Marjory Kingsbury Maffitt Jones
Marjory Kingsbury Maffitt Jones was peacefully called to heaven to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 15, 2019. She is survived by her son, Rick Jones and his wife Sue, their sons Joe And Austin; daughter Cindi Kiser and husband Tommy, their son Thomas, and their daughter Melanie; and her special fur baby Lexie. Her husband, William Joseph Jones "Jody", passed before her in 2001.
Marjory was born April 27, 1931 in Palestine, Texas to James Ulric "Shorty" and Marjory Jane Kingsbury Maffitt.
She was their only child, but had a wonderful family with many aunts, uncles, and cousins which she dearly loved. She became an Episcopalian when she went to church with her friend Kaki. There she saw Jody Jones acolyting and thought "who's that?" He sure is good looking! He was the love of her life, and he adored her.
She graduated from Palestine High School in 1949. She then went to SMU from 1948-1950 and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She worked in the Anderson County Courthouse for DA
John McDonald. When going to take a confession from a man that had killed a game warden, she was taken hostage for a short time, and was in an article in True Detective magazine.
Jody and Marjory were married March 21, 1953 and Marjory had an adventurous life as a military wife. First stationed in Mt. Clemons, Michigan their son William Patrick was born in 1955. Next they were stationed in the Philippines where their daughter Cynthia Dian was born in 1957. They were then transferred to Stillwater, Oklahoma where Jody was an Air Force ROTC instructor. They really enjoyed living in Stillwater until 1962 when they were transferred to Reese A.F. Base in Lubbock, Texas. In 1966 they moved to Wichita, Ks while Jody was in F-105 training at McConnell A.F.B. for duty in Vietnam. After that
Marjory and the children went back to Lubbock for nine months while dad was away in Thailand. Dad left on his birthday, Dec. 28,1966 and came home in August of 1967. Mom was so strong while dad was gone. When he returned, the family moved to Enid, Oklahoma from 1967-1971, while Jody was a flight instructor for the T-38 at Vance A.F.B. until 1970. Then, he retired from the Air Force and the family decided Stillwater was where they wanted to go.
Both Jody and Marjory went back to college at O.S.U. to finish their education. Marjory majored in Art/English and earned her BS in 1975 and then achieved her Masters degree in Journalism in 1982. She taught Journalism at C.E. Donart, now Stillwater High School, from 1977-1993. In 1983 she was named Teacher of the
Year, and in 1986, she won the Helen Thomas award for outstanding teaching and service to journalism education in the state of Oklahoma.
Mrs. Jones, Mrs. J, Large Marge, little Marge, Mom, Mama, Gran, she wore many hats. She loved teaching journalism and she loved her students! She still remembered so many of them until her last breath, and was like a mother to many people. She was an excellent role model and mentor. Many of her students went on to major in Journalism in college, making their careers in Journalism from the experiences in her classroom.
After she and Jody retired from teaching in 1993, they began traveling. They went to Red Lake more often, they went to a folk school in N. Carolina several times, which they thoroughly enjoyed. She became interested in genealogy. They joined Clan Moffat, Of course, Marjory became the secretary. They went to Scotland twice, and convened the Tulsa Scottish Games for many years. They went to Washington DC, the Smithsonian, Scottish games in Alexandria, VA and others until Jody's passing in 2001. After that, Cindi went with her to Scotland and Nova Scotia. She later took the whole family yo Scotland, twice, to learn about family roots. She always enjoyed reading, gardening, antiques, drawing, watercolor painting, photography, cooking, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 701 7th St. Perry, Ok. 73077 or Alzheimer's Research.
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Susan Castleman
Nov 24, 2019
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Deidra Messenger
Nov 23, 2019
The following is my post on Facebook when I heard the news that the world lost the bright light of Mrs Jones. The biggest lesson I learned from her, and didn't realize I was being taught was to forge strong relationships with those you work with. It makes work, and life, much easier. She was an amazing teacher and such a good friend to all her students.

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." ------ Pericles

This charming woman reached out to me my freshman year of high school when I wasn't even her student yet. My dad and her husband, Jody, were stationed in Vietnam together and Dad had contacte
...d them when we moved to Stillwater. She took it upon herself to look up my schedule the first few days of school and then had a note brought to me in class with an invitation to join her for lunch in the J-room. She must have known that this Air Force brat may have been struggling a little in her first civilian school environment. She reached out and I will be forever grateful.

Marjory Jones was an exceptional teacher who truly had the patience of a saint, but she was able to lay down the law like no other when needed. She was energetic, passionate and curious about the world beyond Stillwater. I may have been her journalism and yearbook student, but I learned more about life outside of high school than what size fonts to use.

Her creative brain was always present to bounce ideas off of, but she chose to lead from behind. Every yearbook and school newspaper was written and designed by students. She took the role of advisor to heart. She would make suggestions when asked, but otherwise, it was ours. We may have been on a high school yearbook staff, but we learned crucial job skills that served us well into adulthood. (I can still partially procrastinate a huge deadline down to the last minute, and still end up with a great finished project. Ha!)

Mrs Jones was a lover of the truth in a writer's voice. I remember asking her to critique an English paper of mine prior to handing it in to another teacher. She said it was ok and would pass but she couldn't see any of me in it. She handed it back, lifted her eyebrow, and I knew I'd be re-writing the damn thing because I couldn't disappoint her.

Her twangy voice, quick wit, and crazy laughter are some of my fondest memories. When the yearbook staff was getting their picture taken for said yearbook, we were... shall we say... being unruly. Marj was sitting with us at the end of the row. She had a bright smile on her face, and through gritted teeth, she told us to quit acting like damn jackasses.

A little of Marjory Jones is woven into the lives of hundreds of students. We are all much better for it.

A Mentor. A Legend. A Teacher.
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Karen Barbee
Nov 22, 2019
I was a student of both of them. Mrs Jones was my favorite teacher, instilling a love of photography that will remain with me and I have often thought about her as the years have passed. They even gave me my first job, cleaning their house every Saturday for a while. They will always hold a special place in my heart as two of the sweetest people I have been fortunate to know and learn from. God Bless and keep you through this time.
Sara Chappell
Nov 22, 2019
Cindy, Rick, and families,
We were good friends of both your parents and miss them. I first worked with Marj when we taught together at C.E. Donart and ate lunch together daily, sharing our experiences. Two of my children were fortunate to have her for journalism and yearbook classes and have used her lessons to advantage in their own careers. Later I worked with Jody at SJHS. We became close friends with them as a couple when we formed a dinner group that met together for many years. What fun! Craig says he will miss your mother's "cackle". Based on their recommendation, we also attended the John Campbell Folk School. When we became neighbors in University Estates, I marveled at Ma
...rj's garden and learned from her.
I share your sorrow and am glad that your mother is now at peace.
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Quen Wilczek
Nov 21, 2019
I was Mrs. Jones student in 1979-81 and in the yearbook staff. She was an amazing teacher and mentor. Even though I didn’t continue a career in journalism, she taught me so many things about life and how to treat other people. She was always so good-natured with our jokes. She taught as well and she allowed us to teach ourselves by doing. She was probably the best teacher I had.