Edna Martha Jones, born September 28, 1901, was the third of thirteen children born to Eli and Ollie Park Jones. She grew to young womanhood on the family farm in the Park Grove community, St. Clair County. She attended Park Grove grade school and Lowry City and Osceola High Schools.
At an early age she gave her life to Christ, followed Him into baptism and united with the Park Grove Christian Church. She was one who remembered her Creator in the days of youth and was faithful until death.
After Graduating from High School she attended Phillips University, Enid. Oklahoma, for a year. then taught Surprise School in Henry County. After a year of teaching she attended the University of Missouri where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Science. In 1929 she received her M.D. degree from the University of Kansas Medical School. From medical school she went to Maybury Sanatorium in Northville, Michigan. At retirement she was the physician in charge of children's division at Maybury Sanatorium. She was the author of many medical papers in her special field.
In August 1947 she was united in marriage to James Bailey Allen of Clarksville, Tenn. After their retirement they moved to their farm north of Clinton where they had 24 happy years.
Edna was preceded in death by her husband , her parents, five brothers and three sisters. Survivors include a brother-in-law, Claude Allen and wife, Nancy of Springfield, Tennessee, a brother, Melville Jones and wife Helen of rural Deepwater, Sisters Maye Coy of Santa Rosa, Texas, Ruby Bowyer of Gunnison, Colorado, Crystal Sanders and husband Bob, Memphis, Tennessee, and a sister-in-law, Jessie Jones of rural Deepwater. Edna is also survived by twenty nieces and nephews all of whom loved her dearly, many great nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
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Dr. Edna M. Jones had tuberculosis as a child and when she received her degree as a medical doctor she devoted 31 years of her life to work with tubercular children in the Maybury Sanatorium in Michigan.
She had no children of her own but she loved children and was recognized nationally as n authority on tuberculosis in children.
But I will always remember Edna for the child like faith she had in her Lord. She gave great evidence of her salvation that she received when she made her confession as a young lady.
She loved the Park Grove Church Family and gave of herself and her material blessings that it might be the great church it is today.
I'm certain today she is walking with her savior as she walked with him in this life. Always smiling, always a kind word, always helping others and always serving her master.
She was a precious lady and I shall miss her! That's the kind of woman I knew. We were all blessed for having known Edna Jones Allen.
(words spoken at the cemetery)
Selected scriptures from Matt. 18:3 4 5. Edna welcomed little children into her realm of healing and gave new life. Today Jesus has welcomed Edna into his realm of healing and she has a newness of life. This is a joyous day! And we rejoice with you Edna!