Esther Lou Jones, age 97, of Zanesville passed to the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on September 18, 2022. Esther was born to Merrill and Mary (Vickers) Cox in the Cox Family Farmhouse near Trinway where she spent her childhood on the farm. She graduated from Jefferson High School in Dresden, OH, attended Asbury College in Kentucky, and graduated from Muskingum University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She began her teaching career at Chandlersville Elementary in Chandlersville, OH where she lived with her loving husband and children. She continued her career in education in the Zanesville City Schools at Wilson Elementary until her retirement in 1990 after 30 years of service.
Our beloved mother and grandmother was very healthy and active well into her 90’s as she worked out at the gym three days a week, enjoyed time with friends and would faithfully visit those in assisted living and health care facilities. Esther was also an active member of Central Trinity United Methodist Church of Zanesville since 1973.
Esther is survived by her children: Carolyn (Rick) Searls of Taylors, SC, Phillip (Janet Jones) of Mount Vernon, OH, David Jones of Thornville, OH, Kathy (Bill) Godwin of Zanesville, OH, and Jeff (Robin) Jones of Leesburg, VA. Also surviving are a brother, Lloyd Cox of Fort Meyers, FL, eight grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her husband, Clement Jones, Jr.; grandsons: Todd Godwin, Brian Jones and Brent Jones; granddaughter Amy Jones; a daughter-in law Linda Jones; and siblings: Forest Cox, Max Cox and Gertrude Chaney.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Central Ohio for their compassionate care of Esther, as well as their encouragement and support of those family members who cared for her.
A private service will be observed. A memorial service will be held in October for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 1166 Military Road, Zanesville OH 43701.
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