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Elna Allran Jones


Elna Allran Jones, 95, of Friends Homes in Greensboro, NC, passed away July 10, 2019.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday at Guilford Baptist Church with Dr. Brady Huneycutt officiating. The burial, with military honors, will follow at Guilford Memorial Park. The family will be receiving friends at the church from 12 noon – 2:00pm prior to the service.

Born in 1923, in Hickory, NC, she was the daughter of Austin and Annie Lee Rowe Allran.

She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Jones; sister, Madge Young; and brothers, Murphy Lee and Albert Allran.

She is survived by her son Randy Jones and his wife, Deborah; her daughter-in-law, Libby Jones and her children, Kelly Nguyen, Matthew and Benjamin Jones; her son, Reed Jones and his wife, Sally and their children, Ryan Jones and Christina Shea.

She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Tyler and Zachary Nguyen, AJ, Joanna and Lucy Jones, Michael and Elizabeth Shea and Hayden Jones; two nieces, six nephews and her “daughters” from Children’s Home.

Elna began a life-long healthcare career as a Women’s Army Corp nurse in World War II, followed by positions at hospitals in Seattle, WA and Greensboro, NC. She was Infirmary Director for Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, NC, where she first worked as a Home Mother, and was affectionately known as “Ma Shelly”. The loving relationships she formed with the children there lasted throughout her life.

She later worked as Infirmary Nurse Supervisor at the Central NC School for the Deaf in Greensboro, NC, where she quickly became fluent and funny in American Sign Language.

Even after she retired, she continued to  work summers at Camp Dogwood for the Blind in Sherrill’s Ford, NC, and for Guilford Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC.

Instead of flowers, memorials may be sent to Friends Homes Benevolent Fund, 925 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410.


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