Mary Coleman Jones, 89, passed away peacefully on May 9th, 2015.
She lived a full life, dedicated to her love for family, friends, music, and helping others. Mary Crary was born on October 25th, 1925 in Hampshire, Illinois, a small farming community west of Chicago. She loved to tell stories about working at her father’s canning factory with her two older sisters, Nan and Marilee, and setting pins at the town’s bowling alley. A music lover since childhood, Mary was a talented pianist and vocalist. She rarely missed a Sunday singing with the church choir, and she enjoyed performing with her friends in the Dallas Women’s Contemporary Chorale. Mary was also a long-time patron and board member of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, as well as a season subscriber to both the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Opera.
As a community volunteer, Mary was devoted to “making life a little bit better for other people.” Whether serving as a Cub Scout den mother or managing a major fundraiser, there was no task too big or too small. For her years of service to the Dallas public schools, Mary received a lifetime membership in the PTA. Starting as a “cart lady” at Children’s Medical Center, she was honored to serve as president of the Assistance League of Dallas. Mary referred to her friends as her “lifeline.” And she had many—life-long friends from Hampshire High School, White Rock United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church in Plano, her breast cancer support group Bosom Buddies, the Plano Rejebian Book Club, her ladies lunch group, and her many neighbors over the years—she loved them all. Never one to sit still, she also found time to travel the world with her husband, Burt.
Affectionately nicknamed “The Queen” by her family, Mary will be forever missed by her children, Dr. Charles and Linda Coleman, Michael and Dr. Anne Coleman, Ann and Glen Reznicek; grandchildren Derek, Jennifer, Emily, and Andrew; and great-grandchildren Maddox, Berkley, and James.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Prestonwood Court and Silverado Hospice for their compassionate and respectful care of Mary.
In lieu of flowers, donations, or a formal service, please remember Mary in your prayers and in your heart. Celebrate her life when making a toast or gathering with your friends or family. Honor Mary by following her simple but heartfelt philosophy: “You only go by this way once. You don’t need to be famous to do things that people might remember. And, if you can make somebody’s life easier, that makes it all worthwhile.”
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252