Laura Ann Jones passed into glory on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. Born June 29, 1964, to the late Carrie and Matthew T. Jones, Laura Ann Jones embodied the true essence of a loving and giving spirit throughout her lifetime.
Laura’s educational journey led her through Akron Public Schools, where she attended both South High and Kenmore High School. Following her passion for caregiving, she obtained her Ohio State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) license, dedicating her life to a meaningful career in long-term care, particularly for the elderly. Her compassionate nature knew no bounds, and she selflessly offered her last to anyone in need.
A devoted caregiver, Laura worked at various nursing facilities, including Windsong of Copley and Summit Villa. Her commitment extended beyond professional realms as she tirelessly cared for her disabled son, her father, and her mother before they passed on. Laura’s caregiving spirit shone brightly until she could no longer continue due to the battle she faced. Laura’s faith remained unwavering even as she faced the challenging 10-year battle with Multiple Myeloma (bone and blood cancer). She transitioned from this world, not in defeat, but as the Lord chose to take over the battle.
Laura was a pillar of strength in her community, known for her boundless love and kindness. Her involvement with the West Side Prayer Band and Abundant Life Center Church reflected her deep spiritual connection. Laura’s culinary skills were renowned, especially for her chicken and dressing, banana pudding, and the unforgettable pinto beans and neckbones. Her love for gospel music, with Yolanda Adams and Toni Braxton as her favorite artists, added a melodious touch to her life. Laura was known for her prayer services in the home and her compassionate neighborhood prayers. Her hobbies included fishing, and her unwavering faith in church remained a cornerstone of her life.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Carrie and Matthew Jones, and siblings, Carrie Lee, Denise, and Bridgette Jones; beloved son Melvin R. Jones; granddaughter, Kamarra, and longtime partner Melvin R. Brown; aunts, Queen Cole, Louise Alford and Sadie Wilson.
Laura is survived by her brothers, Sam (Mary) Jones and Michael (Tracey) Jones, both of Akron OH, daughters, Katesha Jones, Shanice Jones, and Iesha Jones continue her legacy, along with twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of Akron OH. Special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends join in cherishing the memory of a truly exceptional soul.
As we celebrate the life of Laura Ann Jones, let us remember her as a beacon of love, resilience, and Afrocentric spirit. May her legacy continue to inspire us to extend kindness, love, and care to one another, just as she did throughout her beautiful journey on this Earth. Rest in power, dear Laura.