HEDRICK — Shirley Raye Clingman Jones died June 11, 2014.
She was born June 18, 1941. Shirley Jones was a dedicated wife and mother. Shirley adored music, and family and friends loved hearing her play the piano. She was also a fantastic cook and taught all her grandchildren how to continue the tradition of family favorites. Shirley combined her love of family and genealogy by compiling family histories and creating amazing memory books for each of her seven grandchildren (as well as a book commemorating her 50th Hedrick High School class reunion). As a legacy to her three daughters, Shirley wrote a book for each one, detailing their growing-up years and the nurturing relationship between mom and daughter.
Shirley enjoyed a career in medical administration at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Illinois and at Thomas Davis Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. She and Gary owned and operated two pharmacies over the years, one in Crestline, California, and the Ottumwa Clinic Pharmacy in Ottumwa. Shirley’s most recent adventure was as a real estate associate at Bridge City Realty of Ottumwa, where she loved working with her brother Jim and their two sisters, Donna and Jo.
She was the oldest of six children and is survived by her parents, Merle Arthur and Mary Faye Harter Clingman. She grew up with five siblings in Hedrick: Lynn and Jim Clingman (Judy), Donna Webb, Joan Jacobs, all of Ottumwa, and Jean Mote (Eric) of Cedar Rapids. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Allen Jones (Luanne) of Batavia. She was preceded in death by sisters-in-law, Helen Jones Ball and Linda Kapp Clingman; brothers-in-law, Tom Webb and Vern Ball; and her in-laws Ralph E. and Floy L Jones of Hedrick.
Also surviving are her immediate family, Gary Jones, husband of 52 years, Tucson, Arizona; and three daughters, Kelli and Grant Gardner (grandchildren Caitlyn, Miranda Raye and Gabriel) of Chandler, Arizona, Amy and Gary Grizzle (grandchildren Jake and Kelsey Raye) of Tucson, Arizona, and Whitney and Doug Messerschmitt (grandchildren Shelby Raye and Darby) of Winterset.