Kathryn Jean <I>Baum</I> Jones

Kathryn Jean Baum Jones

Indianola, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Death 7 Mar 1988 (aged 77)
Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Burial Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Plot Mausoleum-AA-Row 3-FAITH
Memorial ID 31925464 · View Source
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Kathryn Jean Baum Jones - A Life of Endurance, Grace and Dignity

Kathryn Jean Baum was born 26 February 1911 in Carroll Township, Vermilion County, Illinois. The second born child of Chester M. Baum and Nora Helen Gibbs Baum, Kathryn was welcomed in to a well established and prosperous family. Her mother and father adored their meticulous daughter. Nora loved to tell a story of Kathryn as a little girl...primping and trying on clothes and fussing over a fancy hat in a shop in Danville. She was fond of her older sister, Helen and doted on her little brother, Win. Her playmates were her siblings and her cousins, the Sandusky girls, Jane, Martha and Susan. Life was good. She attended high school in Danville due to the fact that her parents wanted her to have the advantage of the larger towns' educational resources.

Kathryn fell in love with a teacher at Indianola High School. Edgar Morrison was a young educator and football coach with big dreams. They were married in 1929 shortly after her high school graduation. The couple moved to Bradley, Illinois (near Peoria). Jack Phillip Morrison was born in April, 1930. It was in 1933 that the first of Kathryn's trials and tragedies occurred. Her beloved brother, Win, was killed on horseback after a business trip. He had been married only a short time. Less than two years later, her husband was stricken with a viral disease and died while visiting his in-laws in Carroll Township. Kathryn and Jack moved back to the farm with Chester and Nora. For the next several years, Kathryn attended business college, was a teller at the bank in Indianola and became interested in retail sales. Her parents became Momma and Pappa Baum to Jackie. Kathryn's life was difficult and she was lonely. This would change in 1939 when she met and was courted by Ken Jones, a young ceramic engineer. They met at Danville Country Club and fell in love. Ken and Kathryn were married in August, 1940.

Kathryn, Ken and Jackie were a happy family. They moved to a nice home at 18 West Winter Avenue in Danville. Jack and Ken became father and son. Ken joined the Navy soon after the Declaration of War against the Japanese. Kathryn and Jack moved with him from station to station but ultimately, he was stationed in the South Pacific. Kathryn was pregnant and gave birth to their daughter, Mary Kathryn in October 1944. Ken returned a short time later and it seemed that the family would continue from the place where they left off. Ken had adopted Jack on his 13th birthday. Kathryn was unaware that her third and perhaps most difficult trial was lurking. A time bomb of cancer was ticking as a tumor in Mary Kathryn's brain. The diagnosis came and many months were spent going from hospital to hospital and specialist to specialist. All to no avail. Mary K. died in July 1949. Kathryn could hardly cope. She drove for hours in her 1948 yellow Plymouth converable. She began a baby clothes business at The Parisian in Danville. Her sadness was deep.

The decades of the 1950s and 1960s were ones of success and joy. Ken and Kathryn became parents to a son, Robert. They became grandparents to John, Kathy, KC, Peter and Chester Jones (children of Jack and his wife, Mary). Business was good and there were financial rewards. Winters were spent in Florida. Ken and Kathryn were able to take cruises and travel. They enjoyed nightclubs and parties.

The 1970s marked a return of difficulties for Kathryn. Ken died suddenly in 1975. Jack died in 1978. These losses were devastating. Kathryn was able to enjoy her granddaughters, Kristy and Courtney (children of Bob and his wife, Carol) but her energy for life was almost gone. In 1987, Bob's financial world and relationship with Carol began to deteriorate. Kathryn's health was failing. She died in March, 1988.

Kathryn Jean Baum Jones was a woman of great dignity. She overcame her grief and carried herself with pride. She was a fine and elegant woman.

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  • Created by: Robert Jones
  • Added: 3 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31925464
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kathryn Jean Baum Jones (26 Feb 1911–7 Mar 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31925464, citing Spring Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Robert Jones (contributor 46993278) .