Ferne Jones, 93 of Jackson, Minnesota, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Society in Jackson. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, with Father Jonathan Fasnacht officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to mass, at the church. Burial will take place at the Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery in Jackson, following the funeral mass.
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Ferne Phyllis (McIalwain) Jones, daughter of Ray and Alma (Schneekloth) McIalwain, was born on Wednesday, November 02, 1927, in Jackson, Minnesota. Ferne was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist church in Jackson. She attended and graduated from Jackson High School in 1945. Ferne then attended college in Minneapolis for secretarial training for one year, before moving back to Jackson. Ferne was united in marriage to Paul H. Jones on January 20, 1947 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. They were blessed with one son Paul. Paul and Ferne lived on the farm, where Ferne helped her husband with all of the farm chores, and was the perfect farm wife and mother taking care of her family. Ferne converted to the Catholic Faith in 1947. She was a current member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jackson. Ferne was very active in the church, where she served 50 plus years as organist, was a member of the choir, taught Sunday school, and RCIA classes. She was also on many Diocesan Counsels and was a recipient of the Bishop’s Medal. Ferne was active in the community theater, served on the Jackson County library board, and was involved with the AFS exchange program for many years. In 2014, Paul H. and Ferne moved from the family farm into the Pines. In 2015, they moved into the Good Samaritan, where Ferne entered into eternal rest, on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at the age of 93 years, 1 month and 8 days.
Ferne was a lady of many talents. She had a passion for music, and enjoyed teaching others to play piano, and going to the local nursing homes to play piano for the residents. Ferne also had a green thumb and was known for her large garden. In her down time, Ferne liked to knit, and created many gorgeous sweaters for her family. Ferne and Paul were huge supporters of the Okoboji Summer Theatre, attending as many shows as they could. Ferne loved traveling with her family. They spent much time on the road, touring the continental United States, Hawaii and also Australia and New Zealand. Ferne has left a lifetime of memories for her family, and friends to cherish.
Ferne is survived by her son Paul (Lori Grote) Jones of Jackson, Minnesota, and a sister Jeanne (Harry) Nelson of Keno, Oregon, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Ferne is preceded in death by her parents Ray and Alma, her husband of 70 years Paul H, and an older sister Hertha.
Blessed be the memory of Ferne Phyllis Jones.
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