Frances (Frannie) Jean Roberts Jones lost her courageous battle with Alzheimer’s on January 31, 2019, less than one year after she lost Bobby Jones, her husband of almost 70 years. Surrounded by family, clergy and dedicated hospice staff members, she and God decided that the fight really had been won.
For 91 years, the streets of Duluth were illuminated and residents’ lives were touched by Frannie’s beautiful smile and loving soul. As a little girl, she grew up in the center of Duluth and often spoke of the “wild west” that the cotton and railroad town of Duluth was then. She lived through the depression of the thirties and always retained the work ethic and thriftiness of the incredible generation of which she was a part. She graduated from Duluth High School and took the train or carpooled to downtown Atlanta for work until she married the love of her life. She dedicated every moment to her family and friends, always putting everyone else before herself.
Frannie’s cooking and baking skills were legendary, even resulting in newspaper articles about her. She fed several generations of all ages and that was her ministry. She received great joy out of baking cakes for those she loved on holidays and on special occasions. Her family called her the “energizer bunny” because she was a survivor of multiple adversities as well as life-threatening illnesses and she kept moving forward.
Her kindness, smile and loving spirit never faded, as witnessed by the tearful responses of the staff at the memory care facility where she spent her last months. They were devastated by her loss. Her family called it the “Frannie Factor.”
Frannie will be uniting with Robert C. Jones, Sr., her daughter, Rita Jones Westbrook, grandson, Justin Palmer Tonge, parents, Valca Roberts and Susie Knox Roberts as well as her brothers, Knox Roberts and Everett (Brother) Roberts. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Jones Tonge; son, Robert C. Jones, Jr. (Sandy); grandchildren, Jack S. Tonge, III (Trey), Zachary Tonge and Emily Tonge. One of her great joys was being great-grandmother to two year old Knox Darlington.
Visitation for friends and family will be held at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Duluth First United Methodist Church with an additional visitation one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the Duluth Church Cemetery, in care of Annette Summerour, 3642 Knox Drive, Duluth, GA 30096 or to Duluth First United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.billheadfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, (770) 476-2535.