March 6, 1923 - November 15, 2021
Virginia Beach- Frances Shirley Wolfe Jones, age 98, passed away in Va. Beach, VA on November 15, 2021. She was born in March 1923 in Norfolk, VA to Nile and Emily (Sitser) Wolfe. Shirley grew up in the small village of Kempsville, VA in the heart of Va. Beach, where she graduated from Kempsville High School in 1940. She played on the girl’s basketball team, earning her letter in 1938 and was co-captain her senior year.
In 1944, she married Marvin Bruce Jones, a Navy seaman she had met on a bus traveling to visit friends in North Carolina. They were married in San Diego after the war and together they had two daughters and built a life in Princess Anne County. Shirley was creative and multi-talented and she used those skills to become an active member of her community, joining and volunteering in numerous organizations. She was a member of Kempsville Baptist Church from 1929 to the present, serving in a variety of roles including Sunday school teacher, leader of the BYPU and coordinator of the church kitchen throughout her years there. She also played a major role the church’s annual Easter cantata in the 1960’s. She helped design costumes and stage-managed the activities of those who participated.
She was a 70+ year member of the GFWC Kempsville Women’s Club, serving as President and in other offices. She received the Jenny June Leadership Award for the state of Virginia while a member. She was the leader of Girl Scout Troop 231, mentoring the girls in that organization from Brownies through Senior Girl Scouts and led the first Mariner Girl Scout Troop in the area. She also taught kindergarten at Fair Meadows private school for several years in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
She and Bruce were founding members of the VA Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s volunteer organization. She served as both a docent and a volunteer there until her health declined. Always the leader, she quickly became a Shift Captain, organizing where her crew needed to be to give visitors their best experience. She continued to work for the Aquarium at home creating scrapbooks that document the history of the center. Her talent for teaching, organizing and creating projects was greatly appreciated by the museum. The volunteer room at the VA Aquarium is named for Shirley and Bruce as a tribute to their endless hours of service.
Being a grandmother and great-grandmother was one of her great joys and having her grandsons come to spend time with her each summer gave her much pleasure. She and Bruce made sure the boys had plenty of time to go to the beach, fish for crabs and visit Bush Gardens and other fun places in the area. Later in life she was able to visit her great-grandchildren in Texas on occasion.
Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Bruce, her parents, Nile and Emily Wolfe, her sister, Doris Wolfe Baker and her grandson, Nathan Smith. She is survived by her sister, Audrey Wolfe Davis (Billy), daughters Sharon Jones Ogden (David) and Karen Jones Phimister (Stephen); 3 grandchildren, Matthew Shea (Niki), Kevin Shea (Samantha), Conner Ogden; 4 great-grand children, Mia and Brodie Shea (Matthew), Briley and Declan Shea (Kevin), and numerous other family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. To honor Shirley’s life, donations may be made to The VA Aquarium or to The Girls Scouts of the Colonial Coast.
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