Margie Ann Lyle Jones, (known by many as “Wee Tiny”, which much to her chagrin, followed her through life), formerly of Amarillo, Texas went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 4, 2012, at Polk Street United Methodist Church with Dr. Burt Palmer, pastor, officiating. Burial was private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
She was born March 15, 1919, in Shamrock, Texas to the late T.J. and Annie Hugh Norwood Lyle. Her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Norwood were pioneer ranchers of Wheeler and Collingsworth Counties. Mrs. Jones graduated from Shamrock High School in 1936. Upon completion of high school she attended Cottey College for Women in Nevada, Missouri, after which she entered the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. While there she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Ownooch Secret Society and a Bluebonnet Bell Nominee. While there, she met the love of her life, her future husband, E.K. Jones, a medical student at The University of Texas Medical Branch/Galveston, Texas. They were married June 14, 1940 (the day the Germans captured Paris in WWII). To this union one daughter, Janet Jones Burford, and one son, Dan Franklin Jones, were born. In December 1941, when Pearl Harbor was bombed and America was at war, Dr. Jones volunteered for service and was assigned to the 56th Evacuation Hospital in North Africa and Italy. During the war years Mrs. Jones and her then five-month old baby girl moved to Wellington, Texas.
After the war they resided in New Orleans in order for Dr. Jones to complete training in Internal Medicine and then returned to Wellington where he founded the Jones/Watkins Clinic. In 1955, they moved to Amarillo, Texas where both were active in civic and Church work. Mrs. Jones was a life member serving as secretary or president of the following organizations: The Potter Randall Medical Alliance, The Panhandle Heritage Society (founding member the first year the show “Texas” was presented in the amphitheater), The Triad Club Book Club, Zeta Tau Alpha Alumni, The Art Museum Alliance, The Amarillo Opera, The Amarillo Country Club, The Amarillo Little Theater, The Lone Star Ballet Guild and Polk Street United Methodist Church and Susanna Wesley Sunday School Class.
In the early 1970’s when Dr. Jones retired, they built a home in Horseshoe Bay, living there six months out of the year. During those years she belonged to the Horseshoe Bay Country Club, becoming involved in all aspects of women’s golf. She also formed a ladies Bible study group beginning with seven ladies and growing to over twenty-five members. She also helped form the Horseshoe Bay Book Club. Although she took much pride in all of these accomplishments, she once told a friend that nothing gave her more pleasure since the demise of her husband and children than the scholarships donated yearly in their honor. -Dr. E.K. Jones Permanent Endowment Internal Medicine awarded to an outstanding graduate to practice internal medicine in Amarillo or any of the twenty-six panhandle counties – Dan Franklin Jones Memorial Scholarship Animal Science (Graduate School Major) Feed Lot Management Texas A&M University – Janet Jones Burford Breast Cancer Research Texas Tech University Medical School.
Mrs. Jones was predeceased by her parents, Mr. T.J. and Annie Hugh Norwood Lyle. Her husband of forty-seven years, Dr. E.K. Jones, her daughter, Janet Jones Burford, her son Dan Franklin Jones, her sister Mary Kay Wintringham, and her two brothers, Norwood Lyle and Hugh T. Lyle.
She leaves to cherish her memories three beautiful granddaughters along with their spouses whom she loved dearly; Melissa Bernard and her husband Brett Bernard, Ashley Smith and her husband Stacy Smith, Blaire Sherer and her husband Scott Sherer. “Nana” had eleven great grandchildren, each of whom brought a special smile to her face. Sarah Bernard, Blake Bernard, Luke Bernard, Charlotte Bernard, Sammy Smith, Morgan Smith, Ben Smith, Billy Smith, Henry Sherer, David Sherer, and Janet Sherer. She also leaves behind a host of other special relatives and friends. Her granddaughters and her great-grandchildren will miss their Nana, but will celebrate her legacy and a beautiful life well-lived.
Mrs. Jones’ family would also like to extend a very special thank you to the three caregivers who have taken care of our Nana for nearly 10 years – Elaine Williams, Maxine Brooks and Sharon Brooks. All of our lives have been deeply touched and made better due to the love and care these amazing women have showered on Nana. Thank you all.
Donations may be made to Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 South Polk St., Amarillo, TX 79101; or charities of your choice.