Today is the 67th anniversary of the birth of my sister, Dr. Betty Jean Jones ~

December 11, 1949 ~ January 9, 1997

When I think of Betty, I see her leading; at home, school, in the community or church, she was out front, leading. She was full of ideas and put them to good use in the classroom, the theater and life ~ also her classroom. She was only 47 when she —and 38 other souls—perished in a plane crash in Monroe County, Michigan. At that time Betty was at the top of her game: working as a professor of American Theatre and Associate Dean of Rackham Graduate school  at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

In 2004, my husband Rob and I created a small family foundation to honor her and my parents, Mr. & Mrs. Silas & Irene Gaines Jones.

To celebrate her birth I invite you to read this profile on a phenomenal woman we called: Beej ~

“Stay in the Process of life ~ it is not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” ~  Betty Jean Jones, Ph D.

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