|Meredith Holland Jones|
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|Birth: ||Feb. 19, 1978|
|Death: ||Nov. 30, 2007|
Conyers, GA - Saturday, December 1,Meredith Holland Jones
Meredith Holland Jones, age 29, of Athens, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2007.
Memorial services will be held at 3:30 PM on Monday, December 3, 2007 at Zion Baptist Church, with Rev. Randy Barnhart and Rev. J. Dean Phelps officiating.
Mrs. Jones was a Music Teacher at Honey Creek Elementary School for the past 4 years, prior to that, she taught at Shoals Creek Elementary School for 2 years. Meredith was proudly awarded the Rockdale County Teacher of the Year award for 2005-2006. She was currently a Doctorial student at the University of Georgia, and a member of Community Christian Church in Fayetteville and a member of the Atlanta National Orff Schulwerk Association.
She is survived by her husband, Christopher Jones of Athens; parents, Jerry and Marlene Holland of Jonesboro; sister, Noel Holland and husband, Don Gruel of Orlando, FL; grandparents, Don and Eula Geddie of Fayetteville; mother and father-in-law, Kathy and Tommy Stone of Tifton; brother-in-law, Brad Jones of Statesboro; and extended family of uncles, aunts, and friends.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: The Meredith Jones Scholarship Fund for Elementary School Music Education at the University of Georgia, Caringbridge.org, and the music program at Honey Creek Elementary School Details can be found at www.Caringbridge.org/visit/meredithjones and at the service.
Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Rockdale Chapel, (770)918-8851
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Meredith Jones - "She brought out the music in all of us' Honey Creek mourns loss of former teacher
CONYERS - Honey Creek Elementary School administrators and teachers have spent the week consoling students and remembering one of their own.
Music teacher Meredith Jones, 29, died Friday after battling stomach cancer.
"Many children, parents and staff members have been touched by this courageous and caring teacher," said Principal Carolyn Ormsby in a ConnectEd phone message to parents Friday evening.
Jones, who was diagnosed with cancer in June 2006, was in the process of obtaining her doctorate degree from her alma mater, the University of Georgia, having finished one semester in the program.
Before returning to college, she taught at Honey Creek for four years and Shoal Creek Elementary School two years before that. She was named 2005-06 Rockdale County Teacher of the Year.
"She was such a role model to all of the students," Ormsby said Tuesday. "She even helped pick out our music teacher we have this year."
Jones was also an active participant in Rockdale Relay for Life for more than six years - in 2006, she dyed her hair pink for a month because Honey Creek Elementary students raised $4,500 for Relay for Life.
Fellow Honey Creek teachers said all of the students looked forward to attending Jones' music class.
"It was fun for them. She had a way with kids that made them feel so special and important, like they all are the best singers around," said Eileen Gunderson, a second-grade teacher at Honey Creek.
Fellow teacher Debbe Schmitt said all of the children - and teachers - loved Jones for her creativity and vibrant personality.
"She could take the children and whip them into musicians, actors and singers - they felt like stars," she said. "I find that she brought out the music in all of us."
Schmitt, a fifth-grade teacher at Honey Creek, said that before meeting Jones at Shoal Creek Elementary, she had never really been involved with drama or music.
"But with every production, my responsibility got to be more and more; in the last one, I was acting," she said. "She brought out the music in me."
Gunderson said many of the younger students don't really understand what happened, but the older students have been "hit hard" with her passing.
"We've talked to the kids and answered any questions they had," she said. "We saw many students of hers, past and present, at the memorial service (on Monday)."
Counselors were also in the school Monday to meet with students and parents.
To keep her memory alive, the school will dedicate its stage to Jones.
Also, Ormsby said students are making paper musical notes and a quilt with messages and sayings on them to give to Jones' husband, Chris.
"She saw the best in the children and brought out the best in them," Schmitt said. "She inspired them to do what needed to be done."
In lieu of flowers, Jones' family is asking that donations be made to CaringBridge.org, the Honey Creek Elementary music program or the Meredith Holland Jones Scholarship Fund for Elementary School Music Education at the University of Georgia. More information can be found at Jones' Web site at www.caringbridge.org/visit/meredithjones.
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