Born in Pullman Washington, went through school and attended Washington State University. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority.
Her parents boarded WSU students. MaryEllen met Francis Paul Jones while he was attending WSU Veterinarian School. They fell in love and she married him. They had a wonderful life and raise three children. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, and caring friend.
Her first career was in Escondido as a loving mother chasing three kids in a hundred different directions. She was devoted to 4-H, Girl Scouts as a lifelong leader, Civil Air Patrol where she attained the rank of Captain, and flew hundreds of hours as a search pilot and observer looking for downed planes. She was recognized as outstanding female pilot for the CAP California Wing twice.
Then she started another career, after years of volunteering with Eskaton. She went back to school and became an LVN. After retiring Francis and MaryEllen spent many winters in Baja. She got more involved in the community and with the Wilton Bible Church. She became addicted to Bingo and played several times a week. After 93 years she is survived by her children, Cathyrn, Michael, James Gregory, their spouses and her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She has made her last flight.