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MARION JONES AVERITT
June 17, 1920 ~ July 7, 2014
"A mother and friend who brought warmth and happiness
to everyone everywhere she went."
Marion was of Welsh descent, her father; John BT Jones immigrated to America at the age of eight and began working as a courier in the coal mines of eastern Pennsylvania. He married the love of his life Bertha F. Jones. Together they had a son, Douglas and soon after a daughter they named, Marion.
Marion's great athleticism, wonderful sense of humor, warmth and charm mixed with exceptional intelligence began to show itself while attending Forty-Fort High School in Pennsylvania. She was a gymnast, cheerleader, social director, and an academic honor's student. She was a five foot tall ball of fire.
Her college dream was to go to Penn State University but her father would have nothing to do with his good Baptist daughter attending a co-ed school. Marion and her father agreed on her attending Skidmore College in upstate New York.
While there, she maintained an A average and graduated with honors in English Literature. During her college career at Skidmore her extracurricular activities included head and key member of the Skidmore debate club, Yearbook Chairman, co-editor of the class paper, as well as social director and dance coordinator. She loved to dance and sing. Singing was her forte. Perhaps it was her way of giving thanks. Regardless it was beautiful and it came from the heart.
She met her husband, Robert while attending a formal dinner at Skidmore. Both Bob and Marion had dates. Marion was seated by chance next Bob. Marion's napkin just happened to keep sliding off her lap. Like the true gentleman he was, Bob kept picking it up for her. Later that week Bob was able to get Marion's phone number, they dated, and were happily married July 25, 1942 at the First Baptist Church in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania; a marriage which lasted 56 years. This story was always told with a big grin on their faces and a twinkle in their eyes.
Marion's great loves were poetry; both reading and writing, golf, swimming, entertaining, singing, travel, bridge, volunteering, and most of all her family; Marjorie her daughter and Richard her son.
Marion's personality and business skills led her to the president's chair of golf clubs and bridge clubs across the country. Moving was something she enjoyed and often kidded that when the window drapery gets a little dirty it's time to move. So move they did until retirement in Tucson, Arizona.
In 2004, several years after Bob's death, Marion wanted to be closer to her children and made her final move from Tucson, Arizona to Vancouver, Washington.
When Marion greeted you, it was always with a smile so bright it would light up a room. Her eyes would twinkle and her "hello" put everyone at ease. Each person she met was someone special to her as she was special to all those who met her.
Marion Jones Averitt passed away this July after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She is at peace now with her parents, John and Bertha; her husband of 56 years, Robert "Bob" A. Averitt; her brother, Douglas Jones; and many of her longtime wonderful and dearly remembered friends.
Marion lived to the standard: if you want to be loved you must first give your love. Treat everyone you meet with respect, dignity, honesty, and a smile (a song doesn't hurt either). Losing her made the world a little sadder: Remembering her will put a smile on your face, a glow in your heart, and a guardian angel on your shoulder.
In lieu of flowers, Marion would wish for donations to be made to the
in honor of her.
The Averitt family wishes to thank all the wonderful staff, caregivers, and nurses at The Hampton Community for their dedication and support during Marion's stay.
We also thank the Hospice Southwest staff for helping make Marion's final days as comfortable for her as possible. Thank you.
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Published in The Columbian on July 21, 2014