Jo Eleanor Jones

Jo Eleanor Jones


September 9, 1936 - April 20, 2022


Jo Eleanor Jones, 85, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at her home under hospice care in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 1:30 PM Tuesday, April 26, at Faith Missionary Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Rock Creek Cemetery in Hanson County. Visitation will be Monday from 6-8:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 7:00 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

She was born September 9, 1936, to Steve and Rosalie (Butterworth) Jones in McVeigh, Kentucky. She attended and graduated from college in Ohio. 

Education was her passion, and she taught in various schools in North Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, Ohio, and Mexico.

Missionary work was also very dear to her heart. In 1982, she went to Papua New Guinea for 18 years. While there she taught at the Papua New Guinea Bible Institute and later at the Tambul Christian Academy. At Tambul, Miss Jones helped start the Academy with 14 students. That school now has over 200 students. In 2000, Jo Eleanor returned to the States, and in 2005 returned to South Dakota where she began teaching once again at Faith Bible School.

Jo Eleanor is survived by her brother, Frank of Circleville, OH, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Clayton and Lowell; and nephew, Stevie Jones.



Monday, April 25, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
7:00 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Tuesday, April 26, 2022
1:30 PM
Faith Missionary Church
1029 E 6th Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Rock Creek Cemetery
Hanson County, SD

Posted by Martha Carney on April 26, 2022
My memories of Aunt Jo Is her sweet smile and her quite voice..She enjoyed taking pictures. She loved her cats. I remember she brought some with her on one of her visits to Ohio. She loved ice cream. And loved being around children. She was a pleasure to be with. Her work for God on this earth is finished and she is collecting her rewards in Heaven. Beautiful lady.
Posted by Susie Jones on April 26, 2022
Miss Jo,. I know you are having a awesome visit with Jesus. I know you been waiting and wanting this for a long time. I'm so glad I was able to know you. You didn't make it home very often but when you did it was awesome and we all love your stories and your wisdom .You we're a total blessing to anyone you meet. We love you and will miss you but know you are better off than us. Love you Jo Dave Jones family
Posted by Denise Raisch on April 26, 2022
Sr. Jones was a special friend. We worked with her at Pabarabuk and helped our daughters with reading. She was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Posted by Jerry & Becky Schenck on April 25, 2022
Miss Jo was an amazing lady! She was so knowledgeable about so many things. We were privileged to have her as our neighbor and fellow missionary at Tambul in Papua New Guinea. She loved people, especially her students. She loved her goats and other animals. And she surely had a home remedy for about any ailment that we had, including putting Vicks on your feet and sleeping with socks on for a cold/sore throat. :) I think perhaps one of the most amazing things that I remember about her was the volume of beautiful singing that would come out of her mouth! Can you imagine the singing going on in Heaven and how big and beautiful her smile must be now? May her legacy live on in the lives of the many people she has touched in her lifetime! We love you, Miss Jo, and plan to meet you in Heaven someday!
Posted by Jeff and Steff Rose on April 25, 2022
She was a lady full of knowledge and wisdom! It was a privilege to serve on the same station with her for several years. She loved people! The only time I ever saw her cry was with Tears of joy talking about her Lord and Savior.
Posted by Steve & Linda Sturtevant on April 25, 2022
It was Sis. Jones conversation concerning PNG that the Lord first spoke to me about going there as a missionary. --Linda
Posted by Bob Justus on April 25, 2022
I got to know Jo Eleanor through my wife Jo Ann (Jones) Justus. She was Jo Ann's Aunt, and my friend. When she did come to Ohio, she often stayed with us. I really enjoyed talking with her, we talked for hours about everything. She was very wise, and I learned a lot from her. I also believe her rewards will be Great in Heaven, what an awesome lady. We'll miss you Jo Eleanor.
Posted by Stacy Hanson on April 24, 2022
She was my teacher at Faith Bible School she was a very good teacher she will be greatly be missed.
Posted by Rebecca Porowe on April 24, 2022
Sister Jo Eleanor Jones was a lovely missionary who left all her immediate families and friends back home in USA and came to PNGBI to be my friend and my teacher. Thankyou God for sending missionaries like her and others who lay down their lives and taught of me in those days. I was searching for her on fb but I couldn't get hold her until now she is gone. I love you so much sister Jones. May your soul rest in peace.
Posted by Esther J Hershey on April 23, 2022
A little country girl who rose to the highest gift of following JESUS. This lady of a wonderful characteristic determined that nothing would stop her from doing her best for Jesus. Welcome home my child.
Posted by Bettyhunsucker on April 23, 2022
She was my aunt she was a beautiful lady inside and out going to miss her praying for her family and friends God be with you all
Posted by Beverly S Barr on April 23, 2022
Jo Eleanor was a fellow missionary with us in P.N.G. She lived a very sacrificial life so she could help the students financially. She loved every one of her students as if they were her own children. I know her reward will be great in Heaven. It was a great privilege to know and work with her. Enjoy your garden with Jesus, Jo.
Posted by Valeda Witter Day on April 22, 2022
Ms Jones was my teacher in 9th and 10th grade and introduced me to playing the trumpet. She had an overriding desire to follow Christ and desire to teach no matter the costs. I remember in biology class she allowed a student to bring in a stillborn piglet for us to dissect. Iโ€™ve a sweet memory of her playing softball with the high schoolers. Iโ€™m sure her Savior said โ€˜well done thou good and faithful servantโ€™. I know her lovely smile is a full blown grin at the glories of heaven. To her family, thanks for sharing her with the rest of us. May God comfort you now and in the days ahead.
Posted by Lynn TerMeer .,,,,,, on April 22, 2022
JoEleanor ,,,,I got to know her just before she left the states ,,,, Such a Sweet Lady ,,, THE I MOVED INTO THE SAME APR COMPLEX & We Visited ,,, I Loved TALKING & Listen to Her ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ She was like a Earthy Angel ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ She will be greatly missed ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Now She is at PERMANENT HOME ,, Where she has wanted to be for sometime ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Love you JoJo
Posted by Helen Glick on April 22, 2022
JoElenor was a precious sister in Christ and fellow-teacher both in PNG and at Peniel. I highly respect her a godly woman and a faithful missionary though I never learned to know her well personally. I look forward to seeing her in Heaven.
Posted by Barb Dulaney on April 22, 2022
We will miss her She was such a beautiful lady. I loved talking with her God bless
Posted by Lori layman on April 22, 2022
Iโ€™m going to miss Jo she loved where I live she loved sing songs she would make up
Posted by Cheryl Mahan on April 22, 2022
I served as fellow missionaries in Papua New Guinea with Miss Jo. She was an amazing lady that wanted all her students to succeed. So thankful Miss Jo has made the landing in Heaven.
Posted by Faith Rose on April 22, 2022
She was an amazing Missionary. She tried to help me with Algebra. Iโ€™m afraid that was a loss cause. She always smiled!! What a virtuous, Godly woman!! Have fun with all the missionaries before in Heaven!!
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