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Linda Lou (Rumfelt) Jones

Linda Lou (Rumfelt) Jones, 62, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2008, at her home in Springfield, Missouri.

She was born March 24, 1946, in Springfield to Aubrey and Thelma (Caughran) Rumfelt. She graduated from Seymour High School, where she was valedictorian and a drum majorette for the band. She was also a Rainbow Girl.  She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southwest Missouri State College, and later taught junior high social studies in Marshfield and Springfield.

She married Donald W. Jones, formerly of Cabool, Missouri, on February 18, 1968.

She was a longtime member of King’s Way United Methodist Church, where she served as president of the United Methodist Women. As a certified lay speaker, she was a guest preacher in a number of Methodist churches throughout southwest Missouri.

She was also active in Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA), serving as president and as co-chair of the Gift Gallery. She was a life member and past president of Ozark Genealogical Society. She was also a member of University of Missouri’s Jefferson Club and was to be inducted into Drury University’s Harwood Club in October. 

Linda approached life with spirit, grace, and a warm sense of humor. Loved ones describe her as generous, vibrant and devoted. Linda was defined by her faith in Christ and her love of her friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Don, and her son, Aaron, both of Springfield; her daughter, the Rev. Aubrietta Jones and her husband, the Rev. Jeff Warrick of Cabot, Arkansas; a sister, Rosalie Carlton and husband Scott Carlton; a nephew. Scott Pope and wife Cindy of Ozark, Missouri; a great-nephew, James T. Pope; a great-uncle, Homer Caughran and wife Louise; brother-in-law Gary Jones of Nixa, Missouri, and his children, Lori Kimball, Brent Jones and Brad Jones; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Roy and Karen Jones of Gainesville, Missouri, and their daughter, Jackie Jones; cousins Sara Patterson and Rachel Tucker and their families; cousin Bobby Smith and his family; and many cousins and countless friends.

At the visitation held on Monday, July 21, and the funeral held on Tuesday, July 22, nearly 600 people joined the family in celebrating Linda’s life.  Both the visitation and funeral were held at King’s Way United Methodist Church, and a graveside service was held in Marshfield, Missouri, with the Rev. Jon Spalding presiding. Services were under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Linda (Rumfelt) Jones Memorial Scholarship, c/o Alumni and Development Office, Drury University, 900 N. Benton, Springfield, MO 65802.