Uvon Jones, 91, of Ogden, Iowa, passed away on Monday, August 26, at her home in Ogden with family by her side. She had fought a fierce battle with a failing heart for the past several years.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 30, at the Community United Methodist Church in Ogden. Rev. Gary Hoyt will officiate. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery in Ogden. Visitation will be Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the church. For online obituaries and condolences please visit: www.carsonstappfuneralhome.com
Lela Uvon Stephens was born on September 17, 1921, near Hatfield, Mo., the fourth of five daughters to Fred Warren and Medie Rose (Parsons) Stephens. Her childhood days were spent around Ridgeway, Mo., where she graduated from high school and met the love of her life.
She was married to Robert Owen Jones on August 1, 1940, in Savannah, Mo. And the couple had two daughters. They were married 61 years before his death in 2001. Their first home was in Kansas City, Mo., where Robert was a meat cutter and Uvon worked at the Kreske five-and-dime store. Following his passion for farming, they moved the family to Woodward, Iowa, in 1946 to run the Iowa Gold Guernsey Farm. This lead to their final move to Ogden, where Uvon was the right-hand woman, chief cook and bottle washer. Her mission in life was to be a good wife, raise her two daughters and attend all their activities.
She was a 4-H leader, Ogden P.T.A. secretary and assistant with the National Corn Growers Association and Beef Producers events. She was also one of the best haulers of grain from farm to market. When her four grandsons came along, she was always invested in their growth and well being. The light of her later years was following the activities of her great-grandchildren. It would be hard to count the number of Little Leagues games, school events and dance recitals she gladly attended. She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church since 1955, where she served in many circles and led Bible study groups and summer Bible school.
Uvon is survived by two daughters, Bernetta "Bea" Purk Cannon of Sun Lakes, AZ, and Bonna Kay Church of Ogden, IA; four grandsons, Dr. Jeffery Purk, Steven (Maureen) Purk, Scott (Gina) Church, Danny Church; six great-grandchildren, Preston, Carter, and Reagan Church, Talon Church, Own and Jillian Purk; one sister, Bonnie Cronin of Raleigh, NC; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and three sisters, Wanda Lee Stephens, Ruby Grace Meloy and Reva June Smith.
Memorials may be sent to American Heart Association, Community United Methodist Church or Alzheimer’s Association.