Memorial Service Today for Kenda Jones, Popular Tonda Elementary Parapro
Kenda Jones went from being an active mother of two Tonda students to working for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools as a paraprofessional.
Editor's note: This story has been updated.
Arrangements for Kenda S. Jones were posted by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home Inc., which is handling arrangements. Memorial services are set for 2 p.m. today, at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 7000 Sheldon Rd.
Graveside services are set for 2 p.m. Dec. 26 at Preble Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family invites you to make a donation to the American Cancer Society .
Kenda S. Jones, 57, a paraprofessional at Tonda Elementary for 12 years, died Saturday after a battle with cancer, said Kurt Tyszkiewicz, former Tonda principal.
Mrs. Jones was born in Ft. Knox, KY, on Apr. 28, 1954 and died on Dec. 4, 2011. She is survived by her husband, Stephen C. Jones; their children, Kerri E. Jones and Marcus S. Jones; her mother Marcellain Boyer and sister Tamara (Randy) Rehmert
"She was with the district for close to 20 years," said Tyszkiewicz, now Plymouth-Canton Community Schools' director of staffing, student services and policy. "Kenda was a dynamic person, always so positive and upbeat. She loved coming to school every day and working with the kids."
John Jackson, president of Plymouth-Canton Schools' board of education, said, "She just made you feel good when you were around."
Tyszkiewicz said he worked with her for four years.
"She had a very calming influence," he said. "She was the one, if someone's computer was down, she'd be the first person to come in and fix it."
He said that despite her illness, Jones continued her full-time job until this school year started, when she cut her hours back to "just a little over half time. But she continued coming in to school every day."
Tyszkiewicz said Jones and her husband, Steve, lived in the Tonda neighborhood; their two children, now grown, attended the school.
"One thing the staff at Tonda did is get together and buy a plane ticket for her son, who lives in New Jersey, so he could come home for Thanksgiving," Tyszkiewicz said. "She touched that many people's lives. She was a wonderful spirit."
After reading the news on Canton Patch's Facebook page, Sarah Zylik wrote, "She will be missed. Both of my boys were very sad... ." Sherri Breaugh-Zoia added, "She was very kind and helpful...I worked a few Scholastic bookfairs with her as a parent at Tonda."
Tyszkiewicz said a memorial service is being planned, but those plans had not been finalized Monday night.
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