Mary Lou Jones, 92, Osage City: Feb. 25, 1930 – Dec. 19, 2022 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Mary Lou Jones, 92, Osage City: Feb. 25, 1930 – Dec. 19, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Mary Lou Jones, 92, of Osage City, Kan., passed away early Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, at Emporia Presbyterian Manor, Emporia, Kan. She was born Feb. 25, 1930, in Osage City, the daughter of William and Opal Skidmore Bolyard.

Mary Lou attended Osage City High School and graduated with the class of 1949.

Mary Lou married the love of her life, Robert Edward Jones, on March 19, 1955, in Osage City. Their entire married lives were spent in Osage City, where Mary Lou mastered the art of being a mother, wife and homemaker. As time went on her skills were focused on the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

When Mary Lou and Bob began to experience short moments of free time, they loved to just take off and go somewhere for the day. They always made a point of returning home a different route just to get a different perspective.

Mary Lou will live on in the hearts and memories of her daughters, Bobbi Rieck and husband, Bill, of Ankeny, Iowa, and Mary Jane DeHerrera and husband, John, Topeka, Kan., and Connie Call and her husband, Jack, Emporia; sisters, Colleen Shirley, Osage City, Nat Persinger, Osage City, Janie Chesley, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Susie Carlson, Osage City, and Annie Williamson, Leavenworth, Kan.; brothers, Tom Bolyard, Topeka, and Billy Bolyard, Osage City; 14 grandchildren, Brian Koehler, Brad Koehler, John Rieck, Leah Rieck, Lauren Rieck, Danielle Biller, Luke Davies, John Don DeHerrera, Diane Vanderwater, Austin Jones, Tyler Jones, Mason Jones, Brooke Call and Baylee Call; 19 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family and a community of dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Bob, on July 29, 2011; a son, Ed Jones, on May 14, 2016; and two brothers, Micky Bolyard and Jimmy Bolyard.

The family invites friends and family to celebrate her life at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, Osage City. Burial will follow services in Osage City Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday, at the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, and sent to VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523.

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