Mary Pearl Jones

Passed 01/27/2021

Obituary For Mary Pearl Jones

On the morning of January 27, 2021, Mary Pearl Jones, just shy of her 95th Birthday, was called home to our Lord and left this world of sin, sorrow, and pain to a heavenly place of eternal rest.

Mary, affectionately called "sweetie pie," was born and raised in Eutaw, Alabama, and moved to St. Louis, MO in 1945, where she lived most of her life until she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2017 to live with her son and daughter-in-law.

Mary was one of seven children born to the late Homer and Pearl Harris, who preceded her death. Mary is survived by her devoted son, Phineas Jones Sr. (Tonia Bates-Jones). She also had two daughters Maria Harris and Sandra Byers (both preceded in death), stepdaughter Golda Siddle and stepsons Kenneth Jones and Felton Jones (preceded in death). Mary will be missed by her grandchildren, Gena, Judith, Shannon, India, Rhamaad, PJ, Marjani, Ta’Rhonda and a host of great-grandchildren, along with countless family and friends who were blessed to know her.

Mary had many interests and hobbies. She loved spending time with family, entertaining, and cooking large dinners. Her favorite food and specialties were sweet potato pie and baked chicken. She also loved reading scriptures. Besides owning several bibles that are now tattered from decades of use, she accumulated 25 years of inspirational messages from local St. Louis newspaper columnist Rev. Shirley Deavens.

At an early age, Mary professed hope in Christ and joined the New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO, in 1958. She married the Reverend Phelton Wednesday Jones (preceded in death) where she became the church's first lady. Later after they divorced, Mary then became a member of the Truth & Grace Fellowship Christian Church 1989-2017. She was under Michael D. West's leadership and her beloved Goddaughter and First Lady Beatrice West. Mary spent most of her life serving the church in various roles as usher and church mother. She also sang as a soloist, played the guitar, and oversaw the women's committee.

Mary's siblings use to tell stories of how she loved pretty things as a child. As a child, she always wanted to be well-groomed, and coming from humble beginnings, she once straightened her kinky hair with a fork and then curled it with a nail. She then took a red wildflower, crushed it, and made blush for her cheeks. Her affinity for "pretty" things carried over into Mary's adult years as she was often dressed "to the nines" and perfectly coiffed hair was a must, rain, sleet, or shine.

Mary was one of the most selfless individuals. When she was a young lady, girls wore long cotton stockings to school. Mary's father bought her a pair of stockings. Her oldest sister, Thelma, needed some stockings too, so Mary took her stockings, cut them in half, and sewed the open ends together so both girls could have stockings. Soon after that, she asked her father for another pair of stockings, and he said, "where are the stockings I just bought you?" and she said, "I gave Thelma half of them!" These selfless acts followed her throughout her life. She would give anyone the shirt off her back.

Fear, love, and respect for God have always been with Mary. Proverbs 31:10 says, "who can find a virtuous woman, for her price is far above rubies." Proverbs 31:13 states, "she seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands."

Mary was an amazing seamstress. She sewed many of her clothes and made bridesmaid dresses for weddings and other special events. Mary often said that the Holy Ghost taught her how to sew, and she sewed beautifully for most of her life. She was an outstanding mother and was a fierce protector of her son "Phin." They were twin spirits who fed off each other's quick wit and sense of humor. They loved to joke and laugh, and often enjoyed the simple things in life such as watching a good movie or eating White Castle or enjoying a good cup of hot coffee together.
Mary will be remembered for her incredibly kind, sweet, compassionate, giving, loving, humble spirit and her fiery, sassy personality and sparkling eyes.
Rest in peace mama, your work is done, and now you can fly away.

I'll fly away

Some glad morning when this life is over,
I'll fly away To a land on God's celestial shore, I'll fly away

I'll fly away, oh glory, I'll fly away
When I die, hallelujah by and by, I'll fly away

Just a few more weary days and then, I'll fly away
To a land where joy will never end, I'll fly away

I'll fly away, oh glory, I'll fly away
When I die, hallelujah by and by, I'll fly away

When the shadows of this life have gone, I'll fly away
Like a bird from these prison walls, I'll fly away, I'll fly away

I'll fly away, oh glory, I'll fly away
When I die, hallelujah by and by, I'll fly away

-Albert E. Brumley

Family and friends will be invited to attend a virtual memorial service in her honor. In place of flowers, for those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Truth & Grace Fellowship Christian Church, 8500 Page Blvd. St. Louis, Missouri 63114.

