Nov. 30, 1955-Dec. 15, 2021

Maria Conant Jones, a retired educator of over 40 years, died unexpectedly Dec. 15, 2021, at the age of 66.

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Maria is survived by her son, Oben Marcus Jones Jr. (Aoi) and daughter, Erica Jones Morgan  (Cory); grandchildren, Tyler and Sophia Jones, Aurelia, Sadie and Cory Morgan Jr.; her siblings, Barbara Conant DeCuir (Winston Sr.), James Conant Jr. (Glendora), Theresa Conant Demery (Adrian Sr.), and Michael Conant; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and family.

Maria was born in Alexandria Nov. 30, 1955, and grew up in Natchitoches/Cane River.

She graduated from St. Mary’s High School. After graduating, she attended Xavier University of Louisiana where she received Xavier’s first female athletic scholarship for track and field. Maria finished her collegiate education at Northwestern State University where she met and fell in love with her former husband, Oben Marcus Jones Sr.

Maria traveled the world as a military wife meeting people of all walks of life, many of whom she called her angels.  Known as the “peacemaker” in the family, Maria never let anything bother her. She lived her life with no regrets, dancing like no one was watching, and smiling, laughing and of course, chasing those Mardi Gras floats.  Anyone who knew Maria knew that she was always ready for Mardi Gras! Her spirit and soul lit up any room she entered and she left an impression on everyone she met.

Maria is preceded in death by her father, James Arthur Conant; mother, Lois Jones Conant; her niece, Erin Conant; and sister-in law, Holly Conant.

The final arrangements are as follows:

Sunday, Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m.-noon, viewing/visitations including recitation of The Holy Rosary at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Natchitoches.

Funeral procession and Catholic Mass: St. Augustine Catholic Church, Natchez