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Anne Jones passed away

Folk Music Friends -

It is with a sad heart that we must share with you that Anne Jones passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 11, 2011, after a six month battle with the recurrence of cancer. Her husband Tom, her daughter Cathy, and two of her three sons were with her throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday, with her third son arriving on Tuesday. She died peacefully in her sleep with her family by her side, and with one of her favorite CDs playing. Anne had visits from many friends in the several days before she passed, and her family played CD's and sang, thus filling Anne's heart and head with familiar songs and friendly voices.


Anne Jones was known primarily for her role as guitar teacher at the Jones Family Music School, although she also played autoharp and Appalachian dulcimer. She had a beautiful and powerful singing voice, along with an ability to remember words to an amazing array of songs. This, along with her powerful, steady guitar playing style, made her a natural for leading jam sessions, which she did often in her 40 plus years of involvement in the folk music scene of the Western suburbs of Chicago. Anne performed as part of the Jones Family String Band with her husband Tom and daughter Cathy. She was also an active member of the Plank Road All Volunteer String band and was an active promoter of the many folk music societies in the Western suburbs.

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Anne's second favorite activity was quilting and sewing. While Anne took great joy in creating items as gifts for friends and family, she has left her stamp throughout the Jones home as well. After Anne's official retirement from teaching guitar, she enjoyed her weekly "sewing group" get-togethers, where she would work with friends on sewing quilts, knitting and crocheting a variety of items and other sewing projects. All of Anne's family and many friends have commented on how much they treasure their gifts of items made by Anne. (Please see the pictures on the Photos tab for more samples of Anne's handiwork.)

mom with quilt    wesleys quilt - large

Anne is survived by her husband, Tom, her four children and six grandchildren and a grand-daughter-in-law.
The Jones family appreciates all the heartfelt messages of sympathy and rememberance that have been received so far.  Sympathy messages are appreciated (no flowers please) and can be sent to: 36 E Hickory St, Lombard, IL or to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and/or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

From Plank Road Folk Music Society:  This is obviously a very difficult time for the Jones Family, as well as for the wider folk music community who have lost a dear friend and kindred music soul. Please keep Anne's family in your thoughts and prayers. As you remember Anne and the Jones Family, you may want to revisit this article at:

The last line of the article is quite appropriate for this time - "When asked if there was anything the Jones Family wanted to say to the folk music community through this article, they said: "Tell `em we love `em." I'm sure the feeling is mutual."
Last Updated ( Saturday, 31 August 2013 13:38 )

Plank Road Recognizes the Jones School with an Award

The Plank Road Folk Music Society awarded the Jones Family School a plaque in recognition of contributions to folk music in the western suburbs of Chicago. The ceremony took place at the Log Cabin in Lombard during the society's annual meeting in January 2009 during a pickin' party with society members. Also recognized was Marianne Mohrhusen, the society's past president and tireless advocate for folk music, notably as caller for the organization's barn dances at the Two Way Street Coffeehouse. Carol Sommer was given a thank you for generous hospitality in hosting house concerts and society get-togethers, and as an officer and board member.  Special recognition was given Juel Ulven for the many years of dedication as director of the Fox Valley Folklore Society and organizer of the annual Fox Valley Folk Festival.


Last Updated ( Monday, 09 November 2009 23:10 )

Music For Life Alliance Award

The "Making a Difference" Award was given to the Jones Family Music School by the Music For Life Alliance in recognition of the school's contribution to music education. The school's most illustrious alumnus, Muriel Anderson, presented a plaque and a grant to Anne and Tom Jones at the intermission of Muriel's annual Thanksgiving Homecoming guitar concert in Downers Grove Saturday Nov 29th.

Also recognized were the Guitars in the Classroom program and the Old Town School of Folk Music . Following was a special introduction of members of the King College Prep High School who have been invited to the presidential inaugural next month.

Anne Jones began youth guitar classes in 1966 on her front porch in Chicago's west suburban Glen Ellyn bungalow. As her children grew into grade school, she volunteered with her guitar as "music lady" in their classrooms. In the 1970's this was a pioneer effort as the guitar was considered "not proper" by music educators. However, Anne was increasingly popular with students and teachers alike, and was given a "Thumbody" award with the thumbprints of the hundreds of students she had led in song. At the peak of this popularity, Anne was teaching guitar to a hundred children from Glen Ellyn schools each week after school and weekends both at home and through park districts and several YMCAs. For more history, click the Joneses on the menu.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 November 2009 23:10 )

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