Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Afo Gean Jones

Afo Gean Jones, age 79, of Shelby, passed away Thursday morning, May 9, 2024 at Mason Health Care in Mason, Ohio.

Born September 22, 1944 in Wayland, KY to the late Owen and Stellie (Caudill) Slone, she graduated in 1962 from Wayland High School. Following, she furthered her education at Caney Creek Community College, transferring to Eastern Kentucky University earning a Bachelor of Education in 1966. She would later earn a Master of Education from Ashland University in 1995. Mrs. Jones was a 4th grade teacher at Dowds Elementary in the Shelby City School District from where she retired in 1991 following many years of teaching.

Afo Gean was an active member of the Jared Mansfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Shelby First Lutheran Church. For hobbies she enjoyed sewing, cooking, and spending time with her family.

On November 18, 1963 she married Ronald Jones. Ron survives along with their children: Lisa (Donald) Jones-Bennett of Pittsford, NY and Ronald S. (Betty) Jones of Mason; grandchildren: Winston Bennett, Mason Bennett, and William Jones; sisters: Brenda (James) Hall, Sharon Jones, and Lillian Sander; brother: Paul (Diana) Slone; sister-in-law: Phyllis Craft; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Afo Gean was preceded in death by her brother, Clinus Slone.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 from 2-3 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will immediately follow at 3 pm with Rev. Dr. Russel Yoak officiating. Burial will be private in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jared Mansfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and left in care of the funeral home.

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To view Afo Gean’s Tribute Video click here: Afo Gean’s Tribute Video

Memories & Condolence

  1. Barbara Kaple says:

    So sorry to read of Afo Gean’s passing. I have no idea how we knew each or how we met, but every time I ran into her and Ron we would stop and chat. She had such a wonderful laugh and great personality. I know she will be missed by all who’s lives she touched. Barb & Jan Kaple

  2. Mindy Utz says:

    My deepest condolences.

  3. Robin and Dan Schiffer says:

    Betty and Ron: we are so sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. Let us know how we can help. Love you!

  4. Todd Armintrout says:

    I had Mrs Jones as a fourth grade teacher she was so enjoyable and well liked by others it is so sad to see that she had to go will be missed by all. Sending prayers and thoughts for the entire family.

  5. Sharon Slone -Jones says:

    My dear sister I will miss and love you forever! Rest in Heaven

  6. Paul & Diana Slone says:

    Love our sis! And will miss her forever until we see each other again! She was the best big sister and sister in law! She will always be missed! ♥️♥️

  7. Kathi molina says:

    Sharon, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss.I never met her but I remember you talking about her. You and your family are in my prayers!!

  8. Cindy Strader says:

    My sympathy to the family. Her presence will be missed at Jared Mansfield Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. There she helped to honor and remember her ancestors and others who fought for and established our democratic Republic. Through her membership she also honored those veterans throughout our history who fought and died for democracy and freedom.
    Thank-you, Afo Gean.

  9. Kathy Luppino says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Afo Gean’s passing. She was a good cousin and attended the kids graduation parties and she also was a great photographer. I treasure the pictures she gave me. She was funny and smart. I loved her and will miss her at family functions. My condolences to Ronald and their children.

  10. Sue & Bob Stover says:

    We are saddened to see this. She was such a nice person & teacher. We always enjoyed visiting with her & Ronald but haven’t seen them for awhile. Our sympathy to the family.

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    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
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  12. Robin Smedley says:

    I knew Mrs Jones first as my grandmas neighbor for years, then she was my 4th grade teacher at Dowds, then she was my patient for many years and lastly she became my friend. I’ve known her forever and she’s always been a wonderful person. I had many talks with her that were purely genuine. I will forever miss her. My deepest sympathies!

  13. Sandy Shears says:

    I knew this sweet lady from coming in to her Mansfield Dr.’s appointments. She was a light and pleasure. I am so sorry for your loss.

  14. Connie Fry Ament says:

    I want to extend my sympathy to Afo Gean’s family for their loss. My mother, Peggy Fry, taught with her for many years at Dowd’s School and they were great friends, I am sure she will be missed

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