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Mary Hollier (Hollier) Jones

Born: Tue., Feb. 21, 1950
Died: Tue., Mar. 2, 2021


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Hall  -  Mary Hollier Jones, 71, of Hall Montana passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at her home on Flint Creek with her husband, Mark, by her side. She was born on February 21, 1950 at the Naval Hospital, Marine Corp Base, Camp Lejeune, N. C., the daughter of the late Lewis S. and Margaret E. (Cole) Hollier. Mary attended numerous high schools and graduated from Carlisle High School, Carlisle Pennsylvania, where she met her future husband Mark E. Jones. The were married on October 9, 1970 at the Missoula County Courthouse. She attended Mary Washington College, Fredricksburg, VA. and the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana where she earned both her BA and ME degrees. She worked in the University of Montana Admissions Office and Distance Learning until retiring with her husband to their home on Flint Cr eek. Mary is survived by her husband Mark, two children; Craig Jones, Wise River, Montana and Virginia Jones Laforte, Portland, Oregon; Sam Hollier(brother), Slidell, LA and Virginia Pueringer(sister), Billings, Montana. A celebration of Mary's life will be scheduled after Covid concerns abate.

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Marvin Paulson
   Posted Fri March 05, 2021
Mark and Family,
I would like to express my sympathy to you. Your family will be in my prayers.
Mary was a wonderful and giving person to work with and she will be missed dearly.
Marvin Paulson

Kathryn Grady
   Posted Sat March 06, 2021
I’m so sorry to lose Mary; she was a wonderful mother to her amazing children, Virginia LaForte and Craig Jones, who rightly loved her fiercely, and I know she will live on in their memories and those of her grandchildren, Kai and Beck LaForte. She was fun and funny and tenacious and so proud of her children and grandchildren. Her light shines in all of them.

Sherry and Tom Armstrong
   Posted Sat March 06, 2021
Mark and family,

So sorry to hear about Mary. Such a special and beautiful person and always enjoyed being with her.

Sue Gravatt
   Posted Sat March 06, 2021
Dear Mark and Family:
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Mary's death. She was smart, and lovely and I enjoyed knowing her. Twice, in the past several years, we unexpectedly ran into each other, and mentioned how fun it would be to get together. I'm sorry now it didn't happen. Peace and good will to all her loved ones.
Sincerely, Sue Gravatt

Eftychia "Effie" Koehn
   Posted Sun March 07, 2021
To the family of Mary Jones

I am so saddened and shocked to read in the Missoulian about Mary’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you Mark, Virginia and Craig! Mary was such a lovely and loving person. Always referring to her family members with genuine pride.
We were close colleagues at UM, often collaborating and complementing each other in our work with international students. Mary would admit them and I, as advisor, would subsequently provide support services to them. When a faith-based college in Montana suddenly closed, a student from Kenya appeared in her office urgently seeking admission so he could maintain his student visa status. Her assessment of his potential to succeed as a student was remarkable. After getting his Bachelor’s degree at UM in record time, he received a full scholarship to Columbia University’s renowned School of Journalism.
Virginia, remember a red Honda car that your Mom bought for you that belonged to me? I also remember the time we went on a coffee break to read the letter your wrote to the Kaimin regarding the lamentable state of the seats in the University Theater. It did not take much time before they were replaced. We also arranged, every now and then, to have lunch with Maureen Flemming from the Business School, a mentor to both of us. I last saw Mary at Costco about two years ago - we exchanged phone numbers but regrettably did not follow through as I spent several months in Greece upon my retirement, and, since last March, hunkering down in Missoula with my daughter’s family.
Hope the good memories of Mary give you strength and courage at this difficult time. We will all miss her! May her soul rest in peace.





Bob and Virginia Halgren
   Posted Sun March 07, 2021
Some of our choicest memories were when we were with Mary. The times we spent laughing, at ball games, and just hanging out. Even though we haven't kept in touch the last few years, be assured of our love for you all. My faith helps me know we will meet again.

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