Reba Nell Mayfield Jones, Hollister, CA, went to be with her Lord suddenly Sunday morning May 1, 2011, after suffering a fall and head injury.
Reba was born in Clarksville, TN on November 24, 1936. She was the only child of Nellie Rebecca Phillips Mayfield and Albert James Mayfield. Both her parents preceded her in death.
Reba was a graduate of Clarksville High School, Class of 1955. She attended Transylvania University, Lexington, KY. In 1955, Reba was presented, along with many of her childhood friends, at the Christmas Cotillion in Clarksville. There were approximately 15 active members
in the club. Reba attended summer school at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN in
“I met my best friend and the love-of-my-life, Marvin Jones of Trenton, Kentucky.” Reba then made the decision not to return to college in Kentucky.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Austin Peay in 1958. On February 7, 1959, Reba and Marvin were married in Clarksville, TN. Reba accepted a position at Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL. Later, Reba transferred to Oak Ridge National Laboratory where she worked while Marvin was receiving his PhD degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Reba had a wide range of experiences. She conducted cancer research at two of our National Laboratories, taught college, and was a successful retail antique dealer and appraiser for over 30 years. She especially enjoyed working with Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York City as a personal property analyst.
She semi-retired after moving to California in 1992; after more than 20 years in Cumberland, MD.
Reba was active in the San Benito County Republican Women Federated where she served as President for several years. She was a member of the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary as a volunteer at Hazel’s Thrift Shop. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church in Hollister.
Reba loved to travel and spent many miles in the friendly skies visiting children and grandchildren. She delighted taking grandchildren on trips to Europe and showing them “THE WORLD.”
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Marvin Jones; three children, Mary Willis Page (Tommy), Salisbury, NC, Rebecca Jones, Hollister, CA and Michael Jones (Elsa), Venice, FL; and four grandchildren, Steven and Anna Page (NC), and Rachel and Isabel Jones (FL).
There will be a Memorial Service for Reba Jones on May 23, 2011, at 4:00 P.M. The service, at Black-Cooper-Sander Funeral Home, 7th Street, Hollister, will be followed by a celebration of Reba’s life at the Vault Restaurant until 7:00 P.M.
Any contributions should be sent to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or whoever is running against President Obama in 2012.