Willa Mae (Foster) Jones

February 14, 1927 ~ May 12, 2019 (age 92)

Willa Mae Jones, was born February 14th, 1927 in Forkland, Alabama to the late George and Rosie Gray Foster.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband of 33 years, Thomas Emanuel Jones Sr. 


Willa Mae was the oldest of seven children.  She was preceded in death by her brothers George Foster Jr. and Eddie Foster and her sister Matilda Hill. 


Willa Mae graduated in 1946 from Vandergrift High School and later moved to  Coraopolis, Pennsylvania where she worked at several companies.  In 1961, she began working for the Borough of Coraopolis Police Department as a school Crossing Guard, a career that she prospered in for 57 years.  She also served on the board for the Coraopolis Library and was a member of the Altrusa Club of Coraopolis.


Willa Mae professed her life to Jesus Christ and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church for over 60 years where she served as both a Usher and Trustee.


On July 2nd, 1949 she was united in holy matrimony to Thomas Emanuel Jones Sr.  and to this union, three children were born; Thomas Emanuel Jr., Tanya Denise, and Robert Eric. 


Willa Mae was very outspoken and generous with her time, feeding many members of the Coraopolis community.  She was always willing to help those in need by going the extra mile.  In her free time, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, cleaning and walking down to McDonalds for coffee three days a week.  She was well loved and many referred to her as (Nanny Jones).


On Sunday May 12, 2019 she was called home to receive her wings.  She loved and trusted the Lord.   It is comforting to know that she is now at peace, resting with her Savior.


Willa Mae is survived by her sisters Marie M. Stewart of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Evelyn Tucker of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, and Henrietta Jones of El Paso, Texas; her son Thomas Emanuel Jr., her daughter Tanya Denise, and her son Robert Eric; her grandchildren Diallo Bryant, Alexis Alexander, Constance Jones, and Cameron Houston (John); her great-grandchildren Cierra, Diallo Jr., Donte, Diyani, Kodee and Char-Lynne Mae; three great-great-grandchildren; her godchildren Sherrie Holloway of Reston, Virginia, Dionne Reid of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. 


Visitation Friday 2-4, 6-8 at Copeland’s Coraopolis, 867 Fifth Ave. Further visitation at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1201 Hiland Ave., Coraopolis, PA 15108 from 9 AM until time of service at 10 AM. Burial will follow at Coraopolis Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in her name to the American Cancer Society.



Donations may be made to:

American Cancer Society

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