Ruth L. Jones, 80, of Spirit Lake, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Ruthven Care Center in Ruthven.
Ruth was born Nov. 29, 1923, in Sioux City, and graduated from East High School. She began her college education at Morningside College in Sioux City and graduated from Westmar College in Le Mars.
Ruth married Lamar Jones of Hinton on May 27, 1944. The couple and their four children lived in Hinton until 1973 when they moved to Spirit Lake.
She and her husband, Lamar, owned the Jones Food Center in Hinton, the Hinton Telephone Company, and organized the Marrland Heights development south of Hinton. After moving to Spirit Lake, she worked as a realtor broker with the Blaine Hoien Agency of Spirit Lake.
Ruth was on the board of trustees of Morningside College and enjoyed participating in church activities throughout her life.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Cleo Sipma of Hinton, her sister-in-law, Elaine Oxenford and husband, Don, of Marion, and her sister-in-law Myrna Jones of Le Mars; her children, son Gary Jones and his wife, Judy, of Dakota Dunes, S.D., son Lamar Jones Jr. and his wife, Vickie of Omaha, Neb., daugher Jacqueline Kelley and her husband, Richard, of Ruthven, and son Jeffrey Jones and his wife, Sherri, of Enid, Okla.; 12 grandchildren, Michelle Eads, Cheryl Weinberger, Matthew, Rebecca, Sydni, Alex and Bayli Jones, Katie Meyer, Duncan Kelley, Ryan, Jon and Justin Connealy, and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lamar Jones; her father, Elmer Elliott; her mother, Ethel Elliott; and her brother, John Elliott.
Memorial services and family visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hinton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jason Gutzmer officiating, and at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Turner Funeral Home in Spirit Lake with Gene Krueger officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Turner Funeral Home of Spirit Lake. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City.
Memorials may be directed to the Hinton United Methodist Church or Spirit Lake United Methodist Church.