Jones, Ellen Edmondson
a dynamic leader and much appreciated by cultural organizations in Saint-Louis for many years, passed away on September 17 at the age of 103. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Born in Georgia in 1918, Ellen has survived two world wars, two pandemics and three sons. Yet she always combined southern charm with good humor and high character. She was President of the Council of Friends of the St. Louis Art Museum (1977-78), President of the Membership Council of the Missouri Botanical Garden (1972-74), and President of the Garden Club of St. Louis (1979-81). She has also served on the board of directors of the Junior League of St. Louis, the St. Louis Mercantile Library, the Missouri Society of Colonial Dames, the National Society of Arts and Letters, the St. Louis Art Museum. and Tower Grove Park. In addition, she served as Regent of Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason in Virginia, and volunteered for the Residence Freedom Committee of Greater St. Louis. In 1976, she received a St. Louis Women of Achievement Award for her many accomplishments.
Ellen’s father, Charles Edmondson, worked in a cotton mill in Lindale, Georgia. For the holidays, her family decorated the Christmas trees with cotton balls. She graduated in 1935 from Cooper Hall, a high school for girls in Rome, Georgia, where she was president of the student body. In 1939, she graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, where she served as chair of the college’s sorority council. In 1941, she married Landon Y. Jones Sr. of St. Louis, who served as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II and later became CFO of the then Pet Milk Company. He died before her in 1997.
Ellen is survived by her three sons, Landon Y. Jones Jr., Charles E. Jones and Byron W. Jones; their respective wives Sarah Jones, Carol Ann Jones and Julie Morrison; grandchildren Rebecca Urciuoli (Christian), Landon Y. Jones III (Beth Vaccaro), Cassie Jones (Mark Wethli), Cory Schauer (Matthew), Julia Northover (Paul) and Galen Jones. His eleven great-grandchildren are: Jane and Nina Urciuoli, Luke and Adam Jones, Wren and Reed Wethli, Chase and Will Schauer, and Jack, Ella and Hunter Northover.
She was a faithful parishioner of Saint-Pierre de Ladue church. In recent years, she has been particularly devoted to her caregivers at McKnight Place Extended Care.
With her intelligence and self-deprecating humor, Ellen was truly loved. She treated everyone with love and compassion, regardless of their position in life.
As a summer student employee in a catering company later wrote to her family: âYour mother was then and still is, in my memory, the nicest, most cordial and person-centered person to which I have never worked on. Your mother would always get away with it. a point to talk to us individually when setting up our party. She would like to know about our family, how we were doing, how school was going. And then during the party, she would always ask if everything was okay and what she could do to help. To this day, the only person I really remember when I remember those summers is your mom. “
Services: The family will hold a memorial service later in St. Louis. Memorial donations can be sent in his honor to the St. Louis Art Museum or the Missouri Botanical Garden.
THE LUPTON CHAPEL
Posted by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on September 19, 2021.