Juanita Viola Reynolds Jones, age 92, of Worthington went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, passing away at Riverside Methodist Hospital. She was a lifelong member of St. John AME Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Harold B. Jones. She is survived by sons, Dennis (Sonyan), and Paul (Ruth) Jones; daughters, Barbara McCauley, Susan (Bishop Jeffrey) Leath, and Karen (Carleton) Coleman; and a host of grand and great grandchildren.
Her life was closely tied to her family through love and instruction; to her community through membership and leadership; and to her church through her love of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom there is no death.
Serving in the community, Juanita was a member of the Parent Teacher Association, one year as vice president and the next as president. She also served a term of two years for the Franklin County Children’s Mental Health Board, 3 years as Den Mother for the Boy Scouts and as a member of the Worthington Human Relations Council.
Serving in the church, Juanita taught Sunday school at St. John, and served as Sunday school superintendent from 1965 to 1968. She also served as recording secretary for the Women’s Missionary Society, receiving the First Annual St. John’s Award for service to church, community and brotherhood on February 13, 1972.
In 1982 she was elected President of St. John’s WMS, holding the office for several years. She also served as area chairperson of the Handy Simmons Scholarship Committee. In 2005, members of the WMS unanimously voted to rename the society the “Juanita R. Jones Women’s Missionary Society of St. John’s AME Church, Worthington, Ohio.” And, in 2009 she received special recognition as Sensational Sister of the Women’s Missionary Society. On the frame of her photo associated with that award, are the words: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”, Joshua 24:15.
Her children join in expression of deep gratitude and love for both Juanita and Harold as remarkable, loving parents through whom each of the children share many wonderful memories.