Researched and compiled by Faye V Bell, SLC ( 2014)



Marion Francis Jones was born to Robert I. Simpson and Elizabeth Adele Moses on July 10, 1920 in Ten Sleep, Big Horn County (now Washakie), WY.  She was the seventh child and sixth daughter of the Simpsons, well known in the area.  Her siblings were:  Pearl A., Paul, Grace, Nina, Gladys, Ellen, Neil and Bernadine.  When she was nearly 10 years old, her mother passed away and the family were reared by their widowed father.  They lived in a spacious house as part of Bert’s occupation as an irrigator for Walter Fiscus.  The Simpson subdivision was the Dave Moses land prior to his widdow’s  passing in 1911.  Marion was schooled in Ten Sleep and in her memoirs (dated 2007) she had many mentors and was grateful for all of them.  Her memoirs say that after her mother passed away she could never again walk where her mother walked without thinking of her and missing her.  She married Clifford A. Reynolds and the couple had three children: Sandra, Gary and Danny Reynolds.  The couple divorced later and she remarried to Allen Gwyn Jones.  Allen Jones passed away in 2003.  Her memory was bright and accurate all of her days and her memories fond of the people who had helped her.  She passed away in Billings, Montana, September 4, 2008 and her body was cremated.  She was survived by all three of her children and other posterity.




Memories:  Marion was small with a cap of red hair and a few freckles to go with it.  As her cousin I studied her actions and her appearance.  She didn’t appear to be academic, but she was mighty in memory and thoughtfulness.  Her children, who knew her only as Mom, would be stunned to know of her appreciation for life’s gifts and what a wonderful woman she was!   The trials that make us what we become are not always known by everyone.   fb