December 10, 1942 ~ January 22, 2021
Born in: Indianapolis, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN
Wilma L. Jones 78, of Indianapolis received her Heavenly wings on January 22, 2021. Wilma was born December 10, 1942 to the late Wille Roy and Emma L. Rogers. She was the third eldest of nine children. Wilma accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age.
Wilma attended John Hope School #26 and she was a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis. Wilma was a proud graduate of Central State University, a HBCU in Wilberforce, Ohio where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She also furthered her education receiving her Master’s Degree from Indiana University.
Wilma was an outstanding first grade teacher for over forty years. She specialized in teaching phonics and stressed the importance of reading to her students and those she tutored. Upon her retirement from teaching at School #54, the leadership named a section of the school library in honor of Wilma.
On July 10,1965 Wilma L. Rogers and Reginald L. Jones Sr. entered into Holy matrimony and to this union two sons were born, Reginald L. Jones Jr. and Jabari Swiatu William Jones Sr. Wilma was a loving mother who also raised her niece Stephanie.
Wilma was a lifetime member of Oasis of Hope Baptist Church. She was a faithful church member who dedicated her life being of service in the church and the community. Wilma served in many ministries including Sunday School teacher and superintendent, Young Women’s Ministry, Vacation Bible School, Women’s ministry, and she served on various committees in the church. Wilma had a giving spirit and was always encouraging others giving support where needed. Wilma loved traveling and family was extremely important to her.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents: Willie R. and Emma L. Rogers, sisters: Alice Faye Bryant, Emma Jean Rogers, and Wanda Lois Rogers.
Wilma L. Jones leaves to cherish her memory her sons: Reginald L. Jones Jr. (Angela), Jabari Swiatu William Jones Sr. (Kristy), her niece Stephanie R. Russell (Lance); grandchildren Brianna, Makayla, Janae, Jaelyn, and Jabari Swiatu William Jones Jr., Arielle and Alexis Russell; brother: Willie R. Rogers (Jean); sisters: Bennie L. Bradely (Morris), Nina M. Bishop (Richard), Lena B. Barnett, Cassandra L. Rhodes (Walter). Bonus Brother Raymond O. Henson (Natalie). She also leaves loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, a host of family and friends, and her Oasis of Hope Church family.