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In Loving Memory

Cecelia Inez Ogle Jones

October 17, 1934 – June 7, 2020

Cecelia Inez Ogle Jones passed away peacefully on June 7, 2020.

Born on October 17th, 1934 in a ranch house near the town of Hyannis in the Sand Hills of Nebraska, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Norbon F. (Buddy) Jones, Jr., married 55 years, her brother, David C. Ogle, and her parents, Clay Bement Ogle and Nedra Vance Ogle.

Cecelia is survived by her four children, Virginia Donnelly, Clay, Max and Ross Jones, daughter-in-laws Cindy, Sharon, Dixie and Christy, seventeen (17) grandchildren, Susie, Mandy, Becky, Brannon, Alex, Andy, Natalie, Jessica, Jenna, Michelle, Blaire, Neil, Sydney, Chance, Trent, Audrey, and Brooke and thirteen (13) great-grandchildren, Samantha, Kyle, Zachary, Colton, Raylea, Mackenzie, Connor, Arden, Emilia, Avery, Gavin, Madelyn and Eli.

At age three, she moved from Hyannis, Nebraska to Old Ocean, Texas with her parents and brother to live on the W. Sears Ranch between SH 35 and Black's Ferry Road. She graduated Valedictorian from Sweeny High School in 1952 and attended Wharton Junior College before marrying the love of her life, Norbon "Buddy" Jones, whom she met on a blind date. Cecelia and Buddy were married on June 7th, 1953 and both were whisked off to the U.K. where Buddy was serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

While in school in Sweeny, Cecelia took on a love of dancing, and at the age of fourteen had her own dance studio, teaching dancing to others. This began a long part-time career as a dance instructor, holding dance classes for tap, jazz and ballet in Newgulf, Sweeny, West Columbia and later, Alvin, Texas. Many came to know Cecelia through her dance classes and Spring dance recitals.

Cecelia began her second career after completing her college education earning a B.S. from the University of Houston in 1972 and later a Master's in Education in 1980. She taught several grade levels while at Mark Twain Elementary in Alvin ISD along with her passion, music appreciation, from 1972 until retirement in 1992. While at Mark Twain she was twice named Teacher of the Year and served in many volunteer roles on behalf of teachers, including delegate to the National Convention of the NEA.

Cecelia believed strongly in giving back to others through service, and demonstrated this commitment through participation in various organizations including 8/40, Rainbow Girls, past President of American Legion Auxiliary, Post 129 in Alvin, American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas Music Director, Director of Brazoria County Fair Queen Contest and Talent Show, Alvin Retired Teachers Association, Texas Bluebonnet Girls State Chairman Post 129, and Girls Nation.  She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and a Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church Alvin. Her love of music and teaching was instilled in her grandchildren, with many becoming accomplished musicians and teachers thanks to "Granny's" positive influence. Some are old enough to remember Granny participating in her mother Nedra's beloved Sweeny Kitchen Band and as director of the Bell Choir at FUMC Alvin.

Upon retirement Cecelia began a third career looking after her husband Buddy, traveling and doting on her grandchildren and later, great-grandchildren. It was during this period that Cecelia actually had time to become a great cook (comment from her kids!) since her first two careers had her rushing madly around to meet schedules, leaving little time to prepare meals. Hence her cooking had a reputation of being a little on the "crispy" side!

A graveside funeral will be held on June 11th, 2020 at 2pm at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Wharton, Texas. The family invites all who knew Cecelia and wish to attend. Please be aware that facemasks should be worn along with practicing social distancing while at the cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers should be sent to First United Methodist Church Alvin, the American Legion Auxiliary Alvin Post 129 or Friends of Girls State.

The family wishes for Cecelia's family, friends, and students to remember her smile, dedication and love of teaching music and dance to so many people throughout her life. We were all wonderfully blessed to have known and experienced her love for others.

Condolences may be sent to the Jones family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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19 thoughts on “Cecelia Inez Ogle Jones”

  1. Virginia, Blaire & Jenna – so sorry to hear of your Mom/Granny's passing. She was such a sweet lady. She always had a smile on her face and encouraging words to share. I do not think I ever heard her say a negative word about anything. She could always find that positive note. May she rest in peace.

  2. Denise Jackson Baker

    What an amazing woman, wife & mother, and she obviously left her mark on her children, including you, Clay! My sincerest condolences to your family at such a sad time.

    Most sincerely,
    Denise Jackson Baker

  3. Sweet Virginia and family….
    I so wish that I could have seen Mrs. Jones before her passing…
    She was the definition of a LADY!
    I was blessed to have Virginia as my best friend, and if you know the family….well, you become one of their kids….always something going on at their home.
    Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Matula put my small wedding together 47 years ago…she was my dance teacher, and mentor when my first boyfriend broke up with me.
    She was 1 of a kind…..

  4. Clayton Roberts

    My heart goes out to Virginia,Clay,Max& Ross. Mrs. Jones was a very kind lady to all of us.The Jones family were great neighbors for over 50 yrs. in Oak Bend.I am so sorry for your loss. I'm so glad of the great relationship our parents had as neighbors. Your Mom will be sorely missed.

  5. A wonderful neighbor will miss her driving by always waved with such a big smile. May God be with your your family.

  6. I'm remembering her gentle musical voice as she would tell one of the many wonderful stories she has shared with me over the years. What glorious conversations we have had over the years. Cece was an outstanding member of our family…..a family made better by her presence. I will miss her…..sending love and HUGS to all of you from cousin Bob in the Green Mountains of Vermont

  7. Doris Günther

    My sincere condolences to everyone of the entire Jones family. I feel deeply honored that I got the chance to meet that wonderful, warmhearted lady ! Becoming friends and becoming like family is a heavenly gift. May she and her husband rest in peace!

    Doris from Germany

  8. Cecelia was a special lady and fellow educator. She always had a smile and kind words.
    When she was in a retirement facility, a group of us would go visit her. She had a sharp mind and could discuss anything with us.
    We loved visiting with her and will miss her.

  9. Deborah Saulsberry

    Such a sweet, kind and loving lady. So sorry for the loss of your mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and friend. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves
    a memory no one can steal." I pray for God to comfort each of you and that peace may come to all. Y'all will continue to be in my thoughts.
    Deborah (your cousin)

  10. Margaret J Lam

    Dear Jones Family Cousins:
    It is my wish that the service at 2 p.m. today is full of blessings and joy as you remember Cecelia in the midst of your sadness. I have a new appreciation for her many gifts after reading her tribute. She was dynamic in person and leaves a dynamic legacy. May you find God's continuous comfort, peace and love in the days ahead.
    From my heart with love,
    Margaret (Jeanie Jones) Lam

    1. Kathy Collins

      Clay and Virginia my prayers are with yall and the entire family. Your Mom was a lady. She certainly knew how to raise wonderful children. Clay and Virginia, you are shining examples of her job as a Mother.

  11. My sincere condolences and prayers are with the family at this time. I was blessed to have Mrs Jones as a teacher, loved her to much! Heaven has an Angel!

  12. Kathy Oehlert

    So sorry for your loss, we loved your mother, always so sweet, I loved visiting with her when she came into the beauty shop!
    Hugs to you all. Kathy Oehlert

  13. Janie Whitaker

    Mrs. Jones taught both of my children at Mark Twain Elementary in Alvin, Texas. She was so enthusiastic and happy around the children that she taught music to. I always admired her for that. After my children grew up, I would see her around town at some function or at the beauty shop and we would chat a bit and she would often tell me who my children were after I told her my name. She was an awesome lady!

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