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Mary Catherine Jones passed away on May 29, 2023, one month before her 82nd birthday. Mary Kay was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, but moved south in 1966 after our father accepted a transfer to a brand new Western Electric Company plant “some place in Louisiana.” She is preceded in death by her mother, Louise Lindsay, her father, Thomas Lindsay, and her husband of 65 years, Charles Terry Jones, who has been patiently holding open the pearly gate doors since his passing ten months ago. The only way to bear this profound loss, in fact, is to imagine Papaw’s reunion with his sweetheart.
Mary Kay is survived by her brother John and five children and their spouses: Thomas Jones and wife, Marcy, Lisa Cardone and husband, Mark, Kevin Jones and wife, Katherine, Laura Hughes and husband, Carlton, and Amy Sarcar and husband, Manash. She is also survived by, and lived every moment for, her grandchildren: Christopher Cardone, Stephen Cardone, Garrett Holtsclaw, Ansley Rimmer, Ryan Kirk, Michelle Cardone, Rachel Adams, Kelsy Jones, Mary Catherine Wilbur, Meaghan Hughes, Emma Melson, Katie Samples, Isabel Sarcar, Amelia Sarcar, Nicholas Jones, and Ella Jones. Each one claims to be her favorite, and they all refer to their grandmother as “Kay Kay.” She has 12 great-grandchildren, at last count, whose visits provided the brightest moments during her final months.
Every day of her life, Kay Kay served the Lord, her babies, and mac-n-cheese. She was involved every week with church events, for many years as president of Sacred Heart’s Ladies Guild. Kay Kay worked in an assortment of professions, including early childhood coordinator, librarian, teacher, coach, and chauffeur, but never for a paycheck. She volunteered for any role or event that brought her closer to her kids, grandchildren, and our friends. She taught all of us early life lessons, such as how to haggle at garage sales, bait a hook, play Euchre, sew a button, and make a meal with the least amount of actual cooking. Kay Kay enjoyed yard work, gardening, and watching birds flock to her feeders.
More than anything else, Kay Kay loved to be together with family and friends. She looked forward to every LSU party, holiday event, and fish fry. Across three generations, she attended every single ball game, recital, and birthday party. She failed to show up for only two family gatherings in her entire life. The first was a Mother’s Day surprise in 2008, and still today none of her kids remember who was supposed to invite her. The second was this past Mother’s Day, when she had a stroke that led to her passing on Memorial Day. She was missed.
Our family would like to thank Garden Park staff, Dr. Timothy Talbert, and Dr. Paul “Corky” Davis for their love and care. A very special thanks to Joseph Jones, our most beloved uncle. Visitation is scheduled for Saturday June 10 from 10:00 – 11:30 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shreveport, followed by a funeral mass at 12:00. The family wishes to thank our cherished friends for so many years of love and pure joy. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4736 Lyba St, Shreveport, LA 71109, and the Western District Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 939 Jordan Street, Shreveport, LA 71101.