Norma Jean Jones


November 29, 2018

Norma Jean (Couch) Jones, 92, longtime Shawnee resident, died Tuesday afternoon Nov. 20, 2018. The daughter of Rufus and Lela (Watson) Couch, she was born Oct. 21, 1926, on her parents’ homestead in Bethel Acres, OK. She had one brother, Cecil.

Some of her childhood enjoyments included sports, especially basketball and softball, as she attended Bethel Schools through graduation in 1944. After graduation, she attended Eastern State University in Wilburton until she transferred to Oklahoma Baptist University for a few semesters. She then moved to Hooker to teach and finish her degree at Panhandle State University. She later received her master’s degree at Oklahoma State University.

Shortly after moving to the panhandle, she met the love of her life, JR Jones, who worked for Phillips Petroleum until his untimely death in 1974. They were married Aug, 29, 1949, in Clayton, NM. They had two children, Lynda and Randy, and lived at SherHan Plant south of Guymon until 1964 when they moved into Guymon.

Mrs. Jones was a lifelong teacher with her first position in Tribbey as softball coach and English teacher. After meeting JR and teaching a few years at Hooker, she took time off to spend at home with their young children. She then taught in Guymon until retirement in 1975. She then moved back to Shawnee to be closer to her aging parents and continued devoting her time to children as she took over the child development program at the First Baptist Church of Shawnee. She retired from the program after 10 years of service.

Many knew her for several years as the “the street walker.” In the late ‘80s, she started walking to lose weight and could be seen most days walking the streets north of Independence, walking 35+ miles per week.

She was preceded in death by her husband JR, her parents and brother. 

She is survived by her daughter, Lynda Cornelius and son, Randy. She is also survived by four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 27 at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jesse Hernandez, Blackburn Chapel Baptist Church, officiating. Burial followed at Resthaven Memorial Park Shawnee under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.


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