Funeral services for Anna Louise King Jones, 87, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Killeen. A reception will follow in the parish hall of the church. Burial will be at 2 p.m. on April 3, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.
Ann died March 7, 2018, in Waxahachie.
She was born June 30, 1930, in Glenpool, Okla. when it was a tiny farm community. After graduation from high school, she worked as a secretary. When recruiters for the military came to town, she talked it over with her dad and joined the Women’s Army Corps. She was stationed in New Jersey, then Fort Hood in Killeen, where she met and fell in love with Lt. Ed Jones. They married in 1952.
She then moved to San Antonio while he shipped out to Korea. Upon his return, Ed joined the FBI and they took off to Flagstaff, Ariz. The couple moved all around the USA. with Ed’s job, raising two children. They lived in California, Virginia, Florida, Puerto Rico and returned to San Antonio. Finally, they came full circle back to Killeen in 1968.
Ann and Ed built a champion line of Appaloosa show and cutting horses from Navajo Pepper, a foundation mare belonging to her father, Floyd King. Ann was always an active, outgoing person who made friends quickly, easily, and everywhere. She joyfully volunteered in every community she lived in and worked with the altar guild in each church. She became a lifelong member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Killeen. She worked with and encouraged Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Killeen Riding and Roping Club, and the Appaloosa Horse Club. After the death of her son she became very active with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
In recent years, Ann started a new life near her daughter in Ovilla, Texas. She made many wonderful friends there, too, including neighbors, horse people, her caregivers, the Rev. Adrianna Elliott of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Desoto, Texas, and the staff of Legend Oaks of Waxahachie.
Always an extrovert, Ann loved her family, people, animals, sports (especially basketball), dancing, cooking, gardening, and had a special interest in conserving native plants. She had a smile, a quip, a joke, or advice for everyone. She is sure to be whole and happy again in the light and love of her faith and loved ones who’ve gone on before her, including her horses, I’m A Pepper Too “Toot”, her champion mare and one of her closest friends.
Ann was preceded in death by her her beloved husband of 44 years, Edwin Brooke Jones, and her son, Davis Brooke Jones.
She is survived by her sister, Vicki Hulett of Edmond, Okla; her daughter Elizabeth Jones and son-in-law Bert Holombek of Ovilla, Texas; her grandchildren Emily and Stephen Holombek; Brooke and Keith Hughes; and her great-grandchildren Hailee, Taylor, and Ian Hughes.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages that donations be made to a charity of choice or any of the following: St. Christopher’s Episcopal of Killeen; St. Ann’s Episcopal of Desoto, Texas; MADD; equine rescue groups; The Memorial to Women in Military Service for America.