Viola Jones

May 18, 1931 ~ May 1, 2020 (age 88)


Viola Jones of Rockford age 88, departed this earthly life  05/01/2020. She was born 05/18/1931 in Birmingham, Alabama to Guy and Sudie Mae McCray Green. 
Viola attended schools in Rockford. She had a long career in Housekeeping that spanned over 40 years. 
After retirement she was a dedicated Headstart volunteer. Her charity knew no bounds.
Later her charitable and generous spirit rose to the occasion. Which presented itself to take care of her deceased sister's five children, she raised them and took care of them for her. Her nieces and nephews adore her.
Viola was a valued member of Homemakers with a Flare, Senior Citizens Group at Washington Park Center
and Lifescape.
My Mom loved reading the newspaper. "I enjoyed seeing her happy whenever I brought her one. " Her daughter Gwen.
"I always enjoyed my long conversations with our Mom. We would spend hours sometimes reminiscing about the past, joking and laughing. Also  I quite enjoyed her words of wisdom, as she continued to raise her grown daughter". Her daughter Annette
"Mom was an amazing cook, her 7 up cake, Banana Bread, Red Velvet cake were always delicious and my Mom's potato salad was the best I ever tasted" Her daughter Mary.
"Our Mother would like her children to honor her life, stay strong, keep family together, be as good as she was and we can reach and do better than she did" Her son Monty
"Mom enjoyed me taking her to parades where they threw out candy so that she could go home and bag it up to give to the neighborhood kids, family and friends.
She loved sharing, Mom was very generous and kind. Mom also loved the month of May, as she would talk about her Mother's Day, Birthday Celebration" early in the month of January. LOL.
She loved watching basketball, truly a huge fan of the Chicago Bulls, L.A. Lakers and the Golden State Warriors.
She loved flowers, receiving them as well as planting them in the Garden. 
At 6:30 p.m. during the week she  watched her favorite show "Wheel of Fortune". Her daughter Karen.
Viola had a great caring and generous love for all people. And a special love for her furry friends, Terry, Tiffany and Hailey. Mom's beloved pet dogs.
Viola's love for music made her a regular attendee of (Live at Levings  Music In the Park). Where two years ago she was honored with a plaque to show how her attendance was appreciated.
Her warm and loving church family for over 40 years was Blessed Hope Bible Church. Where she regularly attended Sunday School and Sunday Services.
This gave her a strong foundation for her faith in God, her hope in his promises and her steadfast prayer. Her abiding love of Christ Jesus has sustained her at difficult times in her life.
The last four years, she has had a new Church home. One who has welcomed her with open arms at New Life Bible Church. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
She had many friends of whom she loved and enjoyed visiting with , who also loved her. Just one of Mom's uplifting compliments could make your whole day. She really had an art for uplifting ones spirit, most would say so.
She was our family Matriarch and our heart. Her void is felt by her loving Children Gwendolyn Hayes, Annette D. Davenport, Mary L. Jones Durbin, Leonard (Monty) L. Jones and Karen L. Jones. Also Nieces and Nephews Mary Poindexter, Raymond Green, Deborah Hayes, Gregory Green, Michael Green and  K. Patrick Yarbrough; numerous Grand Children and Great Grandchildren also Great Great Nieces and Nephews and Cousins.
Preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Sudie Mae Green; son, Baby Davenport; Sisters Velma Ruth and Laghretta Green, Husband Leonard Jones, Grand Daughter Felicia Y Hayes, Grandson Antonio Hayes, Brothers, Paul Green, David McCray and Ralph, Great Grandson Azure Shine Jones and Brother Willie Percy Yarbrough; great niece, Carla Puckett and a host of numerous cousins.

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Graveside Service
May 12, 2020

11:00 AM
Collins & Stone Funeral Home
128 S Fifth Street
Rockford, IL 61104

Private Services

Collins & Stone Funeral Home
128 S Fifth Street
Rockford, IL 61104

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