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Mary P. you were a bright light on earth and now you are a shining light from heaven. Rest in peace beautiful lady.
From my family to yours, my love thoughts and prayers are with you. Ms.Mary touched many lives and was such an inspiration to so many people. Ms. Mary will certainly be missed. Celebrate her life and cherish all the wonderful memories, Our Lord will provide the strength and courage to get through the difficult days that lie ahead. Love, Yvonne D. Bates
I love💜and miss you even though we knew each other for only a short period of time. You were such an intricate part of our Church Family and the epitome of a lady (full of grace and love 💜. You will always be in my heart and remembered 💜.
I feel blessed and honored to know and love Aunt Mary for almost 7 decades. One of my fondest memories of her kindness was when she volunteered to do some sewing for my wedding 52 years ago. Her loving gesture lifted an enormous financial burden off my shoulders because I was still in college and my fiancé was still in the Marines Corps. As a talented seamstress, she did an outstanding job with the 5 bride maids dresses. I will miss her love, smile & guidance, Love, Linda Bell and Family
I will miss Mother Jones. I've been knowing her almost all my life. I grew up with her being one of the older Mothers at our church at Evangelist Center and later our Pastor Laird died and then we were members together the Truth and Grace Fellowship Church. Mother Jones always had kind words and a soft spirit to anyone at the church. I remember when we would have family and friends dinners at the church and Mother Jones would always make her famous peach dump pie. It was so delicious. She was an asset to our church and I am humbled to have known her. She will be missed dearly.
I'll miss you Grandma, love Tootie❤️
Thanks for My "Mary" Pearl Oh Thank you, Thank you father I have been so blessed to have my Pearl. I mean one of the rarest and prettiest Pearls in the world. That 1 in 15,000 that could only be Mary and I Thank you father you had her here waiting for me. Your gift of Pearl offered me more than just beauty at site. My Pearl would be in my ear swaying wisdom learned from trail & error and lessons on the Lord. My Pearl dangled only dancing the Holy Ghost. My Pearl set royally at the center of my chest among diamonds. Still the strongest and most humble gem of all. My Pearl gave me encouragement to face this cruel world as it is. So in my most humble voice, I shout "FATHER THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF MY MARY PEARL JONES I CAN HOLD ON TO WITH MY HEART"!!!❤️🙏🏾❤️🙏🏾❤️ Jamalha Byars #1ofSandysgirlz
In loving memory of my Godmother Mom we will miss your warm and beautiful smile. You have been such an inspiration to us and the entire Truth And Grace Family. Thank you for taking on the role of my mom after I lost my mother and for standing by our side and being supportive in every task that came into our lives. I could always call on you for advice and encouragement no matter what time of day it would be. I love you mom so very much. You will always be in our memories and in our hearts. You are now with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Rest in peace Your children Bea and Mike (West)E
Tonight, I may listen to BB and think of Saundra Rita (My grandmother, Your eldest daughter). I'll cry and celebrate a "Mother" returning to her children. I may hear Mahalia and wail to the heavens. It's possible...that I smell the bag of peppermints you kept in your purse for us all on Sundays!🥰 And if I wanted to be still long enough for anything past tithes and offering, you would slide me a peace as a reward. If you didn't have peppermints, I might taste sugar free strawberry hard candies and smile. If i could just shut my eyes hard and imagine my view from the back row that you routinely tried to stop me from sitting in, I may see you sitting up front and iI would get to stare for a little while. You remember...Left side of the church. Third row! Behind Sister Beatrice West. (Truth and Grace Fellowships Beloved Mother Jones.) Great-grandma, you where always listening and being obedient and an example of a true believer that is ready to spread the word without any shame! I'll remember every Sunday morning that you brought me close to you, and you prayed that I understood why you carried yourself how you did. A Child of God; Blessed & Highly favored! In addition to being a child of God, you trusted that I can do the same with your guidance. Tonight, I may even hear you honk your horn to call me & Jamalha outside for Sunday School. Maybe tonight I'll feel you catch the holy ghost, and feel the wind after you run laps as fast as you can around every row of seats in our church! Great-grandma, you would honk and wait for us outside in your car. You could have drove off and not taking me to learn about your "True Love God" . I would take my dear sweet time getting to the car, you remain waiting with patience. Mary Pearl Jones you would bring Jamalha and I to the alter, and pray to the Holy Father, and call out Jesus's name and you made sure that I was baptized. For that I am so grateful & blessed. Great-grandmother, you even put up with my dirty usher glove shenanigans. You also knew that it was me drinking the left over grape juice shots EV-ER-Y 1st Sunday. Every weekend....No lie! My beautiful GREAT-Grandmother we need you to take your laps around us all. Because tonight we might need to just cry and cry. But tomorrow. We are about to strut harder than we ever have for u Honey! Great Grandmother I love u. We love u! I'm blessed to have had so much of your LOVE🥰 #MaryPearlsGirls #SandysGirls Love, Asia
94 years of life & beauty...soon to have lived to age 95 in just a few months! My ❤️ should be heavy because the matriarch of our family has been called home to serve God personally. My grandmother "Mrs. Mary Pearl Jones" the last of seven children to pass. This woman taught me how to be a lady, how to dress & how to make her award winning greens & sweet potato pie. My grandma was a classy lady, she was the definition of grace. She always blessed each of her children/grandchildren with her advice, wisdom & knowledge. She lived through the worst of the worst & always came out fighting. She loved hard. Prayed for everyone she came in contact with. She lived for her family & made sure we knew God. I remember being a little girl & grandmother lived upstairs from us in a two family flat (5930-32 Cates Ave). Everyone, who knows our family will testify to that being the family house where the fun went down! Man we had better been on that porch ready for church when she started down those steps ever Sunday morning ..are else! Even our friends had to be ready for church if we had sleep overs. You talking about one of Gods most humble servants, she was a ministers wife & served as the mother of our families church home for many years. She taught each of us to believe & have faith in Christ, give to him what we can't handle. So on that note, grandma it is with tears of joy, not regret or tears of pain when I say I love u. I will do just as you wld want me to...I will stand strong & take care of the family. I will remember you just the way I should... you laughing, threatening to spank us & eating ur "White Castles". When momma passed u where the glue that kept "Sandy's Girlz" in check. Now it's your time to rest! Until we meet again "Sassy Lady" see u later🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾! Granddaughter #3 Shannon Byars
I love you, Grandma! I'll never forget our 2 hour phone calls about how much we love coffee, how we think Judge Judy is so mean, and how we both love sweet potato pie! We were definitely kindred spirits. I'll miss you! Love, India
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