JONES, Mary "Frances"

Friday, April 26, 2013


Mary “Frances” Jones, 70, of Amarillo died Sunday, April 7, 2013. Celebration of life services will be at 2 p.m Thursday in Craig Methodist Retirement Center Chapel in Amarillo. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St. Frances was born April 20, 1942, in Quanah to Hattie Isaacks Jones and Green Webster Jones.


She was raised in Eldorado, Okla., where she graduated as valedictorian from Eldorado High School with numerous academic scholarships. Following high school graduation, she attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, now University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in clothing, textiles and merchandising.


She received a Master of Science degree in Library Science in 1967, from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University in Commerce. She began her academic career in 1966 at ETSU where she held positions at Gee Library in the Curriculum Library, periodicals department and as head of acquisitions department. Frances directed the development of an online acquisitions system in 1970, which increased book and magazine ordering efficiency by 50 percent.


She moved to Amarillo in 1972 to continue her career at West Texas State University as assistant to the Librarian. She held positions as Associate Librarian for technical services and University Librarian. During her years at WTAMU, she held several offices in professional organizations such as the Texas Library Association and the Harrington Library Consortium. She was a member of many service groups including Amarillo Women's Network, Amarillo Business and Professional Women's Club, Friends of Amarillo Public Library, Friends of WTAMU Cornette Library, League of Women Voters, and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


During her years after retirement, she enjoyed gardening, reading and having high tea with her friends each afternoon. Survivors include her brother, Gordon Lee Jones and wife Clara of Garden City, Kan.; several nieces and nephews; numerous friends; and her beloved rescue dog, Molly. High tea will be served in the lobby of Craig Methodist immediately following the service.