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|Janet Marie Jones|
|November 21, 1933 - December 19, 2017|
Janet Marie Jones, is celebrated by her family, friends, and community. She died peacefully, at home, December 19, 2017.
Janet Marie McAllister was born November 21, 1933 in Butler County KS to Mont and Etoile (Fitzgerald) McAllister.
Jann grew up on a farm near Andover, KS, graduating High School from Derby, KS. She went on to attend Wichita State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Alaska where she received her Bachelors of Science, was on the President's Honor Roll, and received the Boswell award – Most Outstanding Senior Woman.
Jann truly loved learning and the arts. She continued her education taking a variety of classes at several colleges. Some of her favorites include photography, holography, ceramics, weaving, and painting. Jann was an accomplished weaver.
Jann taught school in Alaska at Lathrop High School (Fairbanks) and Arcturus Junior High School (Ft. Richardson). She also worked with the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, working with both youth and adults in the community, in charge of 4-H and Home Demonstrations Clubs, public relations, and news releases. Jann also spent a summer with Wien Alaska Airline as a Stewardess.
Jann returned to Kansas in 1964 and taught school at SW Kansas Area Vocational Technical School and USD 443 – Dodge City Senior High School, teaching Vocational Home Economics and Language Arts. She later was an outreach instructor for preschoolers with developmental delays with Arrowhead West in Dodge City.
Jann was a secretary for KS Wesleyan University, Harvey County, Bethel College in Newton, and Salina's Smoky Hill Museum, retiring in 2000.
Jann was involved in many civic activities, including President of the Dodge City branch of the American Association of University Women; Member of the Women's Chamber of Commerce; member of the Board of Trustees, teacher, sponsor, and UMW officer, Trinity Association, United Methodist Church in Dodge City; appointed member of the Dodge City Library Task Force; Member of the admin counsel of the Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton; School PTA; tutor; and involvement in 4-H, cub scouts, and girl scouts.
Jann is survived by her husband, Donley Jones; daughter Kimberly Coxon (Glen) of Salina; son Kyle Jones (Alisi) of Raleigh, NC; grandson Justin Willey (Linzy) of Fruita, CO; granddaughter Valerie Anderson of Salina; and sister Pat Wilkerson (Charles) of Dodge City.
She was an amazing role model and we were blessed to have her in our lives.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m., Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 901 E. Neal, Salina. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Salina and sent in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. 8th St., Salina.