Missy Jones, a state and federal program coordinator for the Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district until a car accident in Mexico this past May, died Monday.

A memorial service will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday from First Church of the Nazarene in Orange under direction of Dorman Funeral Home. The Rev. K. Ray McDowell will officiate. A gathering of friends will be from 3 p.m. until service time.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Mobile Memorial Gardens in Mobile, Ala. In the lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice, the family said. Survivors include her husband, Sanford Jones and daughter Jamie Lanie Lyle of Orange.

Mrs. Jones was a native of Mobile and member of the Orange First Church of the Nazarene.

Dr. Pauline Hargrove, LC-M district superintendent, released the following statement Tuesday.

“Thank you for your continuous love, support and prayers for Missy and her loved ones. She was a remarkable young lady who fought the good fight and with whom we have been honored to serve. Her dedication to children and education was evident in her thoughts, words and deeds. She served with a passion for excellence and compassion for people. Missy will be remembered for her character, integrity, strong work ethic, perseverance, faithfulness and love of God and life. May we all learn from her and be better because of her.”

According to The Record’s archives, Jones and other teachers were on an educational trip in Hidalgo, Mexico, when a van they were riding in went over a cliff. The driver reportedly lost control. Killed were Beaumont educators Dr. Dorothy Gray and Denise Wenzel. Terri Estes, assistant principal and vocational center director at LC-M High School, was also injured. 

Jones had extensive head injuries and underwent reconstructive leg surgery in Mexico City. 

She died in a Southeast Texas hospital, said LC-M Community Relations Director Sherry Combs. Prior to that, she was being cared for in a nursing home, Combs said.