Rowena Mae Jones
The memorial service for Rowena Mae Jones, age 93, of Norman will be held on September 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church. Burial will precede the service at the Norman I00F Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. If you desire, the family would appreciate you sharing your comments or memories on the website at In lieu of flowers, Rowena requested that memorials be made to the First Christian Church, 220 S. Webster, Norman, OK 73069.

Rowena was born on January 28, 1926 in Caldwell, KS. She had four brothers and one sister. After graduating from high school in 1943 she went to the Western Union Telegraphy School and worked in several locations during and after WWII. From 1973 to 1977, she founded and was employed as the Director of the Youth Employment Service in Norman.

At age 18 and while working for Western Union in Hutchinson, KS she met her future husband, Wilford H. Jones, who was stationed there for Naval training. They were married on January 6, 1946 and were married for 44 years until her husband's passing. In 1959 they moved to Norman, OK where she spent the rest of her life as a homemaker and established deep roots in her neighborhood, community and church.

Rowena and Wilford were always active in church and Rowena served as an Elder and in the Christian Women's Fellowship, the Care Ministry, and other committees. She also played the piano weekly at the Manor Care Nursing Home.
Her other interests included annual family reunions and playing games with family, OU football, Thunder basketball, live music and drama productions, sewing, and traveling around the world.
Rowena's lineage includes 3 children, 10 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. Preceding her death were her husband Wilford, her parents, Lloyd and Nanetah Oerke, her brothers Edward and George and her sister Gladys. Survivors include her brothers Kenneth and Marvin; her children, daughter Patricia McLaughlin of Norman, OK, son and daughter-in-law Michael and Twila Jones of Rolla, MO, son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Linda Jones of Tulsa, OK; her grandchildren, Craig Traylor and wife Estella, Julie Drexler and husband Carl, Brian Jones and wife Leah, Kevin Jones and wife Danielle, John McLaughlin, Michelle Jones, Karen Jones, David Jones and wife Megan, Scott Jones, and Christine Jones; and her great grandchildren, Brinlee Jones, Aidan Jones, Craig Traylor, Vivian Traylor, Dodge Drexler, Carissa Jones, Hallie Jones, and Levi Jones.

She was respected and honored and was determined to accept and adjust to the disappointments of life with the help of the Lord. It was commonly said, "Rowena is a sweet lady."
Published on September 9, 2019


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