Kathleen Martha Cofer Jones MSN-RN-CNS, of Gray, passed away peacefully at the Johnson City Medical Center Thursday June 3, 2021 after sustaining injuries from a fall. She was surrounded by family and friends.
Kathleen was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on August 4, 1943. To say Kathleen Jones was an extraordinary woman is an understatement. She served our country as an Air Force Flight Nurse for over 20 years, retiring as a Major in 1982. As a bed side nurse, she gave exemplary care to thousands of patients. In the most recent 30 years she has been known to thousands of nursing students as Mrs. Jones Assistant Professor at Walter State Community College Nursing Program. She dedicated her life to helping other for over 55 years. The legacy she has created will impact the nursing profession for the future.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Dixon & Cleda Jewel Vandiver Cofer and husband, “Pete” Kenneth Jones.
She is survived by her sister, Joanne Beckett; nephew, Mylo Ragatti; step-daughter, Johanna (Jolie) Jones; daughter, Sandra Wells and her husband Kenneth Wells; grandchildren, Austin Hoyle, Cassidy Hoyle, and Hunter Wells; lifelong friend, Frances (Billie) Sills; special friend, Holly Dunwoody; and all faculty, staff, and students at Walters State Community College.
Funeral services will be conducted 7:00 pm, Monday, June 7, 2021 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 pm Monday prior to the service.
Kathleen wishes were to be cremated and her remains be mixed with her husband and spread into the gulf stream.
In lieu of flowers, In honor of her six cats, family have requested donations be made to the Washington County Humane Society, https://hswctn.networkforgood.com/projects/93139-give-a-gift or to the Kathleen Jones Nursing Scholarship, https://gofund.me/734cc764 .
Kathleen was one of the best! She will be deeply missed! Prayers for her family!
It has been my great pleasure to work with Kathleen for the last ten years. She was and will remain a great example and mentor to me in my career. Her students loved her dearly. She will be missed dearly. The impact she left on the nursing community is immense and her absence will be felt for years to come. Thank you Kathleen for everything; your service to our country and your service to the nursing community. Rest in Peace with Pete. Much love, many thoughts, and prayers.
Jo Clark, RN- WSCC class of 2003
I am thankful to have met Kathleen Jones, thankful for her service to our country and blessed to have had her as my nursing instructor. She exemplified everything good as a nurse, an educator, and a person. There is rarely a day to go by in my nursing occupation that I do not recall her pearls of wisdom. She was loved. Deepest sympathy to her family for their loss.
Kathleen will be missed by many! Keeping the family and friends in my thoughts and prayers!
I first met Mrs. Jones in 2016 when I entered into nursing school. She was a wonderful instructor and woman. She will be missed. Prayers to the family.