“My mother taught me that...” These words are frequently spoken by the children of Shellie Mae Jones. We often learn lessons from our parents through observation and assimilation, but when lessons are taught they tend to stick around for a lifetime. Shellie not only taught her children important lessons but all those around her took something from her that made their lives easier to live.
Affectionately called “Shirley” by many, Shellie Mae Jones was born April 13, 1947 in Dooly County, Georgia to Mrs. Aretha Kendrick and Rubin Kendrick (both predeceased). She was the second child born amongst nine siblings. One older brother, Henry Kendrick, preceded her in death. She was a member of Brown Chapel Baptist Church in Unadilla, Georgia. Shellie met Royal Jones and in 1967 they married. She mothered three daughters, Ponthea, Carshana and Kendra after moving to Perry, Ga. She was also the mother of a fourth daughter, Naja Sands, who preceded her in death in 1980.
Nurturing – (Dueteronomy 4:9) Shellie spent her life caring for others. She was blessed with the ability to make others feel better. She was selfless and kind and could often be seen putting herself before others to improve their well-being. She retired from the Medical Center of Central Georgia after serving many years as a Nursing Assistant. Nurturing was in her spirit and she passed that trait on to her kids.
Strength (Phillipians 4:13) – Shellie was a beacon of strength. She was soft spoken but her words were meaningful. When she spoke others listened. She was wise and she taught her family to make the best of situations, give their best and never give up. She fought until the end—like we knew she would.
Diligence (Proverbs 22:29) – Shellie believed in the value of hard work. Ironically, a former co-worker from the Medical Center cared for Shellie in her last days. She vividly recalled how Shellie gave her all when they worked together and many others admired her work ethic. She worked until a job was complete and never settled for anything less than the best care for her patients.
Nurturing, Strength and Diligence were all lessons lived and taught by Shellie but her most important lesson taught was love. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin. She leaves to mourn three children, Ponthea Harp, Carshana Jones and Kendra (Patrick) McGhee; four grandchildren, Rickey Nelson, Clarence Harp Jr., Imani McGhee and Nia McGhee; seven siblings Mary Kendrick of Miami, FL, Mrs. Rubie (James) Tunstall of Warner Robins, GA, Mrs. Connie (Eugene) Douglas of Junction City, Kansas, Mrs. Dora (Terrell) Woodard of Richmond, CA, Mrs. Daisy (Reginald) Rainey of Cordele, GA, Ms. Beverly Kendrick of Unadilla, GA and Ms. Gail Kendrick of Warner Robins, Ga. A long-time devoted friend, Henry Green of Perry, GA.; two loving and devoted caregivers Cynthia Radford and Gloria Jean Johnson; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.