am so sorry for your loss, i would love to come , but are unable to due to h.issues.

  • Nancy, Ed, Deb, Ruth Ann and families
    So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a great woman. So many great memories from the neighborhood. Keep her memories in your hearts as she is in yours.

  • Nancy, Ed, Deb, Ruth and family who loved “Ma”,

    We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. 

    Ma was like a second mother to our family. So many loving memories of her. She is loved and will be missed.

  • Know that Tom and I are sending our deepest condolences to Jean’s family and friends.

    Since I grew up in the neighborhood I remember her well and know how much she loved her family. In the hard days ahead may you be comforted by your many memories.

  • So sorry to here of the loss of your beautiful Mother ! My Deepest Sympathy goes out to you and your Family. If there is anything I can do for you Ruthie. Please let me know ! God Bless you and your Family Sincerely Karen

  • So sincerely sorry for your loss of a wonderful lady. We have many fond memories of her. The love of her family was so important to her and she spent many hours following them in all their activities. She had the warmest smile and the friendliest attitude. What a blessing that you have so many great remembrances to cherish.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time, and we know you will be comforted by her memories for many years to come.
    Very fondly,
    John and Sally Jenkins

  • So very sorry about hearing the loss of a neat Lady. She was a peach. I was so glad to have known her over the years and glad to got to see her the last time I was in Mount Vernon. She will be missed. My heart goes out to all of you. Love, Jeff

  • Deb, BJ, Ruthie, Ed and Nancy: What wonderful memories we’ve all shared because of your Mom. She made each get-together a memorable one (especially her annual garbage can stew cookout). All of our times spent at the “river” with Ma and Dale will always be some of the best times I’ve ever had. She will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with you.

    Connie

  • So sorry for your loss. My mother, Elaine Batdorff, loved the almost daily card games they played. Jean was one of a kind.

    • Thank you Sandy. Mom missed Elaine terribly and we are thankful for her friendship. Hope she’s doing well. Please give her a hug from me! Warmly,
      Barb

  • Condolences to all of you that I knew so well I will miss your “Ma” and hope that all of you realize that she is now truly home. With most sincere condolences
    Doc “Bob” and Annie Morrison

  • Sending prayers and condolences your way in the loss of your beautiful mother. Her smiles and laughter brightened up my childhood . She was a fun loving soul and will truly be missed .

  • My sincere condolences to the whole family, I have many wonderful memories of Ma. I wish you all comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  • Ruth Ann
    We were so sorry to read of your mother’s passing. She was such a nice lady.
    We both loved her peanut brittle – none could compare.
    Please know that you and Etta’s family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Nancy, Ed, Jane, Deb, Ruth and families,
    So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a great woman. So many great memories from the neighborhood. Keep her memories in your hearts as she is in yours.

  • Nancy, Ed, Barb, Deb, Ruth and family who loved “Ma”,

    We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead.

    Ma was like a second mother to our family. So many loving memories of her. She is loved and will be missed.

  • All the family, Ma will be so sadly missed ! Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you. So many great times she gave to all that knew her. Mom ( Lois ) and Hillbilly shared many great times with Ma . She would light up the room when she walked in.

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