Carol Dawson Jones was born in Oklahoma City, August 9, 1933 and passed from this Earth May 13, 2021 after a lengthy illness.
Carol was the first child of Lucile Quay Dawson and Keith S. Dawson. She was raised in the Christian faith encouraged by her paternal and maternal grandmothers (Christian Scientist and Methodist respectively). In her youth, Carol lived in Oklahoma City as well as St Petersburg, Fla. while her father served in the war effort. She primarily attended Oklahoma City public schools including Roosevelt and Central High School. She attended business college and entered the workforce at a young age. Carol worked at John A. Brown department store and Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. Working at the chamber she met Charles E. Jones. After a brief courtship they were married on March 17, 1967. They honeymooned in Maine and the Canada Expo of 67. During her married life Carol worked at the Oklahoma State Capitol in many administrative capacities. As the wife of a Savings and Loan lobbyist Carol graciously hosted countless trips and hospitality events. They loved entertaining and traveling together.
In 1969, Charles and Carol welcomed their only child, Marjorie. Together the family had adventures, first moving to Evanston, Il then Winter Park Fla. and returned to Oklahoma City in the late 1980’s. Carol continued to work outside the home and retired from Oklahoma County Assessor’s office. Sometime during these years Carol garnered the nickname “Dolly” and it stuck. Carol had a second career working as Westley Methodist Church’s secretary for many years. Upon her second retirement Carol continued to volunteer her time generously at Wesley teaching Sunday school, catering church events and the Whiz Kids mentoring program. Carol was also active in a weekly Bible study for many years with a close-knit group. Carol was a P.E.O. serving many roles in her chapter.
When her Grandson Jake was born, Dolly was pivotal to his upbringing. From caring for him daily as an infant to running the “Dolly Trolley” and picking Jake up from grade school. They had an incredibly close bond. Many trips to Braums for ice cream are lasting memories for Jake. She loved watching him grow up and he always brought a smile to her face.
Carol helped raise her two nieces (Pam, Susan) and nephew (Ricky). She was a fixture in the kitchen at every family event – serving others and helping with the daunting dishes. That is the heart of her character, serving others, loving, witty with a fantastic vocabulary. She was active in B&F Sunday school, preparing/delivering Mobile meals and a variety of other church related volunteerism. Carol had manners and social graces. The family joke is that condiment bottles were never placed on the table. Family meals were important and so was a proper place setting. She doted on Marjorie until her passing; always her champion, advocate and supporter even through the veil of Dementia.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles E Jones; her little brother, Richard Dawson and niece Susan (Dawson) Wightman. She is survived by her daughter, Marjorie (Jones) Cobb, son in law, Kevin Cobb and grandchild Jake Cobb. Carol was comforted, cared for and supported through the years by her niece Pam Cobb (Oklahoma City). Carol enjoyed a loving relationship with Charlie’s children Mike Jones (CO) and Susan Vineyard (OR). She is survived by countless friends and family whether by blood or choice she loved them all greatly.
The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude for the caregivers at Quail Ridge Legacy Memory Care and Traditions Hospice. A private interment will be held at Memorial Park. A celebration of Carol’s life will be held at a later date for friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mobile Meals or to a charity of choice.