Phyllis Jane Jones

Phyllis Jane Jones

d. August 28, 2018

Phyllis Jane Jones, 80, passed away on August 28, 2018.

Phyllis Jane Jones was born Phyllis Jane Berry in Richmond Indiana. She peacefully passed on to her final rest in Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, while at her home in Burnet, Texas. Phyllis was a faithful member of Burnet Bible Church in Burnet, Texas.

Phyllis was a godly woman who served her family and friends tirelessly and graciously her entire life. As a child, Phyllis’ education began at home as “the son her father never had.” She was playfully called “Peanut” by her "Pop.” She grew up working at her father’s side driving tractors, baling hay, plowing, and cutting grass. Together they would go every Saturday to Victory Housing at the Wright-Patterson Airforce Base to collect newspapers for recycling, and repaired anything that needed to be fixed. “Fixing” things came in very handy for her throughout her entire life.

Phyllis was a lifetime National Honor Society member, having graduated second in her class at Trotwood-Madison, Trotwood, Indiana, and being the salutatorian her senior year. She was a young woman of many talents, going on to attend Baptist Bible Seminary in Arlington, Texas, to study administrative assistant-type courses in order to stand alongside her husband in service to the Lord. Phyllis served as pianist in several churches throughout her life and was always handy with the piano when someone wanted to sing.

Phyllis went on to be a homemaker and a mother, two positions in life she deemed an honor. Later in life she served as administrative assistant for her husband, the dean of a private K-12 bible school in South Dakota. Other means of support for her family included typesetting and managing several print shops. Proficient with shorthand, typing over 120 wpm, running a MAC computer, and editing many types of documents were her specialties, which enabled her to procure such jobs as University of Texas print shop manager, the Marana ISD print shop manager, Alpha-Graphics manager, and later was the typesetter for the Burnet Bulletin.

Her great love for educational books gave her the desire to write, and she spent a great deal of time writing, editing, and organizing documents for others. As her grandchildren began to come along, Phyllis wrote a piano chord book that she hoped someday to be able to publish as a gift for them in order for them to learn piano theory.

Affectionately known to all as "Granny" she always put her grandchildren first and spent many hours per week preparing an educational home-school type lesson for them and many of their friends. All of her grandchildren were welcome to come once a week as she taught them sewing, painting, building, music, science and gardening. Granny would have a nice, cool swimming pool for them on a hot summer day. There was always a swing, always a slide, always a wagon, a skateboard, a tree swing, or just a simple nature hike awaiting them. Oh and the snacks, the master Granny of Snacks. Granny appreciated and participated in every life she came into contact with. She was Granny to many! Her favorite saying was

"Life is not easy!”

Many times her life was indeed Not Easy, but she overcame and endured each trial with grace and godliness.

“Trust in the Lord, and do good” … Psalm 37:3.

Phyllis Jones is survived by her three living children, April Howington and husband Keith, Dale E. Hopkins and wife Kristine, and Stephen C. Hopkins and wife Sandra. She is also survived by two sisters: Imogene Ledlow, her four children, 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; and Linda Roberts and husband John, along with their two daughters, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Phyllis is also survived by her long time sister-friend Judith Gandy and husband Bob, with their four children, 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Phyllis is also survived by her 23 grandchildren: Ashley Dilworth and husband David, Ryan Hopkins and wife Kathryn, Matthew Hopkins and Suzanne Flagg, Sarah Hopkins and husband Dan Smith, Rebekah Hopkins, Byran Hopkins and wife Kristi, Emily Tanaka and husband Jonathan, Holly Hopkins, Micah Hopkins and wife Heidi, Cassie Munson and husband Colin, Levi Hopkins, Bethany Neifert and husband Colton, Ezra Hopkins, Jonathan Howington, Hannah Wikman and husband Joshua, Caleb Hopkins, Grace Hopkins, Noah Hopkins, Ruth Hopkins, Titus Hopkins, Timothy Hopkins, Jesiah Hopkins, Elisha Hopkins, Christiana Hopkins, plus 12 great-grandchildren, and one on the way.

Services were officiated by Linvel Baker and held at Hill Country Fellowship, Burnet, on Saturday, Sept. 1. She was interred at Shady Grove Cemetery, Burnet.

Pallbearers were Dale E. Hopkins, Matt Hopkins, Keith Howington, Jonathan Howington, Stephen C. Hopkins and Ryan Hopkins. Ushers were Ezra Hopkins, Russell Tutor, Phil Long and Nathan Wikman.

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