It was another successful Chamber Banquet in Comanche, Texas last week, and many very worthy people won this year’s awards. All of those people and their awards can be found in this week’s Comanche Chief.
Because Missy Jones is constantly helping us out here at Texans United and because she aids me tremendously in my search for cool Texans, I want to spend some extra time today telling you just all that Missy does for Comanche County.
Marvalene “Missy” Jones is the daughter of William Cornelius Cox and Minnie Steward Cox from Comanche County, Texas. She graduated from Comanche High School in 1949, and has spent most of her life working in this county and serving the people of the county. In 1994, Missy retired from the Comanche National Bank where she was an assistant cashier.
Missy has done volunteer work all over the community. Some that come to mind are decorating for chamber banquets, coordinating quilt shows and quiltings, and performing in local history performances. In fact, many of the performances I produced myself would have had much less of a WOW factor without Missy Jones.
Probably the place where Missy shines the most is at the Comanche County Historical Museum where she comes each week, usually multiple times, to work on saving the history of the county as well as to narrate to the many guests who visit the museum.
Missy also is in charge of setting up special museum tours, which she does very, very often. She also makes sure that she is on hand to open the museum, greet guests, and give them a grand tour, entertaining all the while with local color as well as the song she wrote for Gaston Boykin called Trail of Memories.
In case you’ve always wondered where the Confederate flags that appear each year in every cemetery in the county, Missy Jones can tell you that the flags come from the Order of the Confederate Rose in association with the Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp #1904. These organizations assist with dedication of markers for Confederate veterans as well as the placing of the flags on the graves in both Comanche and Eastland counties. Missy Jones herself is a big part of this huge undertaking each year.
Missy is also a member of the Heritage Club of Comanche, a women’s service club organized in 1952. She served for over 12 years as the recording secretary of the group and has now served for the past 4 years as club president.
After 9-11, Missy, who is also a prolific writer, composed a poem titled “Santa’s Run.” Members of the Heritage Club entered it in a contest organized by the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs. It was the state winner and advanced on to the national level where “Santa’s Run” became the National Winner and was featured in publications across the U.S.
Missy also volunteers her time to school around the area. Having written “The Turkey’s Thanksgiving,” she then made props, etc. and performed her writing to children in Comanche, Sidney, and Eastland ISD.
Missy is also an active member of the Comanche County Genealogical Society, and she assisted her sister, Geneva Cox Mercer in writing her cookbook of recipes and memories. Of course, Missy also wrote her own family book titled Mama, Tell Us About The Time…” It is a book to be treasured for its historical content. And if that isn’t enough, Missy Jones serves on the board of directors for Brandywine/Crucible, Inc. This is a chronicle of the Quaker families who lived along Brandywine Creek of southeastern Pennsylvania in Colonial times.
AND, on top of everything that I have written here, we would not have the two-volume set of Comanche County families without Missy Jones. It is true that I wrote the books; however, Missy stepped in and took over the miles and miles of communication, etc. that went into the books that I simply could not do. Those books exist as much because of her as they ever could because of me.
Although I could go on and on, I think I have given you at least a glimpse into the work done by one woman in this county. Missy, here at Texansunited.com we say congratulations on a job well done and an award well deserved!