CHEROKEE – Maureen D. Jones, 79, of Cherokee, Iowa, passed away Tuesday morning, January 28, 2014 in the Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, February 3rd, at 11 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Pastor Jane Johnston will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee at a later date. There will be a family prayer service at 10:45 a.m. at the church on Monday. It was Maureen’s wish to be cremated and there be no visitation. The Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee is handling the arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

Maureen (Mike) was born on May 1, 1934 at Whittemore, Iowa to Morris & Ida (Lottman) Mallory. She attended Storm Lake Public School and Aurelia Grade School, graduating from Aurelia High School in 1952 where she was very proud of being an outstanding basketball guard! She was married to Gary Jones on February 27, 1954 in Oakland, California. They were divorced in 1972. She was a dental assistantand then worked at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute for many years, retiring in 1996.

Maureen had an enormous soft spot for those less fortunate and was always thinking of others. She often baked goodies for friends and neighbors, shared flowers from her garden, tended to many gravesites for family members of friends who lived out of the area and volunteered countless hours, especially at all the area nursing homes. Sitting still just was not in her nature!

She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, loved to cook, garden, play Yahtzee and watch sports, especially her beloved Iowa Hawkeyes! Maureen loved life and her cheerful smile and ever-present positive attitude will be greatly missed!

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Dale Mallory, Ed Mallory and his wife Alice; a sister Lois in infancy; a brother-in-law Sam Lynn.

She is survived by her four children: Steve Jones and his wife Barbara of Twin Lakes, Iowa; Gary Jones of Cave Creek, Arizona; Tammy Livingston and her husband Kirby of Lakeland, Minnesota; DeeAnn Sommers and her husband Jerry of Lakeland, Minnesota; 9 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; a sister Jerry Lynn of Michigan City, Indiana; a sister-in-law Jadzia Mallory of Menomonie, Wisconsin; also several nieces and nephews and many friends.