Jones, Frances Mittye (Mrs. Lael)


May 11, 1925 - Aug. 30, 2002
Frances Mittye Jones was born on May 11, 1925 in Delta, Louisiana to E. B. and Cary Nell Towne. She brought such joy to her parents, three brothers, sister, and grandparents that her grandfather nicknamed her Pollyanna, a nickname that followed her the rest of her life. Her dear friends knew her as Polly. Polly went off to school and finished Copiah Lincoln Junior College then attended Millsaps College. With the beautiful woman she had become, she attracted the attention of many suitors including Lael S. Jones, with whom she entered a 52-year marriage filled with parenthood and ministry. Polly was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Polly and Lael had one daughter and son-in-law, Cary Frances and Lyman Watson of Zachary, Louisiana, and one granddaughter, Cary Mittye Watson of Houston, Texas.
Together, Lael and Polly ministered as a team. Serving churches in Eden, Mississippi, Vidalia, Mangham, Mer Rouge, Chalmette, Baker, New Orleans, Thibodaux, Haynesville, Franklinton, Shreveport, and Lake Charles, Louisiana. They retired to Zachary and served as part time minister to Carpenters Chapel and Bethel United Methodist Church. She was the ideal minister’s wife, taking care of the home and family. Her doors were always open as she greeted her guests with a cup of coffee and a smile. She loved people and had a rare gift of listening, caring and being lovingly helpful in any situation.
On August 30, 2002, she went to be with her beloved Lael and her Heavenly Father in Paradise. She will be forever in the hearts and minds of those whom she loved and those who loved her.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 2003 (Memoirs)

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