Stephanie Allen Jones died at her home in North Manchester, Indiana, on May 3, 2022; her husband Bob and daughter Wendy Pfeiffer were by her side. Stephanie was 78 years old.
Stephanie was born on September 10, 1943, in Ottawa, Kansas. She graduated from Parkview High School in Springfield, Missouri and earned a B.S. in Music Education from Wichita State University, where she met her future husband Bob while they were both members of the university orchestra. She also performed as a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and taught music in the public schools in Kansas. Stephanie and Bob were married in Springfield, Missouri in 1965.
Stephanie was a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for 12 years, where she played principal english horn. During that same time, she frequently performed as principal oboe with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and taught as Adjunct Instructor of Oboe at IPFW. She received a Master of Education degree from Manchester University, taught music for 25 years at Pierceton and South Whitley Elementary Schools and retired in 2004.
Stephanie is survived by her husband Robert, son Eric (Maryjo) Jones, daughters Wendy (Ed) Pfeiffer and Robyn (Robert Masone) Jones; five grandchildren (Riley, Grace, Elijah, Stella, and Emmett), and sisters Susan (Ralph) Simon and Saundra (Nathan) Carlson. There will be no services, but a Tribute Wall is available on the McKee Mortuary website. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor the memory of Stephanie Jones, memorial contributions can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Manchester Symphony Orchestra.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
3500 Depauw Blvd, Suite 1040, Indianapolis IN 46268
Manchester Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 113, North Manchester IN 46962