A photo of Merle Ruth Jones

Merle Ruth Jones

Born: 8/13/1930
Died: 12/7/2011

Merle Ruth Bannister Jones, age 81, of Delaware City, DE, passed away on December 7, 2011.
Born on August 13, 1930 in Oklahoma, Merle lived on the family sheep ranch with her parents, Edwin Bannister and Meta Vera Goddard Bannister, her brother, Edwin Eugene, and sisters, Catherine and Marilyn. During the Great Depression, the family moved to Roswell, NM, where Merle grew up. In 1947, she met Vernon Jones, a sergeant stationed in Roswell. They married in 1948 and came to Vernon’s family home in Delaware, where Merle gave birth to their first son, Norman Eugene, on August 23, 1949. On September 10, 1952, daughter Karen Janine made her first appearance among the officers at Fort Meade in Maryland. Merle’s second son, Vernon Gerald, arrived on December 17, 1957, in Wilmington.
Merle retired from Delaware state employment in 1998. She loved animals, gardening and reading. She enjoyed watching Price Is Right, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune, but spent much of her time shopping, dining out, and cavorting in Atlantic City with Karen.
Merle is so loved and missed.
Merle is survived by daughter, Karen of Bear; brother, Edwin Eugene Bannister of Schertz, TX; brother-in-law, Lawrence Hines of Dallas, TX; son, Gerry of Illinois; nieces and their husbands, Vicki Lynn and Darryl DeVault of Carrollton, TX, Elaine and Howard Bohlin of DeSoto, TX, and Mary Catherine and Clifton Watley of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Lance, Laura, and Joshua; and her best friends, Aneta Boulden and Delores Hearn.
Interment will be held privately in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.


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    I wanted to offer condolences for an old friend of mine, Karen Janine Jones, for the loss of her Mother, Merle..Karen I haven’t seen you in a long time, but have been trying to find you. I miss our friendship, and would invite you to visit anytime..I still live in that little house in Bear, on Church Road. My phone number is 836-1432, my cell 588-9992. Email, [email protected]…I see you lost your Mom in early December, but it is posted today, Feb 5. Otherwise, I would have offered condolences sooner..
    Won’t you please get in touch, or drop by..I’d love to see you..Miss you…God bless you and yours…
    Ron Adams


    To Karen and family, Joe and I want to express our sincerest sympathy over the passing of your mom. I wish I got to know Merle in her early years as I am sure she was a spit-fire! I had the honor of getting to know her in her later years and though she not a 100%, she surely was a spitfire then as well. Merle you were loved and will be missed. God Bless Merle’s family.