Funeral service for Jo Ann Lauderdale Jones, 90, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. at 2 p.m. in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory, Ardmore, Oklahoma. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Jones died Nov. 2, 2017, of lymphoma in Tulsa, Okla.
Born June 7, 1927. in Tulsa, Okla., Mrs. Jones was reared by her grandparents, the Stephen Lee Taylors, in Wapanucka, Okla. During her professional life which spanned from 1950 – 1991 she was society editor and feature writer for The Daily Ardmoreite; Cancer Research librarian and Information Representative for the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation; executive director for the Ardmore Public Library and Public Affairs Director for CBS’s KXII-TV. During her eleven years with KXII she produced and hosted almost 3,000 shows.
It was during her tenure at Ardmore Public Library that the Eliza Cruce Hall doll museum was acquired.
She designed, wrote, and raised funds to produce the museum doll book which continues to underwrite expenses for the doll museum.
The author of numerous articles appearing in state and national publications, Mrs. Jones is listed in the 1982 edition of “The World Who’s Who of Women.”
She had been a member and president of the Oklahoma Special Libraries Association, American Libraries Association, President Johnson’s Council on Heart Disease Cancer and Stroke and was named to several offices in these organizations. She was the recipient of state and national awards in connection with her work.
She taught the Senior Girls Sunday School Class at the First Baptist church for several years. Her first Sunday school class teaching begin at age 12.
In August 1991, she married Melvin Lee Jones, LCDR, USN, Ret. and moved to Whidbey Island, Washington. The couple moved back to Ardmore, Okla., in 1997. Commander Jones died in July 1998.
Survivors include her three sons’ and their wives, W. Richard Lauderdale, CDR, USN, Ret, and Debbie, of Alexandria, Virginia, William H. Lauderdale and Mariann of Waco, Texas, and Jon Mark Lauderdale PA-C, HMCS, USN, Ret, and Ann, of Tulsa, Okla. Other survivors include six grandchildren, Christina and Laura Lauderdale of Alexandria, Virginia; Rebecca Hurt, of Austin, Texas, and Elizabeth Lauderdale of Topeka, Kansas; Benjamin Lauderdale of Boulder, CO and Lindsay Lauderdale, of Tampa, FL; and four step-daughters.
Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by a grandson, Richard Lee Lauderdale in 1987 and her half-brother, John Roy Richards.
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