Mrs. John L. Jones, nee Simkins



Iron County Record, Friday, December 14, 1906

Death of Useful Woman - Mrs. John L. Jones Quits this Life, Leaving Large Posterity


In the death of Mrs. John L. Jones, who died at the home of her son, Samuel B. Jones, in this city last Sunday, Cedar City and Iron County loses a useful woman, and one who held the respect of all her acquaintances. Death was the result of chronic catarrh of the stomach, from which the deceased had been a sufferer for years, but she was only severely ill for four or five days. The end came suddenly and unexpectedly.

Funeral services were held from the Cedar tabernacle Tuesday afternoon, a large number of friends and relatives being present to show their last respects.

The speakers [. . . several lines unreadable . . .] All spoke in the highest terms of the departed sister. Mrs. Walker had been especially well acquainted with the deceased, living close neighbor to her for a number of years, and bore eloquent testimony to her chastity and sterling qualities of character. Professor Cosslett and the choir were in attendance and furnished pathetic music. President U. T. Jones dedicated the grave.

Deceased was the daughter of James and Jane Kirkbride Simkins, and was born in Newton, Lee Willows, England, Nov. 3, 1845. While still a babe, she emigrated with her parents to America, their first stopping place being St. Louis. When a small girl they came on to Utah and when the call was made to settle Iron County, they were among the first to respond. James Simkns, being an iron worker of experience, was called here to assist in manufacturing iron from the deposits of this county.

At the age of fifteen years, Miss Simkins became the wife of John L. Jones. For eight or ten years, they made their home in Cedar, when they moved to Enoch, and have resided there ever since. She became the mother of 14 living children, 9 of whom survive her. She also leaves a posterity of 43 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

In ecclesiastical affairs, Sister Jones was always active. For a number of years she was president of the Primary association at Enoch and a prominent worker in the Relief Society. She was a kind mother, a dutiful wife, and a faithful church member.


submitted by Kathie Marynik