In Memory of

Elsie Mae Jones

January 29, 1919 - December 5, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Elsie Mae Jones

Elsie Mae Jones

Born: January 29, 1919
Died: December 5, 2020
Age: 101

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In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established by the family. 
Gordon Jones
90 Echo Bay Drive
Tonka Bay, MN 55331

Elsie Mae Jones, the daughter of Paul and Emma (Christiansen) Paulsen, was born January 29, 1919 at her parent’s home in Peterson, Iowa.  Her childhood years were spent in the Peterson/Royal area, where she was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal.  She received her education in Royal, where she graduated from Royal High School.  Elsie continued her education at the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, IA, where she received her teaching certificate.  She renewed her certificate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. After her schooling, she taught elementary school in Gillett Grove and Sutherland.

     Elsie married Burnell Jones on June 23, 1945 in Ruthven, IA.  Following their marriage, they made their home on a farm near Ayrshire, IA and later Moneta, IA.  She always loved children and taught Bible school and Sunday school for many years.

     She passed away at the Spencer Hospital on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the age of 101.  Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Burnell; her grandparents: Peter and Christine Christensen and Chris & Else Paulsen; 2 brothers: Art and Howard Paulsen; an infant brother, Ralph; sister-in-law's, Pearl Jones & Ilene Crew; brother-in-law: Welcome & Bernice Jones & Burnell's parents: C.B & Lizzie Jones.

     Left to cherish her memory are her children: Mary (David) Fulton of Topeka, KS, Gordon Jones of Tonka Bay, MN; Stephen (Rose) Jones of St. Paul, MN and Jean (Charles) Winterboer of Adel, IA; 6 grandchildren: Heidi, Ben & Kerry Fulton, Erin & Chris Winterboer and Jeff Jones; 15 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends
Public Graveside services will be held 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at Silver Lake Cemetery in rural Ayrshire, Iowa.

Pastor Jeff Geiger
There will be no public visitation.
"Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad"
"Blessed Assurance"

By Mark Joenks
Silver Lake Cemetery
Rural Ayrshire, Iowa


Monday, January 4, 2021 at 3:45 PM
“Sorry I am so late in seeing the passing of Elsie May, she was a teacher at Gillett Grove at the time my brother and I were in grade school. I always had nothing but good memories during that time. She was a gem!
- Judy Hart
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:39 PM
“Elsie Mae was such a dear, sweet lady. I so enjoyed my visits with her. May you have peace knowing she is home with the Lord. And may God surround you with comfort at this difficult time.”
- Onalee Wright
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7:52 AM
“To Elsies Family: I will so miss the big beautiful smile that she always had. It was just a day brightener to see her on the street or in church ... she always acted as though she was genuinely interested in you. And that is a true gift. She is one of those people that I remember fondly as present and part of my Christian foundation and faith formation. May you be comforted and supported by the live and care of family and friends, your good times shared and your faith in a loving God.
With deepest sympathy,
Jane (Christensen ) Kruse”
- Jane Christensen Kruse
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 1:08 PM
“I'm so sorry to hear of Elsie's passing. I have many great childhood memories of her, I grew up living across the street from her in Spencer. She was always happy to see us kids and always had cookies for us. We rode our bikes and rollerskated up and down her driveway across into our own, and she never minded a bit. I also remember seeing her out going for walks frequently. She was a special lady and I'll never forget her.”
- Lisa Ewoldt
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 12:00 PM
“We were so saddened to hear that sweet Elsie had passed. She and Burnell moved into our neighborhood just a few short months after we did and lived right across the street from us. Elsie could always be counted on for a friendly smile and laugh, to supplement when we ran short on an ingredient for a recipe, fresh cookies for all thr neighborhood kids, and a freshly baked lemon meringue pie for Jack every time he plowed snow from her driveway. She was truly an angel on earth and although we moved from the neighborhood several years ago, we will miss her dearly. ”
- Jack and Diane Wilcox
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“I think of Elsie Mae as a pillar of our church in Royal. She was always busy with Bible studies, teaching Sunday school, visiting the sick, and looking for ways to encourage others. When David and I were first married, he was a newcomer to the church. Elsie went out of her way to befriend him and make him feel welcome in our church. Every Sunday (for a long time) she made a point of speaking to him. I've always appreciated her friendliness, positive attitude, and deep faith. We have lost a friend. Heaven has gained an angel. Our sympathies and prayers are with all of you...”
- David and Sue Brugman
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 6:46 PM
“Thoughts and prayers to all of Elsie's family. She was such a joy to visit, always had cookies to share, and lots of fun stories! She will be missed by many! Roger & Shelley (Nielsen) Johnson”
- Roger & Shelley (Nielsen) Johnson
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 8:42 AM
“Gordon and family. Such a sweet and lovely lady. My world will be smaller because she is gone. So many great memories of tea and cookies at her kitchen table.”
- Kenneth Hunziker
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 8:26 AM
“Oh, so very sorry to hear of Elsie's passing. What a wonderful, fun loving, caring person she was. We will miss her dearly.
- Craig and Linda Kunzmann
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 8:26 AM
“When I think of people who have left an imprint, Elsie Mae will always be there, one of the stalwart ladies of Bethlehem Lutheran from my childhood. Smiling, laughing, always happy it seemed, no matter what we kids were doing. In later years when she and I would see each other out and about, I always felt as if she was genuinely glad to see me, and walked away blessed by the encounter. I will hold a soft spot in my heart for Elsie Mae, and remember her as a woman who laughed as she talked... a rare gift. Heaven is surely a livelier place now! May God hold you, her precious family, gently at this tender time, and fill you with His peace. With sympathy for you, while rejoicing for Elsie Mae... ”
- Marcia Albers Steffen
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 8:26 AM
“Elsie was one of the first people I met in this area, over fifty years ago, when she and Burnell lived on the Moneta farm, kitty-corner across the road from my husband-to-be, Tim Galm, and his family. Tim had the highest admiration for Elsie. Blessings for Peace and Comfort to her Family at this difficult time.”
- Molly Mulqueen
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 4:39 PM
“We knew Elsie for many years what a delight it was to have coffee and cookies with her before we moved away from her neighborhood. Rest In Peace dear Elsie”
- Joan and Jim Unrau
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 4:38 PM
“We’re so sorry to hear the sad news about Elsie Mae. She was a sweet, special lady, and I have many memories of her. She and Mom were so close. ”
- Candy and Bob Ehmen
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 12:11 PM
“I got to know Elsie Mae when I moved to the neighborhood. Our backyards were connected and we always looked out for one another by watching for each other’s kitchen lights to come on every morning. She was the sweetest lady and loved visitors. We discovered we knew quite a few people as I grew up in Ayrshire and she has many stories about living there too. My condolences to her entire family. ”
- Amy Manwarren
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 12:11 PM
“Dear Steve and Family, Kathy and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family in the loss of your mother. May she rest in peace and the warmth of God's love.
- John Richardson and Kathy Moritz
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 12:11 PM
“I'm so glad I got to say a quick hello a couple of months ago! She was one very special lady; one of the toughest and sweetest I've ever known, and I will so miss her.
My prayers and condolences go to each family member at this difficult time.”
- Valerie Tulip
Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12:01 PM
“I will so miss that familiar laugh and smile. She was one of a kind! Donna Adams”
- Donna Adams
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