Greta was born on March 18, 1939, and passed from this earthly home on April 3, 2018. Her memorial service will be April 28, 2018, at 2:00pm at Monroe's Covenant Presbyterian Church followed by a reception at the church. She requested her body be donated to LSU Medical Science. In lieu of flowers, she requested memorials be sent to one of the following or the charity of personal choice: LFRW's Ginny Martinez Scholarship Fund (via Ouachita Parish Women's Republican Club), Easter Seals Society of La. or Rotary International Foundation c/o Monroe Rotary Club. Honorary pallbearers: Frank Spooner, Judge Robert W. Kostelka, Dr. John Cooksey, Sen. Mike Walsworth, Jeremy Harrell, Luke Letlow, Jason Tiser, Jenson Young, Henry Bateman and Sam Hanna Jr. Predeceased by: Her beloved husband James L. "Jimmy" Jones, her special son James H. (Bud) Jones, her father Ben O. Waller, her mother Vada Pilgreen Waller Norman, her stepfather G. Lloyd Norman and maternal grandmother Mary Washam Williamson. Survived by: Sons: Richard Kevin Jones and wife Judith - Bastrop, La. & Robert Eric Jones and wife Laurie - Melbourne, FL. Daughter: Frances Kay Jones King and husband Tim - McKinney, TX. Grandchildren: Jason Jones & wife Elaine - Katy, TX.; Amy Jones - Chicago, IL.; Ashlee King Fairbairn & husband Michael - Garland, TX.; Amanda Jones Elias & husband Jason - West Monroe; Clinton Jones & Shelby Jones - Melbourne, FL. Great-grandchildren: Liam, Jack, Matilda, Matthew, Max, Stella and Henry Jones; Kate Elias; Mackenzie and Jack Fairbairn. Sister: Gerry Norman Peddy & husband Wayne - Ruston. Brother: Rusty Norman & wife Robin - West Monroe. Sister-in-law: Rose Jones, Gig Harbor, Washington. Special Brother-in-Law: H. E. 'Gene' Hodges - Monroe. Nieces: Kerry Peddy - Monroe, Cynthia Statham - TX., Patricia Lyman - WA, Jill Karr - Lafayette, Jan H. Pritzer - TN. Nephews: Duke Hart, Jr. - Shreveport, W. 'Bill' Jones - WA, Jerry, Ben & Bob Ferguson, Lee Hodges, and Matthew Hodges. Greta hoped to be remembered as having a full life filled with service to Family, Church and her Country. She believed one's highest calling was the giving of one's time and talents to church, family and the USA. While a member of Monroe's First Presbyterian Church, she served as a Ruling Elder, Church Treasurer, Sunday School Class President and Teacher, Historian, and member of Women of the Church where she had served as President of the Women of the Church. A proud, active member of the Republican Party beginning in 1970, Ouachita Parish Women's Republican Club, Louisiana and National Federation of Republican Women in which she was elected to numerous offices. Innovations during her term as LFRW Pres. included establishment of Kurfiss Award, Martinez Scholarship and Magnolia Club. Twenty-Eight Republican women were elected to public office during her LFRW presidency. She was the founding director of "Gal's Golf Classic" - a women's golf tournament benefitting Easter Seals and conducted by OPWRC. An elected delegate to the '76 and '80, Republican National Conventions, she was the only La. woman appointed by Pres. GHW Bush to be an At -Large Delegate to the '92 RNC convention. She actively campaigned for many candidates, including presidential candidates, US Congressmen, US Senators, LA Governors, LA Representatives, LA Senators, LA Secretaries of State, LA Lieutenant Governors, LA Insurance Commissioners, LA Judicial candidates and local sheriff candidates. Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed her to the La. Board of Parole where she served as Board Vice Chairman. Gov. David Treen appointed her to the La. Tourism Development Commission where she served as Commission Vice Chairman. She was appointed to the Ouachita Expressway Authority where she served as Secretary. She proudly told those who asked that she was the woman from 'Downtown Haile in Union Parish'. She was a Haile Elementary School, Linville High School and Bish Mathis Institute graduate, and an alumna of ULM and Bossier Parish Community Colleges. Greta was a graduate and instructor of numerous Republican leadership, polling and campaign schools. Greta met her beloved husband Jimmy while employed at Commercial Solvents Corporation in Sterlington. They were blessed with 50 years of marriage. Traveling, spending time with family and friends, growing camellias and collecting elephants were some of her hobbies. She believed her life to be especially blessed with Jimmy Jones as her husband but also with wonderful friends and family.
Published in The Advocate from Apr. 18 to Apr. 28, 2018.