Betty Jean Jones June 23, 1928-Sept. 29, 2017

Betty Jean Jones

     Betty Jean Jones, 89, of Monticello, Iowa, passed away at her home on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. She was born on June 23, 1928, the daughter of Vern William and Martha Isabelle (Hines) Cornwell.

     On Feb. 26, 1944, Betty was united in marriage to Ross Oliver Jones. Together they farmed in the Oneida area for 18 years where they raised their six children. Ross passed away on April 26, 1962. Betty then attended Paris Beauty Academy in Cedar Rapids and operated her own hair salon, Haircraft Beauty Salon in Manchester. She married Jerry Turner on Aug. 24, 1968. They later divorced.

     Survivors include her six children, Elizabeth Briggman of Hiawatha, Margaret (Ken) Breckenfelder and Mary (Roger) Wade all of Manchester, Robin (Georgia) Jones of Edgewood, Juanita (Jeff) Johnson of Mt. Pleasant, and Randy (Connie) Jones of Marion; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one brother, Don (Louise) Cornwell; two sisters, Joyce Hradek and Violet Koehne.

     Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ross; a granddaughter, Marlene Briggman; two grandsons, Michael Breckenfelder and Timmy Breckenfelder; two brothers, Vern Cornwell, Jr. and Richard Cornwell; one sister, Gladys Riddle; and a son-in-law, Merlyn Briggman.

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     Private family services will be at a later date.


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