Jones, BarbaraBarbara Walker Jones of Montgomery, AL, passed away on April 17, 2017 at the age of 79 surrounded by close friends and family.She was preceded in death by her mother, step Mother, father, brother John. and her cousin Sadie who grew up with her as a sister.Barbara is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ray Jones, son, Bill Jones(Stephanie) her Brother Tom Walker of Birmingham, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.Barbara was born on April 4, 1938 to Eunice Johnston and T. E. Walker in Eastlake, Alabama. Her Mother died at the age of 6 months and she lived with her Aunt Sophie for a year and a half until her Father married Miss Pauline Aman who loved and cared for her as her own. Her father helped lay natural gas pipeline from Texas to the Finger Lakes of New York in the 1940s and 50s so Barbara grew up in many towns in the Eastern States, attending four schools in one year. After attending many different elementary schools she graduated from Woodlawn High School in Birmingham in 1956 and enrolled in Alabama College in Montevallo that Fall. Barbara received her AB in Elementary Education from Alabama College in 1959 and her Masters in Education from AUM. She had a distinguished career which spanned thirty four years, six systems in Alabama, including twenty years at Floyd Jr. High in Montgomery. She retired in 1992. She was honored by The University of Montevallo (Alabama College) in 1994 with the Loyalty Award. where she served in many capacities on the Alumni Board. The quote on the plaque described her well-" Some people strengthen the society by being the kind of people they are." Barbara was honored several times for her work with the Alabama Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. She was an active member of her Educational Sorority- ADK. After retirement she immersed herself into caring for loved ones and enjoying one her passions- Music. She especially loved Jazz and Blues and Symphonic Music. She saw many of her favorite musicians and danced to all of their music as long as she was able. She participated many community projects. On more than one occasion she was proud to be introduced to committee members along with her husband as the "token white". She loved America-She visited every state except Hawaii and Vermont. Her great, great grandfather was a member of the first class at the University of Alabama and the fourth President, but she was a life-long athletic fan of Auburn University.The family will receive guests on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Leak Memory Chapel in Montgomery, Alabama. A Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any charity you desire if you want to do so.