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Ellen Jones, Johnson City

Published October 25th, 2011 10:34 pm

Ellen Woodard Jones, 61, of Johnson City, TN, died on October 21, 2011.
Born June 8, 1950, to the late Maxwell and Margaret Woodard. She was born in Norfolk, VA. She was raised in Bacon’s Castle, VA. She moved with her family to several East Coast cities before returning to her home in Bacon’s Castle.
She later moved to Smithfield, VA, where she graduated from Smithfield High School in 1969. After graduation she attended Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, VA, where she majored in art.
Ellen was a friend to all. Her gentle spirit was quite infectious to all who met her. She truly enjoyed life and had a laugh that could entertain a roomful of strangers. She knew no stranger and offered all that she had to others. This selfless giving was exemplified in her donation of her organs to others. She was an avid animal lover and leaves behind several beloved cats.
She is survived by her husband, Wilson (Bucky) Jones Jr., of Johnson City TN; Her daughters, Kelly Jones Harris and husband, Brian, and Mary Ellen Jones, of Johnson City, TN. Also surviving are her brothers, Mike Woodard and his wife, Linda, and Brian Woodard, of Smithfield, VA; Her niece, Kathy Woodard Robinson and husband, Doug, of Smithfield, VA. As “Gammama,” a role she cherished, Ellen also leaves her loving granddaughter, Makinzi, of Johnson City TN.
At her request a private graveside service will be held at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Smithfield, VA. Friends are invited to celebrate her life at 245 Lane Crescent, Smithfield, VA, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on October 25, 2011.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Washington County/Johnson City Humane Society, PO Box 4090, Johnson City, TN 37602; or Isle of Wight County Humane Society, PO BOX 273, Smithfield, VA 23431.
Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, PO Box 236, Smithfield, VA, 23431; 757-357-2979;