Lis Jones, 60, went home to her Lord on Monday, September 16, 2019 in Searcy, Arkansas after a battle with cancer. She was born February 26, 1959 to Walter Ralph and Daisy Jennille (Oldfield) Chalenburg in Starbuck, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepfather Joe Sutton.
Lis grew up in Starbuck, MN, then attended Harding University. Upon finishing school, she spent several years as a missionary in Scotland, then returned to Searcy where she raised her three daughters. She was an assistant professor of music at Harding University and founder and director of the Searcy Community School of Music. She taught first grade Sunday school for many years at West Side Church of Christ, then later at Downtown Church of Christ. Her favorite pastimes were spending time with family and friends, traveling, gardening, music, knitting gifts, and celebrating her Scandinavian heritage. She loved her daughters’ friends and her students as her own. Lis walked daily with the Lord and was loved by all who met her.
She is survived by her children, JB and Brittany West of Fort Worth, Texas, Libby Jones of Los Angeles, California, and Bethany Jones of Searcy, Arkansas; one brother, Mike Chalenburg and wife Karen of Searcy, AR; nephews and nieces Dave, Liz, Aiden and Holden Chalenburg of Lincoln, NE; Johnnie, Betsy, Charli and Maddie Anderson of Gallatin, TN; Daniel, Kara, and Emmett Chalenburg of Searcy, AR; and David, Sara, and Daisy Grubbs of Lake Havasu City, AZ.
A celebration of life will be held at the Downtown Church of Christ Family Life Center in Searcy on Monday, September 23 at 6:00pm with visitation at 4:30pm. Graveside service and burial will be under the direction of Starbuck Funeral Home and will take place on Thursday, September 26 at 10:00am at Cyrus Cemetery south of Cyrus, MN.
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