Mary Lynn (Claycomb) Jones passed away peacefully on May 13, 2018, at Valley Hospice (Liza’s Place) in Wheeling, WV with her husband and family by her side.
She was 76 years young and playing tennis up until a stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis in July 2017.
Mary Lynn was born August 19, 1941, to Gladys (Yoho) and Baron Claycomb in Glen Dale, WV.
She was preceded in death by her parents as well as a half-brother Don Riggs and half-sister Norma Stackhouse.
She is survived by husband of 56 years, Wendell Wilke Jones Sr. of Moundsville, WV; two sons, Chris (Gina) Jones of Dublin, OH, Wendell “Butch” (Lori) Jones of Waterford, Ohio; one daughter Jennifer Jones of Lynchburg, Va.; three grandsons; Baron Fortune of Staunton, Va, and Isaac and Aiden Jones of Waterford, Ohio; three granddaughters’ Emily Jones of Marietta, Ohio, Elise Jones of Columbus, Ohio, and Edan Jones of Dublin, Ohio; and one sister, Jane Balderson of Moundsville, WV.
Mary Lynn attended Moundsville High School and graduated in the top 20 of her 1959 class. In 1989, she completed her Associates Degree in Graphics Engineering at West Virginia Northern Community College. She worked at Wheeling Distribution and retired from Scotts Lumber as a Kitchen and Bath Designer in 2003. She and her husband spent their lives as residents of Moundsville where she devoted her life to her family.
Mary Lynn was a diehard sports fan with a passion for baseball; she especially loved the Brooklyn Dodgers. She and her husband spent their retirement years traveling home and abroad including visiting Major League Baseball stadiums and watching baseball. She was far from a passive spectator, playing and coaching softball in her prime and in her senior years playing tennis four times a week in the Wheeling Tennis League. Her competitive spirit was infused in her children’ and grandchildren’s DNA. She loved visiting her grandchildren and watching them play various sports.
Mary Lynn was also an artist, drawing most of the illustrations for her high school yearbook before clip art and graphic design were in vogue. Daily she enjoyed nurturing the vibrant plants in her greenhouse. She treasured many friendships and reveled in time spent withher wonderful friends playing bridge. She would do anything for her family and friends but once the cards were dealt or tennis ball served, she had one goal – to win. She never gave up in sports or in life – she battled to the end.
Mary Lynn Jones made everyone happier and better by being around her.
In lieu of flowers, spend time with your family, play a board game with the kids, watch home movies with the grandkids or have family batting practice at the local ballfield, especially remember her on Mother’s Day.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-6 & 6-8 p.m. at the Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 400 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Wesley Howsare officiating.
Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family at Riverview Cemetery, Moundsville.
Memorial Contributions may be made to 308 Mount de Chantal Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.