Mary Kathryn ‘Mary K.’ Jones, 93, Melvern: Sept. 7, 1930 – May 8, 2024 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Mary Kathryn ‘Mary K.’ Jones, 93, Melvern: Sept. 7, 1930 – May 8, 2024

MELVERN, Kan. – Mary Kathryn “Mary K.” Jones was born Sept. 7, 1930, in Fairfield, Iowa, one of five children born to Jesse Dale and Kathryn May (Ryan) Green. Even though she was born in Iowa, she grew up on the family farm three miles east of Melvern, Kan., on the “River Road”. She departed this life on May 8, 2024, in Osage City, Kan., at the age of 93 years, eight months, and one day.

She attended the Rock Creek one-room schoolhouse east of Melvern before transferring to Melvern Schools, where she graduated in 1948. While attending school at Melvern, she was a classmate of her future husband, although they didn’t date until after graduation. On Aug. 10, 1951, she married Bill F. Jones, in Garnett, Kan. They enjoyed more than 63 years together, raising two children, Kathryn “Kathy” and William “Butch”. Bill passed away Aug. 12, 2013.

Mary K. attended Kansas State Teachers College, at Emporia, Kan., where she earned a teaching certificate. She taught for one year in Valley School, a one-room schoolhouse three miles west of Melvern, then a second grade classroom at Melvern Schools for two years.

After her marriage to Bill, he was drafted and she went to work in the offices at Santa Fe Railroad, in Topeka, Kan., until he was discharged. They then purchased and made plans to move to their family farm southeast of Melvern, where she was a homemaker and helped on the farm.

After her children graduated from high school, she sold Avon around the Melvern community, where she loved to get out and visit with her customers. She lived on the same farm until 2018, when health issues necessitated a move to Vintage Park Assisted Living. Mary K. loved living on the farm and helping Bill farm the land and raise cattle, and especially driving tractors and grain trucks.

Mary K. was a member of the Melvern Methodist Church, served as an election worker, helped with the American Legion Auxiliary, and was a member of Tequa Aid Auxiliary and Booth Grange. She enjoyed playing Canasta and eating lunch on Wednesdays with her friends at Melvern. Weekly coffee gatherings were delightful for her as well. Honestly, Mary K. loved her Melvern community.

Mary K. and Bill loved sports and followed their children and grandchildren to numerous sporting activities – grade school, high school, and college. They also watched many college and pro sports on TV.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; brother, Dale Green and his wife, Jane; sister, Juliette Burnett and her husband, Grover; Margaret Patterson and her husband, Otis; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Litch.

Survivors include her sister, Phyllis “Pat” Litch, Melvern; two children, Kathryn “Kathy” (Neil) Mickelson, Lyndon, Kan., and William “Butch” (Sonya) Jones, Melvern; seven grandchildren, Rett (Gloria) Mickelson, Heartland, Texas, Dusty (April) Mickelson, Warr Acres, Okla., Chris (Erica) Mickelson, Lyndon, Scott (Jessica) Jones, Melvern, Blake Jones, Melvern, Deidra (Tanner) Jessup, Gas, Kan., and Matt Jones, Little Elm, Texas; and 15 great-grandchildren, Dmitri, Feliks, and Milo Mickelson, Henry and Quinn Mickelson, Mae and Marti Mickelson, Dex, Collins, Lincoln Jones, Audrey, Brogan, and Kendall Jones, Wiley and Mesa Rae Jessup.

Visitation will be 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Feltner Funeral Home, in Lyndon. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Melvern Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Melvern Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Melvern Community Center, Melvern Methodist Church, or the Vintage Park activity fund, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Vintage Park of Osage City for all the love, care, and support they provided our mother/grandmother. It was obvious the staff and residents loved her very much and her life was enriched.

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