Duncan lost one of its brightest stars Saturday when Kaye Hampton Jones passed away in Oklahoma City. Kaye attended elementary through high school in Duncan. After high school graduation, she attended the University of Oklahoma where she studied music and was a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Kaye married Thomas Jefferson Jones Jr. in 1956. They moved back to their hometown of Duncan where he joined the family business, The Jones Oil Company. They both became active and dedicated to their community. Kaye was a member of the First United Methodist Church, PEO, several Bridge groups, and the local Kappa alumnae group. She volunteered for Duncan Regional Hospital, for which she received Duncan’s Woman of the Year Award in 1987. She joyfully served on The University of Oklahoma College of Fine Arts Board of Visitors.
Kaye and Tommy participated in all Civic Capers shows, which launched the Duncan theatre fundraising campaign. It was Kaye who held the spotlight with her musical theatre background. That was never more apparent than following the serious rehabilitation period after a life-altering aneurysm and stroke. She worked diligently daily with close friends to regain her speech and physical health again. Discreetly, Kaye prepared to sing in the Capers once again, her signature song, “Bill Bailey” with friend and partner, Smokey Pierce in what was likely the most emotional Capers act ever.
Kaye and Tommy traveled often with long-time friends the Bakers, Bealls, Bonneys, Greens, and McCaslands. They spent many memorable trips at their place in Snowmass, Colorado. Kaye always had their family home warm and welcoming.
Kaye and Tommy were married 62 years before his death.
Kaye is survived by her children Janalyn and her husband Mark Geurkink, Judy and her husband Bob Neville, and Jeff and his wife Tina Jones. She adored her grandchildren Jordan and her husband Trey Williams, Jack and his wife Kayla Geurkink, Robert and his wife Baleigh Neville, Jillian Neville, Jefferson Jones, Jerrad and his wife Haley Jones, Jenifer Jones and her fiancé Cody Merrill, step-grandchildren Brandon Stacy, Colton Gibson, and Madison and her husband Colton Miller, and great grandchildren Audrey and Grace Geurkink, Walker and Jack Williams, Hazell Jones and sister-in-law JoAnn and her husband Bill Morrison.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Tommy, and parents Lela and Hobson Hampton.
Kaye’s family is forever grateful for the special care given by Esther Villagrana, Aniceto (Mora) Gonzalez, Leticia Estrada, Claudia Hernandez, Magdalena Alcantar, and Maira Moreno. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation in Kaye Jones’ name to the Simmons Center, 800 Chisholm Trail Parkway, Duncan, OK 73533, The University of Oklahoma Kappa Kappa Gamma Building Fund at kappakampaign.com, or Duncan Regional Hospital Health Foundation, P.O. Box 2000, Duncan, OK 73534.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at First United Methodist Church in Duncan, OK with a reception to follow. At KK’s request, please wear your favorite bright colors.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.whittfh.com.
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