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Elda Jones

Elda Jones

Elda, nee McCormick, Jones, 92, of Marissa, IL; born on November 20, 1925 in Fort Gage, IL; passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Four Fountains Nursing Home in Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Jones was a retired licensed insurance broker for the State of Illinois.  She worked for the Church and Hamilton Insurance Agency.  That agency later became the Vogel Insurance Agency and then Cherry Insurance Agency.  Elda was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Marissa, joining in her early teens.  She served in the church on several committees and held many positions.  Elda also did extensive research with her family genealogy and history.  She was a member of the Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society for many years.  In 2017 Elda was named Marissa’s Most Valuable Person.

She was preceded in death by her parents – George and Stella, nee Tolbert, McCormick.  Her husband – James “Jimmy” Jones whom she married on January 22, 1949 and who passed away on June 14, 2002.  Two brothers – James and Edgar Faye.  One sister in infancy – Myrtle Mae.  One cousin – Orville Tolbert.  One grandson – Christopher Cahoon.

She is survived by her son – Larry (Linda) Jones.  Her daughter – Rita Jones-Cahoon.  Two grandchildren – Sheryl Jones; Michael (Melanee) Jones.  Three great-grandchildren – Riley Starr; Tyler Jones; Alecsander Cahoon.  One brother – Kenneth (Helen) McCormick.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Marissa or to the Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society.

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 11:00am with Rev. James Harkness officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held in the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Dawn & Bruce Baker says:

    Larry, Linda and family,we are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I will always remember her sweet smile and willingness to help others. She will forever be remembered for her dedication to Marissa and it’s history. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Jean Ann McCormick Thayer says:

    Aunt Elda always had a smile on her face and love in her heart. I am so sorry we cannot be with you to celebrate her life. She will truly be missed. Love to all of you.

  3. Katie Leveling says:

    Jones Family,
    Elda was one of a kind! She was extremely dedicated to her town, her church and most of all, her family. My sincere condolences go out to each of you during this difficult time.

  4. Janice Steele Smith says:

    Rita & Larry you have our family’s sympathy on the passing of your mother. Just remember that you still have a life time of memories. Our mom enjoyed working with her at the Academy. Our families have known each other for a long time, you have our prayers.

  5. Jean Macke says:

    Please accept my sincere sympathy to all of you on Elda’s passing. She contributed much to our town and lived an active and interesting life. She will be missed. May God give you comfort and peace.

  6. Cathy Sinn Flowers says:

    Rita, I am so sorry about your mother’s passing. While I did not know her, my dad says she was very instrumental in keeping the Coal Festival alive, and was the Grand Marshall of one of the parades. Nothing can replace the love between a mother and daughter…may you find solace in the memories you share. May she rest in the arms of Jesus., and may God grant you His peace.

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