Doris Elaine Jones was born just outside St. Joseph, Missouri, on March 12, 1927, to Arthur L. and Maude Kelsey. After an active and full 91 years she slipped away on Tuesday May 22, 2018, surrounded by her family.
After graduating from Helena High school she worked for the Cherry Smash Candy Company in St. Joseph before meeting and marrying Thomas E. Jones of Alexandria, who was stationed there with the Army.
After discharge the couple moved to Annandale and then Arcola, where she raised their two children, Tommy Lee and Karen Sue, before moving in 1965 to Warrenton, where she resided at her time of passing.
She worked for more than 29 years for the Grand Union Grocery chain retiring when it closed the areas stores, but retiring was not her style.
She loved all horse sports, and worked her schedule to accommodate traveling to horse shows that the family was competing in and always using those trips as learning experiences for the kids and an opportunity for her to learn about her adopted home state.
Slack times at the horse shows in the Shenandoah Valley meant trips to Civil War battlefields, historic houses and the many caverns that lay along the Blue Ridge. If near the shore, we were going to the beach; she loved the beach.
When the family business changed to flat racing, steeplechasing and foxhunting, she split her time between Charles Town, Maryland, Delaware and the race courses around Virginia. Her pre-Christmas hunt breakfast was an important date on the Casanova calendar. She managed to squeeze in time for several trips with her friend Perney Callahan to Europe as chaperones for Perney’s students as well as several cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean.
She was a demon on the lawnmower, worked her flower beds and loved her swimming pool, churned ice cream, made the best bread and butter pickles and always had her magic tapioca pudding whenever anyone was feeling low.
She ran the general admission gate at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show for more than 25 years and was the beer lady for the Fauquier S.P.C.A. at the Warrenton Horse Show for nearly as long before stepping away from both last year. She was always ready for a card game, Bingo or a quick trip to play the slots.
She is survived by her brother, Bill Kelsey and wife Delores of St. Louis, Missouri; her son, Tommy Lee Jones and his wife Diane of Casanova; her daughter, Karen Sue Settle and husband Gary of Locust Grove; her grandchildren, Jason Jones, Beth Kearns, Teresa Hitt; and Michelle MacArthur; four great-grand children; three great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and many, many dear friends.
A celebration of her life will be held sometime this summer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fauquier S.P.C.A.
or the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund