Martha Jeannette (Vollrath) Jones, age 88, a longtime resident of Carrollton, OH, and recently of Katy, Texas, passed away Sunday evening, May 7, 2023, in her daughter’s home attended to by her daughters and family.
She was born on October 2, 1934 in Bucyrus, Ohio, the daughter of the late Leo George Vollrath and Gertrude Irene (Lare) Vollrath. Her husband, Lester E. Jones, whom she married November 14, 1953, passed away on June 28, 1994. In addition to her parents and husband she was proceeded in death by her brother Jack Bennet and a grandson Douglas A. Jones.
While raising a family of five on the small family farm, Martha worked at a few jobs in the Carrollton area, including several years as photographer and reporter for the Carrollton, Minerva, and New Philadelphia newspapers, and served as a long-time manager of the McCook House Civil War Museum in Carrollton. She was the first advisor for the Snoopy’s Friends 4-H Club in Carroll County. She volunteered many hours over the years with 4-H, Carroll County Board of DD, Community Hospice, and the activities of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Many area residents will remember her from her traveling suitcase museum that she took to local schools to share some of our Civil War history. Martha especially enjoyed dressing up and spending time with her Red Hat Society Feisty Ladies and her 1860s Ladies group.
Her sense of humor and always willing listening ear will be missed.
She is survived by two sons, Alan (Cheryl) Jones of Carrollton, OH and Wayne (Jessica) Jones of St Louis, MO., and three daughters, Diane K Vollrath of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Marsha (Quincy) Long of Richmond, Texas and Rebecca (Michael) Yee of Katy, Texas, a sister-in-law, Hellen Bennet of Findlay, Ohio, 11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held at the Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home in Sherrodsville, Ohio on Tuesday, May 16, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 17 at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, State Route 332 South, Carrollton, with Pastor Dixie Hendricks officiating. A short visitation will be observed prior to the service. Interment will immediately follow at the Westview Cemetery in Carrollton. A reception for family and friends is being planned by the church family that afternoon. Contributions in Martha's memory may be made to Community hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue S.W., New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. To leave an online condolence message, please visit the funeral home website.
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