Doris Elaine Jones was born just outside St. Joseph, Missouri on March 12, 1927 to Arthur L. and Maude Kelsey. After an active and full 91 years she slipped away on Tuesday May 22, 2018 surrounded by her family.
After graduating from Helena High school she worked for the Cherry Smash Candy Company in St. Joseph before meeting and marrying Thomas E. Jones of Alexandria, Virginia, who was stationed there with the army.
After discharge the couple moved to Annandale, Virginia and then Arcola, Virginia where she raised their two children Tommy Lee and Karen Sue before moving to Warrenton in 1965 where she resided at her time of passing.
She worked for over 29 years for the Grand Union Grocery chain retiring when they closed the areas stores but retiring was not her style.
She loved all horse sports, and worked her schedule to accommodate traveling to horse shows that the family was competing in and always using those trips as learning experiences for the kids and an opportunity for her to learn about her adopted home state.
Slack times at the horse shows in the Shenandoah Valley meant trips to civil war battlefields, historic houses and the many caverns that lay along the Blue Ridge. If near the shore we were going to the beach, she loved the beach.
When the family business changed to flat racing, steeplechasing and foxhunting she split her time between Charlestown, Maryland, Delaware and the race courses around Virginia. Her pre-Christmas hunt breakfast was an important date on the Casanova calendar. She managed to squeeze in time for several trips with her friend Perney Callahan to Europe as chaperones for Perney’s students as well as several cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean.
She was a demon on the lawnmower, worked her flower beds and loved her swimming pool, churned ice cream, made the best bread and butter pickles and always had her magic tapioca pudding whenever anyone was feeling low.
She ran the general admission gate at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show for over 25 years and was the beer lady for the Fauquier S.P.C.A. at the Warrenton Horse Show for nearly as long before stepping away from both last year. She was always ready for a card game, bingo or a quick trip to play the slots.
She is survived by her brother Bill Kelsey and wife Delores of St. Louis, MO, son Tommy Lee Jones, his wife Diane, Casanova, daughter Karen Sue Settle and husband Gary, Locust Grove. Grandchildren Jason Jones, Beth Kearns, Teresa Hitt, and Michelle MacArthur, four great-grand children and three great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and many, many dear friends.
There will be a memorial later this summer. In lieu of flowers please send remembrances to Fauquier S.P.C.A. (FauquierSPCA.com) or the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund (pdjf.org).
A celebration of her life will be held sometime this summer.
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