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Nellie M. Jones

Nellie Mae Jones | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home ~ Quincy, Illinois

Nellie Mae Jones, age 78, of Quincy, died Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 2:40 pm in Good Samaritan Home.

Nellie was born December 25, 1939, in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Truman and Rosella Ellis Finney. She married J.R. Jones on April 22, 2004 in Quincy at their home..

She was a 1958 graduate of Quincy High School. Nellie loved to volunteer with the developmental disabled in Quincy. Nellie was very artistic, and always supported the Quincy Fine Arts. She taught ceramics, loved to garden, cook, fish and thrift shopping. Nellie was a very loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She touched the lives of everyone she met.

In addition to her husband, J.R., Nellie is survived by: two daughters, Leslie Rees and Dana Rees-Rives, both of Quincy; three stepchildren, Randy, Jamie, and Mark Rees; her

Nellie Mae Jones | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home ~ Quincy, Illinois

former husband, Edward Rees, of Kincaid, IL; four granddaughters, Emily and Jessica Gallaher, Lillian Dean and Hannah Rives; three great granddaughters, Madeline, Nollie, and Irie; several step grandchildren; a sister, Shirley (Don) Jordan; and a brother, David (Cathy) Finney.

Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Truman Finney, two sisters, Janet Warner, and Margie Maddox, and a dear friend, Barbara Jean.

Graveside Services: 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Greenmount Cemetery with Linda Barta officiating

Inurnment: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Memorials: Area 11 Special Olympics


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. Rest in peace, Nellie. Your warm heart, and delightful (sometimes irreverent) sense of humor will be so missed! You were my first friend when I came to Quincy Jr. High School. By the luck of the alphabet , my name being Foley, I was placed in Miss Ehrhart’s home room with Finney and Gallamore, and you took me under your wing and made the new girl welcome. You taught me to dance (at least well enough for those sock hops etc!!) I’ll miss knowing you are on the planet but will always have special memories of you and think of you enjoying a reunion with good friends and family who have gone before.

  2. Sympathy to your family – Nellie was one of a kind- I met her through my mom – Scharlene-she came into my mom’s life at a time she needed a real friend. Nellie, Marilyn and my mom – what a trio. She was so talented in decorating – would love watching her redo rooms. It is almost like I can hear her talking- she had her special way of making you laugh. She will definitely be missed.

  3. Dear Nellie – so sorry you left before we could see you at our high school reunion. We had know each other since Madison School. What fun memories through all of Jr. And Sen. High. You always were so upbeat!! My memories of you and Trumen dancing on TV – so good!!! You showed me how to iron a dress shirt when your husband had to wear one under a suit coat – iron only the FRONT! Always laughter! We will miss you –

  4. Oh Nellie, just thinking of you and all the good times we’ve had beginning in Jr. High, I feel so fortunate that just two months ago I talked to her on the phone and she was upbeat and planning to come to our High School Reunion. Prim (Jim ) and I treasure the times you visited us when we lived in Kirksville, MO, you were always upbeat, lots of fun, you will certainly be missed. Rest In Peace my friend.

  5. I remember fun times with Nellie from Madison Grade School throughout High School. Will miss her at our upcoming 60th Class Reunion.

  6. Jane and I were saddened to hear of Nellie’s death. Of course, our memories are from years ago all the way back to high school. Be we remember her as fun in many instances always “up to something.” We had lots of laughter with her and this is what we remember. We’ll look forward to seeing her on the other side.

  7. Oh Nellie, what a joy you were to all of us in the class of 58. Especially those of us that spent so much time together in Jr high, and high school. I wanted so much to see you while we were going to be in Quincy for our reunion. You will be greatly missed. 💖😚

  8. Sympathy to Nellie’s family. We remember all the fun times we spent with her in high school. Always their for others. She will be missed.
    Joann and Dick Reichert A(High School friends)

  9. Dear Jay, Dana, Leslie and the rest of Nellie’s Family and Friends,
    We will miss Nellie—-she was a long time friend and our QHS 1958 Classmate. She made our class reunions memorable with her stories about her life, in general. We have an upcoming reunion in September and believe us, she will be missed. She fought the health battle with dignity and acceptance. Her wit, kindness and thoughtfulness will be missed by all whose lives she touched during her 78 years of life. Rest in peace now Nellie!
    As ever,
    Pat & Dick Wentura

  10. Dear Nellie you where a very living, and gracious woman!!! I always considered you as my second mother!! Rest In Peace my sweet angel!!

  11. Prayers for the family! Nellie was an amazing lady! I know as a friend to Dana the MANY weekends Nellie allowed several of us girls to stay all night all weekend long! Those weekends are some of my favorite grade school, junior high memories!

    Once I became a mom and kids would stay all night, I remember thinking Nellie must have been crazy having all us girls stay almost every weekend! 😃

    She truly was awesome & fun! She will be missed.

  12. Nell we will miss how you used to holler at the kids coming home from school
    when you lived at 7th. and Pine. They mentioned it yesterday and the time you
    stayed with us. What great memories we have of you. I think I said it all in the
    writing above. Love you Nell and will miss you forever till we see you again

  13. Oh Nell. How sad we are that you are no longer with us, you were such a loving person always
    The life of the party,you will be so missed by us. We will always remember the times at our house
    On north third st. And Buckhart Sand and Gravel. Also the times you were always there when our kids was sick and we needed you. Never let us down that’s why you were so special, we all could
    Depend on you. The time we drove from Quincy to Springfield with the car lights out and drove by the light of the moon Crazy…these are things and many more that we will remember RIP sweet Nell

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