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Frances Nell Guenther Jones

KSAL StaffFebruary 26, 2019

Frances Nell Guenther Jones, 94, of Salina, went to be with the Lord February 21, 2019. She was born August 18, 1924 in Little Rock, AR to William Guenther and Nell Douglas Guenther, the second of two children.

Frances attended the University of Illinois to study accounting. There she met Art Jones at the Baptist Student Union. They married in North Little Rock, on January 12, 1952, and established their home in Chicago, IL. During their 64 years of marriage, Art and Frances lived primarily in the Chicago area, as well as in Poughkeepsie, NY. In the fall of 2008, Frances and Art moved to Salina, KS to be closer to their daughter Susan and her family.

Frances lived out her faith in Christ through her marriage, as a mother and grandmother, and as a neighbor and friend. Her relationship with Art grew over the years as they established their home, raised a daughter and three sons, and “did life together.” They were best friends. Frances knew each of her children well; and, she loved them well. She was there to support and encourage, right up to the last day of her life. Pictures of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were not hung to simply decorate a wall. They were a daily reminder to pray for each one. Frances commented that she did not want to become a grumpy old person. She chose instead to give thanks for each day, rejoice in her Lord, and treat others as unique individuals, with courtesy and respect. Frances finished life well…an example to us all.

Frances is preceded in death by her husband, Art; parents, William and Nell, brother, William Guenther; and granddaughter, Lauren Jones. Survivors include daughter, Susan (Larry) Kejr of Salina; son, Art (Linda) of Chicago, IL; son, Bill (Laurie) of Woodland Park, CO; son, Larry (Jill) of Madison, WI; twelve grandchildren; and, nineteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on March 2 at First Southern Baptist Church. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be given to Woodland Bible Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Florissant, CO 80816.

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