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Patricia Ann Jones, age 85, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Heisinger Bluffs.
She was born May 8, 1924, in Kirksville, Mo., a daughter of Edgar J. "Crispy" and Mary Irene Glynn Ward, who preceded her in death. She was married June 11, 1949, to K.C. Jones Jr., who preceded her in death in 1991. Pat was a proud member of the 1942 graduating class of Jefferson City High School. She attended Jefferson City Junior College, and she earned a BA in Art and a BS in Art Education from the University of Missouri. In 1990 she retired after a 35-year career as an art teacher for the Jefferson City Public School system. As a teacher and later department head, Pat was actively involved in many of the annual events sponsored by the school district. A tireless worker, she designed and installed decorations for many Capitol Caroling events. She designed programs, sets and costumes for 30 Operettas. She was the sponsor of the Art Club and chaired the Sketch Day event numerous times. After retirement, she devoted her time to volunteer work at the St. Mary's Hospital Gift Shop where she served as both saleswoman and buyer. In 1988, she was honored as the Art Educator of the Year by the Missouri Art Education Association. That same year, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Citation from the Jefferson City Public Schools Alumni Association. In 1989, she was honored as the Missouri Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association. In 1998, she was honored as the Missouri Retired Art Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Art Education Association. Hundreds of former students still refer to her as their "favorite teacher". She was a member of the Jefferson City Art Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, Missouri Art Education Association, National Art Education Association, the Immaculate Conception Church Circle, St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, the Jefferson City Public Schools Alumni Association, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She served at least one term as President of almost every organization to which she belonged. When she wasn't busy with one of her many art projects, Pat enjoyed playing golf and bridge. She was also an avid fan of the Mizzou Tigers. Survivors include: her daughter, Dr. Ruthi Sturdevant (Craig) of Jefferson City; her grandsons, Benjamin Sturdevant of St. Louis and Casey Sturdevant of Osage Beach; her sister, Eileen Johnson (Charlie); and her niece Crissy Wilson (Dexter). She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Jones Potter; a step-daughter, Linda Crane; and her nephew Michael Johnson. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 26, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Church with Fr. Roberto Ike as the celebrant. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 25th. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Etta and Joseph Miller Performing Arts Center or to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com
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