No matter what was needed, Kelly Jones was there to help.
While it was her job as a newsroom paraprofessional to type obituaries, calendar items and news briefs and take a lot of newsroom calls, she was always happy to be at work at The Ledger and Topics newspapers and later at the Indianapolis Star.
I worked with her for several years at those newspapers before coming to The Times in May 2014.
Every day, Kelly had a smile on her face and a get-er-done attitude. She had an ease about her that made others around her smile and be comfortable, even though the smile on her face sometimes made you wonder what she was thinking. She was always there to lend an ear, a bit of advice or just a reassurance that everything would be OK. Even after we didn’t work together anymore, whenever I would see her out and about, she always made you feel like you talked every day. She especially was interested in everybody’s families and loved to share about her own.
Kelly Jones was sweet, kind and funny and always a friend.
So it is with great sadness I share the news of her passing on Friday, March 19, 2021.
Kelly (Wilson) Jones, a 1977 Noblesville High School graduate, was 62. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Randall and Roberts Fishers Mortuary with visitation beginning at 11 a.m.
Kelly came to the last Noblesville Ledger reunion in October 2019 eager to chat with former co-workers. We usually have the reunion each fall, except for 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For many years, we’ve had the reunion at the Noblesville Jim Dandy. I looked at the old photo from the 2019 Ledger reunion. Kelly sat next to former Ledger advertising sales representative Janet Bredensteiner and across the table from former Ledger news production employee/building supervisor Bill Whitacre. Others who gathered around included former co-workers, Nancy Dotson, Jane Martz, Elizabeth Jacobsen Granger, Fred Swift, George Roudebush, Becky Snelling Schroer, Kathy Lepper, Cora Griffin and Ruth Anne Nunamaker. While some of them didn’t work in the same era as Kelly, they all enjoyed talking to her.
The Ledger reunions are great. The late Don Jellison used to come to all of these reunions.
We lost Don Jellison in October 2017 but not before he was named Noblesville High School’s 2016 Alumnus of the Year.
Sadly, we have lost several newspaper friends and former coworkers in the past few years. In this column, I will mention more than 30 of them.
Just before Christmas, former Ledger co-worker Melissa (Krick) Bowyer, 49, Noblesville, died on Dec. 14, 2020, after a battle with liver disease. She was married to David Bowyer; they met while both were working at The Ledger. Many of us Ledger co-workers attended their wedding at South Harbour Clubhouse in Noblesville. They were married 24 years and have four kids.
Just five days earlier, former Ledger sports writer Tom Warner, 56, Cicero, died Dec. 9, 2020, in a car crash while riding with his wife, daughter and teens from their Cicero Christian Church youth group, while out collecting food for their local Angel Tree, after a drunk driver crashed into their vehicle.
Mary Ruth Harnish Musselman, 94, Noblesville, whose last job was at The Ledger, died April 23, 2020.
Peggy Lou “Gammy” Pace, 93, Noblesville, who retired alongside her publisher husband, Bill Pace, from Topics Newspapers in 1986, died Nov. 8, 2019.
Emily Ehmer, who was a reporter and editor for Topics Newspapers including the Westfield Enterprise and the Noblesville Daily Ledger, died Sept. 3, 2019, at age 68, after battles with breast cancer.
The Times’ former managing editor Kevin Thompkins, 55, Lebanon, died unexpectedly on Sept. 20, 2018.
Peggy Sue Pace, 51, Indianapolis, who had worked for her dad, the late Bill Pace, owner of Topics Newspapers, died Jan. 17, 2017,
Ledger editor and former Times sports writer Don Jellison, 80, Noblesville, died Oct. 29, 2017.
Gary Duvall, 70, Noblesville, who was an advertising sales representative for The Times after selling cars and real estate, died Jan. 22, 2017.
Former Ledger owner and executive editor Jim Neal died Sept. 27, 2016, at age 95.
James Robert Gascho, 87, Noblesville, the first advertising manager of The Noblesville Ledger, died Oct. 13, 2015.
Kathy Sumner, 67, who was an advertising sales representative for The Times, died Oct. 1, 2015, following a battle with breast cancer.
Llewellyn R. Taylor, 96, Noblesville, who worked at The Ledger for 15 years, died Aug. 2, 2015.
H.D. Hollingsead, 85, Westfield, who worked as a Ledger linotype operator and in advertising, died on April 25, 2015,
Patricia Gibbs, 87, Noblesville, who answered genealogy queries for the Noblesville Ledger, died on April 2, 2015.
Topics/Ledger advertising director Scott Gause died Aug. 30, 2013, after a yearlong battle with melanoma.
Ledger production department employee Keith Watkins, 79, Noblesville, died July 19, 2013.
Lois Jean Costomiris, 91, Cicero, who found her calling writing weekly columns for the Noblesville Daily Ledger for 15 years, died Aug. 4, 2012.
Ledger advertising sales director Laurel Ranker, 65, Noblesville, died July 26, 2012, after battles with ovarian cancer.
Nole “Tony” Carson, who wrote community news for The Ledger after riding his bike through the community to gather news, died April 16, 2012, at age 72.
Jerry Alice Heaton Snyder, 80, Noblesville, who wrote a popular newspaper column, Now and Then, for The Times, died Sept. 4, 2010
Ledger graphic artist Dallas Bland, 54, Noblesville, died Oct. 17, 2010.
Frances S. Wise, 92, Noblesville, who wrote a bowling column for The Noblesville Ledger and Times until she retired at age 90, died June 28, 2010.
Georgie Lee “Pete” Blankenship, 80, Arcadia, who worked for The Noblesville Ledger for 10 years, died June 10, 2010.
Floyd Lee Odle, 98, Noblesville, who had worked for more than 40 years at The Noblesville Ledger, retiring in 1975, died Feb. 12, 2009.
Ledger/Topics production manager of 43 years, Darrell McConnell, 74, Noblesville, died Feb. 18, 2008.
Alice (Cullins) Hampton, 94, Noblesville, who worked part time at the Topics, died Jan. 17, 2008.
Ruth M. (Cain) Griffin, 85, Noblesville, who worked at The Noblesville Ledger, died on Jan. 7, 2008
Donald C. Howard, who was a news writer for The Ledger, died Nov. 21, 2006, at age 85.Ledger production employee Jack Fetty 72, Noblesville, died Dec. 14, 2007.
Ledger photographer Wayne Mahana, 80, Carmel, who retired in 1994, died Aug. 24, 2005, at age 80.
I would also like to mention gifted newspaper journalist Vic Caleca, who had 27 years at The Indianapolis Star, including stints as state desk editor, suburban bureau chief, city editor and assistant managing editor, who also died recently, at age 64.
Read Kelly Jones’ full obituary in today’s edition of The Times.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.