MOUNT VERNON — Etta Jean Jones Wolford, 91, of Mount Vernon passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at the Mount Vernon Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was born May 8, 1927, in Martinsburg, to the late Alex and Pearl (Simpson) Bickel and had spent her lifetime in Knox County. She was a member of the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and most recently attended the Gay Street United Methodist Church.

Jean, or “Ma” as she was called by so many who loved her, fully enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. But her greatest enjoyment was her family. All of her life, Sunday afternoons were spent with any and all family enjoying a cookout during the summer or a home cooked meal the rest of the year. Even after Jean was no longer able to live in the family home, the girls continued taking her there every Sunday for family dinners for four and a half years until she was no longer able and the family home had to be sold to take care of her. Jean loved Christmas and shopping for everyone which gave her much joy even though her list often contained well over 50 names! She also looked forward to her annual beach trip with the girls which they enjoyed for over 30 years and continued until 2013 when Jean was no longer able to make the trip. Jean loved to see the West Virginia capital lights but always had to be awakened in order to enjoy.

Jean was proud to let people know that she lived in Dan Emmett’s house as a child when it was located on South Mulberry Street. She was upset with the controversy over the house actually being Dan Emmett’s and when it was torn down due to a fire and rebuilt with a new design. While her children were in school, Jean participated in the PTO of West Elementary School for many years and served on the board of elections for many, many years. Jean was honored by Mount Vernon City Council on Sept. 25, 2000, for being a neighborhood inspiration. She was a former member of the Amvets, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Women of the Moose and was a life member of the VFW.

Jean is survived by her children Nancy Jean Cook, David Edward Jones, Barbara Jane (Donald) Hamm, Debra Maxine (Garry) Snavely, Ruth Ann (Delbert) Bowman; step sons Arthur “Artie” (Mel) Wolford, Jeffrey (Beth) Wolford; twelve grandchildren, Brant (Kathy) Cook, Doug (Carrie) Cook, Lynette (Randy) Jones, Monette (Jon) Mawer, Tiffany (Ray) Conkle, Tracy (Ed) Bennett, Jamie (Sarah) Hamm, Jason (Kaitlyn) Hamm, Greg (Brandy) Vickers, Staci (Chad) Meyers, Steve (Debbie) Brookover, David Brookover; twenty great-grandchildren; her sister, Maxine (Don) Hinkens; numerous nieces, nephews and many extended family including her “2nd” son, Roger Marra.

In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her first husband, David Jones; her second husband, Arthur Wolford; her brothers, John, Pete and Robert Bickel; her sisters, Pauline Phillips and Sarah Hissong; her daughter-in-law, Joy Jones; and her son-in-law, Ken Cook.

Friends may call Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4-7 p.m. and Friday from 10-11 a.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home. A service will be held Friday, beginning at 11 a.m., with Mr. Roger Marra officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Hospice of Central Ohio.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Etta Jean Jones Wolford.


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