Lois Jones

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Lois Elaine Jones, nee Fox, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Cedarhurst of Shiloh.  Born April 14, 1928, in Rochester, MN to Dr. Ben Fox and Leotibelle Osmer Fox, she was the oldest of three children.

Growing up in Southern Illinois, Lois graduated from Carbondale Community High School where she met her husband Carl in the ninth grade, eventually marrying in 1950.  She worked as a laboratory technologist at City Hospital in St. Louis, returned to college, and graduated in 1968 from SIU Carbondale with a degree in Education.  For thirty years she taught at William Holliday School, mentoring new teachers and students during her tenure. Lois was a member of Christ Church, P.E.O. Chapter GM, and Thursday Literary Guild.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Carl who died March 31, 2020; her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Richard O. Fox and Betty; sister and brother-in-law, Judy Smith and Dean; in laws, R. Paul and Bessie Jones; and sister-in-law and husband, Dorothy McCormack and Bob.

She is survived by her son, Evan Jones; daughter, Karen Jones Sargent (Chris); granddaughter, Erin Lusk (Taylor); grandson, Taylor Sargent (Kay); great-granddaughter, Holland Fox Lusk; great-grandson, Dashiell Jones Sargent; many nieces; nephews; and lifelong friends.

The family would like to thank the staff of Cedarhurst for the loving kindness they offered Lois while she was a resident.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials for Lois and Carl be made to Christ Philippine Mission, mailed to 809 Old Dominion Court, Fairview Heights, IL 62208, or mailed to Renner Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Celebration of Life will be held for both Lois and Carl, who passed away during the Covid Pandemic, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

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8 Comments on Lois Jones

Kevin Fox said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM

My father, (her brother Richard Fox) and I always loved making my Aunt Lois laugh. She was a really remarkable woman who was beloved by so many of her students. Often when when I had dinner with Lois and Carl in Belleville I was amazed when one of them would come up to her and thank her and tell us that she was one of their favorite teachers. She was very special to anyone lucky enough to know her.

  • Marion
  • Illinois
Rita Whitcomb said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2021 at 11:38 AM

It is truly difficult to lose a dear friend. Through the years we shared many hours together as we pursued our retirement years. It was always a joyous get together with other friends as we had so much in common. Life was always better with our dear Lois.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Il
Madonna Koch said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2021 at 4:51 PM

Carl and Lois were two of the greatest people I had the privilege to know. So many memories with Carl in class and Selling Real Estate. Always in my prayers

  • O’Fallon
  • I’ll.
Ethel Shanklin said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2021 at 1:54 PM

I was saddened to learn of Carl's passing on this year. I will always remember the enthusiasm he shared while teaching real estate classes at Strano. He is sadly missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Catherine Courtney said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2021 at 7:11 AM

Mrs. Jones was my kindergarten teacher in 1968. I was four and she was wonderful. I am so very sorry for your loss and truly blessed to have had her as my first teacher.

  • Jacksonville
  • Illinois
Paulette Schafer (daughter of Zelda Mae Woitzel) said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2021 at 1:35 PM

Dear Karen and Family, I am so sorry I will be out of town next week and will be unable to attend the life celebration for Lois & Carl. I had the great opportunity to meet Lois at Cedarhurst and was so sad to hear of her death. What a fun lady! I know she will will be greatly missed. Sending sympathy and prayers for peace.

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Sally Barnes said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2021 at 11:55 AM

Aunt Lois naturally had a positive outlook on life. She had a laugh that I loved and lifted the spirits of everyone around her. She will always hold a deep, loving place in my heart.

  • Columbus
  • OH-Ohio
Lea Doyel said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2021 at 11:36 AM

My Aunt Lois was as much a Mom as myown Mom. Our families lived close, and often the two families stayed together at my grandparents home. My favorite memory is at bedtime. Baths first and she meant clean! Then bedtime stories, we always wanted to her about "the olden days" which were stories about her and my Mom and Uncle Dick as they were growing up. It was the best! Later in life, she was always there for us as a family and we loved sharing time with her and my Uncle Carl whenever we could. That meant Ted Drew's, holidays, Cardinal Baseball games, and the 4th of July. She has left an indelible place in my heart and I hope I can be the person she was to our family. She and Carl always made me feel as if I was important to them and I find we all need that. How I will miss her.

  • Chesterfield
  • Missouri

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