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OBITUARY: Mary Lee Harlow Jones, 81, of Sunrise Beach dies March 19, 2014

Mary Lee Harlow Jones, 81, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in San Antonio. A service is 2 p.m. March 22 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Eastland. Burial will follow in Eastland City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Mary Lee Harlow Jones was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Dan Horn Community (Mitchell) in Eastland County, Texas, to Charles Augustus and Corrie (Snellgrove) Harlow. The family moved to Carbon, Texas, in 1937. Mary Lee graduated from Carbon High School in 1950. Upon graduating high school, Mary Lee began working as an operator for the Southwestern Bell Phone Co. in Eastland. She married Robert Newton Jones on Aug. 27, 1955, at Corinth Baptist Church in Cisco, Texas. Mary Lee continued to work for the phone company until 1957.

Mary Lee was raised in the Primitive Baptist Church and was baptized into the Southern Baptist Church in Big Spring, Texas, in 1951 at the age of 18. In 1970, Mary Lee became a member of First Baptist Church of Lubbock, Texas, where her membership remained for the rest of her life.

Mary Lee spent most of her life as a homemaker and mother. She lived most of her life in Lubbock, having resided there for 29 years. Upon Robert’s retirement in 1992, they spent half their time at their home in Cortez, Colo., as well as Lubbock, before finally moving to Sunrise Beach, Texas, in 1996, where she lived for 17 years. There, Mary Lee was a member of the Llano County Republican Women as well as a supporter and volunteer worker for the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. Mary Lee and Robert spent a great deal of time camping, fishing, deer hunting, rock hunting and traveling.

Mary Lee was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Robert Newton Jones; sisters Charley Faye Archer and Nadenia Mae Meglasson; half‐brother, Byron W. Harlow; and half‐sister, Jonnie Pearl Ward.

Mary Lee is survived by son, Bobby D. Jones of Austin; daughter and son‐in‐law, Vicki and George Spillman of San Antonio; two grandchildren, Leslie Spillman of San Antonio and Lindsey Spillman of San Antonio; and several nieces and nephews.