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DELHI - Shirley Anderson Jones, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on June 24, 2017.
Shirley was born in Oneonta, on Oct. 2, 1922, the daughter of Clifford and Mildred (Butts) Anderson.
She graduated with honors with the Class of 1940 at Oneonta High School, and was secretary of the National Honor Society and captain of the Cheerleaders.
She attended Oneonta Normal School where she was a member of Alpha Kappa Phi Sorority.
On July 7, 1943, she married Newell Freeman Jones, a marriage of 63 years until his passing in 2006.
An accomplished pianist, she was pianist for the Delhi Rebekah Lodge, Delhi Methodist Church Sunday School and also organist for many Delaware Academy graduation ceremonies.
Shirley was also the partner in the Clarke-Jones Dancing School for several years.
In 1957, she became music director at WDOS Radio in Oneonta, where she also hosted two music shows.
Shirley was study hall supervisor at Delaware Academy and then was employed at the State University at Delhi as assistant to the director of the College Union.
In later years, she worked with her friend, Bette Braymer at the Delhi Specialty Shop, where she was known for her beautifully decorated windows.
Shirley is survived by a daughter, Candace and David Robison of San Martin, California; son-in-law, Dr. Fred Rose of Lafayette; three grandsons, Bill and Kelly Rose of Syracuse, Dean and Christina Robison of Gilroy, California and Tracy and Amy Robison of Springfield, Oregon; and six great-grandchildren.
She was also predeceased by a daughter, Judith Rose; her parents; sister, Jean Banta; and grandson, Fred Newell Rose.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 29, in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery, Oneida Street, Oneonta.
To light a candle or send online condolences, visit www.bookhoutfuneral home.com.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Published on June 27, 2017
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