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Mary Jane Jones Howard


August 12, 2019

Mary Jane Jones Howard, 92, of Cedar Mountain, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

She was born Sept. 24, 1926, in Cedar Mountain to the late Paul Kendall Jones and Rhoda Heath Jones. In addition to her parents, her husband of 61 years, Ralph Eugene Howard, who died in 2008, and a sister, Hazel Jones, predeceased her.

She had been employed as a beautician and a florist in Atlanta, and she cooked and traveled with the owners of NFL teams Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. She also worked for Plantation Services in Boston, Ga.

She was active in the garden club in Decatur, Ga., and was known for her beautiful dahlias, which she shared with others and with Rocky Hill Baptist Church every Sunday.

Known for her love of feeding the community, her specialties were caramel cake, cinnamon rolls and artichoke relish. She also cooked the Wednesday night suppers for Rocky Hill Baptist Church, and she loved going on car rides.

She had a children’s book written about her by Christine Pace called, “Mary Jane Has A Visitor.” (Black bear eating her baked goods.)

Special thanks to her grandson, Kendall, for making it possible to remain in her home for the past several years, and special thanks also to all at Cedar Mountain House and Care Partners Hospice, who made her last two weeks comfortable.

Survivors include one daughter, Martha H. Stankey and husband, Chuck; one son, Paul Howard and wife, Sandy; two brothers, Solomon “Buddy” Jones and wife, Ruth, and Bobby Jones and wife, Lucy; two grandsons, Thomas Kendall Howard and Chadwick Thomas Etters; and two great-grandchildren, Austin Etters and Kristin Etters.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at Rocky Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rocky Hill Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home, 181 S. Caldwell St. in Brevard, cared for the family.


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