BETTY FRY JONES
Betty Fry Jones, 89, died peacefully April 18, 2013, in Denver, Colo. She was born Feb. 9, 1924, in Corydon, Iowa, to Ruth (McMurry) and Myrl Fry. She resided in Des Moines for the majority of her life and spent the last 11 years in Denver.
Betty lived an active and interesting life and wore many hats during her lifetime, including wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, business owner, hospice volunteer and Army private. She owned and served as president of Des Moines-based Office Outfitters from 1961 to the late 1970s, providing business systems consulting to various central Iowa companies at the time. She was also an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she served, for a time, on the church's board of trustees, taught Sunday school along with her husband, John Paul and supported Senior High Group fundraising efforts. She was an active member of the Ding Darling Chapter of the Izaak Walton League from the late 1940s through the late 1950s and served as president of Des Moines Women’s Advertising Club in the early 1960s. She served in the Women’s Army Corps from late 1944 to the end of World War II.
Betty is survived by a sister, Jean Cunningham of Tacoma, Wash.; daughter, Ruth (Dean) Nichols of Denver; son, Chuck (Bertha) Jones of Chula Vista, Calif.; stepsons, Larry (Carol) Jones of Cañon City, Colo., and Bill Jones of Middletown, R.I.; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Her parents; brother, Don Fry; sister, Jo Fry Wilson and husband, John Paul Jones, preceded her in death.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to HCI Care Services, formerly Hospice of Central Iowa, where Betty served as a volunteer in the 1980s.
A memorial service date is pending.