Mary Helen (Jones) BlakelyMarch 11, 1944 ~ November 29, 2017 (age 73)
Ms. Mary Helen Jones Blakely was born March 11, 1944 in Sylvester, Georgia to Evelyn Claitt and Floyd Jones. She was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Harborview Satilla Nursing Home in Waycross, GA.
She accepted Christ in 1977 in Doerun, GA. her church home for many years was F.A.B.C. where she was baptized by Reverend Harris. Mary Helen served as an evangelist, who travelled all over to minister the word of God to many souls.
Mary spent many years as a master seamstress at Tags. She wore many hats such as substitute teacher, bus driver, and manager of two dry cleaners. Many would describe Mary as a strong, independent, outspoken, fearless, phenomenal woman. Her home was the safe haven for many people, some actually resided with her and her family. Although she was perceived as "mean" she possessed a big generous and loving heart.
Mary married her soulmate and love of her life Arthur Blakely on June 23, 1962. Through this marriage they raised ten beautiful children, five were from Arthur's previous marriage.
Preceding Mary in death, her husband Arthur Blakely; son Jeron Blakely, Charlie Jones, Jessie Lewis, and Danny Jones.
Those left to cherish her memory include, her children, James Blakely, Janerial Swiney, Ardie Blakely, Verinda Blakely, Sandra Orage all of Atlanta, GA, Denise Foster, Wanda Blakely both of Brooklyn, NY, Herman Blakely of Savannah, GA and Eric Blakely of Port Wentworth, GA; six brothers, Oscar Lewis (Janice), John Lewis (Katherine), Allen Jones (Twala), Terry Jones (Wanda), Thomas Jones (Thelma), Floyd Jones (Patricia); three sisters, Katherine Maddox (Andrew), Shirley Lee (Willie), and YeJide Shabazz; other sorrowing relatives and friends.