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Carolyn Jones

Marie Carolyn Holliman Jones, 85, of Ellisville, MS, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Magnolia Gardens Assisted Living in Ellisville, MS.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Ellisville Funeral Home in Ellisville, MS. Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Ellisville Funeral Home with interment to follow in Mt. Olive Methodist Church Cemetery. Bro. Dave Moran will officiate. Ellisville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (601) 477-3797.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Curtis Ray Jones; parents, Andrew Jackson Holliman and Alberta Shoemake Holliman; brother, Marshall Holliman and sister, Margie Holliman Long.
Her survivors include her children, Carol Dykes (Luther), Laurel, MS, Deborah Ellen Parrish, Laurel, MS and Mikel F. Jones (Debra), Laurel, MS; siblings, Margaret Young (Don), Ocean Springs, MS and Edwin Holliman, Ovett, MS; grandchildren, Jason Hilbun, Soso, MS, Jonathan Hilbun (Chenae), Laurel, MS, Jacob Parrish, Laurel, MS and Justin Jones, Long Beach, MS; great-grandchildren, Holli Hilbun, Lexi Hilbun, Libby Cate Hilbun and a host of nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Mavis Jones Lewis.

Mrs. Jones was born on Thursday, March 30, 1933 to Andrew Jackson (Bud) Holliman and Alberta (Bertie) Shoemake Holliman of the Whitfield Community, Ovett, MS. She attended Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Ovett in her younger years and later became a member of Kingston United Methodist Church in Laurel, MS. She started nursing school at South Mississippi Charity Hospital (SMCH) August, 1954, and graduated August, 1957. She worked as a registered nurse at South Mississippi Charity Hospital for over six years on night duty. She then had the opportunity to work at Ellisville State School, where she became the Director of Nursing Services until retiring in 1993. She worked for the State of Mississippi for more than 36 years and during her nursing career, occasionally taught Certified Nurses Aide classes at Jones College. She was devoted to her nursing career and touched many lives through nursing and teaching.

With the help of Mrs. Jones and other dedicated nurses, Barbara Powell wrote and published two books about the history of South Mississippi Charity Hospital and the Charity Girls.
Mrs. Jones was a member of SMCH Nurses Alumni, Charity Girls, Woodmen of the World, and Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mrs. Jones was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

We would like to thank Mrs. Shirley Drummond for her love and kindness and for just being there for our mother during her good days and difficult days. Mrs. Shirley was truly a blessing from God sent to us for the care of our mother. We would like to thank the staff of Magnolia Gardens Assisted Living for their love, support and patience. Also, we would like to thank SouthernCare Hospice for their love, compassion and understanding. It is all greatly appreciated.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jones College of Nursing Program.
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Carolyn Jones
March 30, 1933 - March 7, 2019




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