Kathy Rhea Stobaugh Jones

Birth
Dexter, Stoddard County, Missouri, USA
Death 28 Aug 2016 (aged 63)
Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA
Burial Bloomfield, Stoddard County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 169084104 · View Source
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Kathy Jones
July 11, 1953 - August 28, 2016


Kathy Rhea Stobaugh Jones, 63, of Bloomfield, MO (rural Aquilla), passed away on a beautiful Sunday morning, August 28, 2016 in Cape Girardeau, MO at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Lora and Joe Galati, surrounded by close loved ones.

She was born on July 11, 1953 in Dexter, MO, to William Avery and Martha Elizabeth Ethridge Stobaugh. She grew up in Charter Oak, MO, the baby of the family, and was taught to help work on the family farm and in their garden.

She and Larry B. Jones, high school sweethearts, were married March 25, 1972 in Dexter, MO at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Glenda and Gerald Barber. With the exception of the years Kathy was enrolled in college at Southeast Missouri State University, the couple made their home in the Bloomfield area. They raised their three children and helped foster other children at times on their farm in Aquilla.

Survivors include two children and five grandchildren: her daughter and son-in-law, Lora Elizabeth and Giuseppe (Joe) Galati of Cape Girardeau, their children, Salvatore (Sam) Isaiah Galati, Vita Claire Galati and Anna Kate Galati; her son, Larry Kyle Jones of Bloomfield, his son, Larry Mason Jones, and Mason’s mother, Che’ Holford Jones; her grandson, Keaton Avery Leija and Keaton’s father, Brian Lee Leija. She is also survived by two sisters and three brothers-in-law, Glenda Ruth and Gerald Barber of Dexter, MO, Margaret Ann and Walton Weaver of Beaumont, TX and Bill Baldwin, Sr. of Charter Oak, MO; two half-sisters, Lela Jeannine McCoy of Lubbock, TX, and Jan Rene Powell and her husband Allen Powell of Dexter, MO; one sister-in-law, Wanda Sue Bellers of Lenexa, KS, two brothers-in-law, John Paul Jones of Warthen, GA and Ronnie Lee Jones of Rector, AR; two aunts and uncles, Wanda and Luther Bryant of Birdtown, AR and Peggy and Charles Holifield of Columbus, MS; twenty-one nieces and nephews, and a host of great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband on March 14, 2011 after nearly 39 years of marriage; their cherished daughter, Sara LeAnn Jones Leija on November 1, 2012; a miscarried baby in the fall of 1985; her mother on July 26, 2012 at the age of 93; her father on August 11, 2013 at the age of 94; her mother-in-law, Wanda Lee Williams on October 30, 2011; her sister, Rebecca Sue Baldwin on April 28, 2013; her sister-in-law, Mary Jones on March 10, 2011; an infant brother, William Charles on December 31, 1957; her fathers-in-law, John Ivy Jones on January 19, 1997, Richard Lee and James (Jim) Leo Williams on August 15, 2002, as well as numerous other beloved family members and friends.

Kathy graduated from Richland High School in Essex, MO in 1971, began college that summer, and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in the summer of 1974. She was a teacher for 31 years. She taught Special Education at Bernie Elementary in Bernie, MO from 1974 to 1977. She then worked with third and fourth grade students within the same classroom at Bernie Elementary for the 1977-1978 school year. She worked at Bloomfield Elementary in Bloomfield, MO from 1978 through 1998 (minus a little time off when she had her children), where she taught students in kindergarten, first and second grades, as well as Special Education. In September 1998 tragedy hit, and Kathy had to resign her position from Bloomfield Public Schools, following a diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer. She was able to go back to Bloomfield Elementary in January of 2000 as a Resource Teacher, working again in Special Education. She continued in this position until retiring from public education in 2003 with 26 years of service. Kathy stayed home for one year and decided that full-time retirement was not for her at that time. She began substituting at the area State Schools, working with severely disabled children. She was later approached about a full time teaching position and taught for five years at Parkview State School in Cape Girardeau, MO. She officially resigned on August 31, 2011, following a recurrence in March 2011 of her breast cancer, this time in her bone and liver.

Kathy truly loved God, her family, her students, and her community, and it is very apparent that they all loved her as well. She was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. She exhibited much strength and grace and loved others unconditionally. She carried a trademark smile with her always, even in the face of much adversity. She is such an example of beautiful Christian love, and she inspires us all to be better people. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Her favorite color was red. She loved peanut butter, chicken and dumplings, coconut pie, chocolate gravy, white beans and cornbread, and Leon’s Dexter Queen. She shared her love and words through poems.

She was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, the Council of Exceptional Children, and the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and was always active in the local Parent Teacher Organization. In May of 2010, Kathy was presented with one of KFVS 12’s Heartland’s Best Teacher awards for the 2009-2010 school year--The Heartland’s Best—they had no idea!

She was a member of the Dexter Church of Christ in Dexter, MO. She loved her church family and deeply appreciated them for all of their prayers, love and caring support.

As a breast cancer survivor, Kathy became active in participating in and helping at the local Relay for Life for a few years until her health impeded her from volunteering as much. In March of 2011, when Kathy lost her husband Larry to lung cancer, Kathy and her family established the Larry B. Jones H.O.P.E. Campaign (Celebrating Healing, Optimism, Prayer and Example). The H.O.P.E. Campaign has raised nearly $68,000 in the past five and one half years to benefit area cancer warriors. The H.O.P.E. Campaign officially teamed up with 18 FORE Life in the Spring of 2013 and is honored to be a part of giving back to the local community in such a huge and powerful way.

Memorials may be made to the Larry and Kathy Jones Family H.O.P.E. Campaign, established in March 2011 and renamed in August 2016, P.O. Box 1785 Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. The family desires to honor Larry and Kathy’s legacy of helping and loving others by continuing their mission of blessing area cancer warriors and individuals faced with life-threatening illness.

Friends may call at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel, with Clyde Jacques, member of the Dexter Church of Christ, and Walton Weaver, minister of the Major Drive Church of Christ in Beaumont, TX, officiating.

Interment will follow in the Bloomfield Cemetery. Pallbearers include her son, Larry Kyle Jones; her son-in-law, Joe Galati; grandsons, Keaton Leija and Sam Galati; nephews Billy Baldwin, Chris Baldwin, Wesley Carr, Alan Barber, Michael Wilburn, Michael Weaver and Bret Yount.


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  • Created by: JEANIE EDWARDS BARKER
  • Added: 29 Aug 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 169084104
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kathy Rhea Stobaugh Jones (11 Jul 1953–28 Aug 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 169084104, citing Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, Stoddard County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by JEANIE EDWARDS BARKER (contributor 47138694) .