October 23, 1953 – October 2, 2022
On Sunday, October 2, 2022 Carol Jean Jones, of Lawson, passed peacefully in her home at the age of 68 surrounded by loved ones. Carol’s nursing staff told us, “All people die, but we have never seen someone hold on as long as she did; she was a fighter who fought with so much grace, dignity, integrity, and courage never complaining or questioning, “Why me” as she put one foot in front of the other battling what she knew from the start was an incurable cancer.”
Carol was born on October 23, 1953, in Warrenton, MO, the sixth of nine children of Melvin Harold and Ida Mae Polston. Her parents and one brother, Jerry Lee, preceded her in death.
She was caring, generous, and loving and much loved in return. Carol would want all of us to remember her with a smile rather than with tears. She would want us to find comfort in knowing she is free from pain and home with her Heavenly Father. Carol was clear eyed about death, however torn between leaving her soulmate, children, and grandchildren to join her savior and her family gone before her. She was happiest on holidays spent in the kitchen, sometimes days or even weeks in advance preparing for a day filled with everyone she loved crowded around the table. Carol will always continue to bring sunshine into our lives whether through the glimpse of a hummingbird humming by or the sight of a beautiful quilt. We will miss her sense of humor, her contagious smile, her warm hugs, and that laugh that would light up a room. She will be deeply loved forever and will never be forgotten. Carol Jean was that “one in a million” special kind of person.
Carol is survived by her true soulmate and the love of her life, Bruce L. Jones of Lawson. She was the sparkle in his eye, and he was her knight and shining armor. They were united in marriage on April 7, 1979, and just celebrated their 43rd year of marriage. They were a romantic, through thick and thin couple, dancing to songs they grew up on, holding hands, and standing by each other’s side until the very end.
Carol also leaves behind four beloved children, Travis James Buxton (and wife Jocelyn) of Odessa, MO, and Miranda Jean Gray (and husband Joshua) of Holt, MO. Those who knew Carol knew that her five granddaughters were her entire world, Ramey Isabel Buxton (25); Rylan Marie Buxton (22); Gracie James Buxton (19); Faith Gabriella Gray (17); Hope Christella Gray (15). Carol also leaves behind 7 siblings, Melvin Harold (Cherry) Polston Jr. of Bowling Green, MO, Donna Marie (Charlie) Fleahman of Jonesburg, MO, Barbara Ann Sebacher of Jonesburg, MO, Lora Mae (Red) Adams of Warrenton, MO, Mary Ellen Ludy of Clarksville, TN, Rita Lynn Gill of New Haven, MO, and Sherri Kay (Randy) Holloway of Jonesburg, MO; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and cherished friends. She will be greatly missed by all.
Visitation will be held at Bross and Spidle Funeral Home, 214 N. Pennsylvania, Lawson, Missouri on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be held at Rayville Christian Union Church, 14459 Hwy. C, Rayville, MO, on Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rayville Christian Union Church Youth or Missions’ programs.
Our Sincere Condolences
Dear Miranda and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a parent is difficult, but knowing she is at peace is a blessing. Our prayers are with you all now and in the days to come.
In our thoughts,
Daniel and Elizabeth Przybylski
So sorry to hear of her passing but know that she is out of pain and in a much nicer place. Having just lost my mom to cancer I know it really hurts but knowing where she went helps alot. Remember the good times because knowing her I’m sure there were many!
Bruce and Family, Terry and I are so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. We are all happy that her suffering is over — it’s just so hard to know she is gone. We pray for peace and strength for the entire family in Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen
Terry and Joyce Karraker
Miranda and Family, I am praying for you all during your time of loss. Know that we are thinking of you.
Miranda, Joshua, and girls
So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and comfort in the loving arms of Jesus.
Bruce and family,
May God give you His comfort and grant you peace in knowing Carol is no longer in pain. We will miss our sweet dear friend and that wonderful laugh and cherish all our memories with her. Sending love and hugs.
Ron & Isabel Gray
So sorry for you and your family, may the Lord provide comfort and peace to you in this time of loss.
Louis & Pam Appel
So sorry to hear of your loss Bruce. Praying for you and all of your family at this time that God would carry you all by His amazing grace, grant you a deep comfort and the peace that passes all understanding and that His Spirit will keep your hearts and minds fixed on Jesus who welcomed your bride into glory!
Miranda, Josh, Faith, Hope, and Bruce – Our sincerest condolences on Carol’s passing. It was a pleasure to get to know her and see how much she cared for all of you.
My prayers are with your family my dear friend. You raised them to be strong individuals as you were. Remember our youth? They will be ok. I hope that you are in a better place. Till we meet again. Love you Blue!
Donna Ruether Cameron