TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2021, 11:00 AM
HOWELL FUNERAL HOME
10220 GUILFORD ROAD
JESSUP, MD 20794
Streaming for Live Service:
Celebration of Life for Janet Theresa (Schnyder) Jones
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021 @ 11:30AM
GARRISON FOREST CEMETERY
JANET THERESA SCHNYDER JONES
December 21, 1948 to February 10, 2021
Janet Theresa (Schnyder) Jones was born on December 21, 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Janet was
the second child born to Godfrey Schnyder and Hope (Pavageau) Schnyder. During the Great Migration,
in 1952, Godfrey and Hope moved their young family out West to Los Angeles, California where they
joined other family members. Janet attended Los Angeles area schools throughout her education including
75th Street Elementary School, Horace Mann Junior High School and Washington High School.
Upon high school graduation, Janet attended college at California State University, Los Angeles (then
known as Cal State LA) before transferring to the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). It was
at UCLA that Janet would meet the love of her life, Ronnie K. Jones (Ron) through a mutual friend.
Janet and Ron were married on July 28, 1973 while Ron was attending dental school in San Francisco,
California. It was also during this time that they were blessed with the birth of their daughters, Nariessa
Denise (deceased) and Rashida Simone .
After Ron’s graduation from dental school, he enlisted in the army and he and Janet moved to Killeen,
Texas and were stationed at Fort Hood. Here, their son, Ron Godfrey was born. After 4 years, they
decided to return to California and entered into the world of private practice.
In 1986, Janet and Ron were intrigued by the opportunities that re-enlisting could bring for their family.
They decided to return to “active duty” in the US Army and were immediately stationed in Heidelberg,
Germany for the next three years. While in Germany and in her late thirties, Janet was diagnosed with
heart disease and given a prognosis of 2 years to live. It was at this time that she made a “deal” with our
Lord and Savior to keep her healthy long enough to see her children graduate from high school. The Lord
answered her prayers and more.
Life in the military took Janet and Ron and their family on many adventures, while making friends during
every stop. While in Germany, they were able to tour all of Europe including, but not limited to, France,
Italy, England, Greece, Switzerland, and Belgium. They also lived for periods in San Antonio, Texas (Ft.
Sam Houston); Augusta, Georgia (Ft. Gordon); Honolulu, Hawaii (Tripler Medical Center); and finally in
Laurel, Maryland (Ft. Meade) which became her final home. Janet was able to see her children graduate
from high school, obtain bachelor’s degrees at UCLA and law degrees at Howard University. She was
also able to participate in her children’s weddings as well as be present for the birth of her four
Janet was a gregarious personality and would strike up engaging conversations with friends, relatives and
even perfect strangers. She liked to say that she knew a “little” about a “lot” of things which endeared her
to all she knew. Janet always had advice and was eager to share it. She (and Ron) loved people and they
loved her. A lifelong Catholic, Janet believed her life was a blessing and wanted to share it with others.
Their home, throughout her life, was shared with many for short visits and longer stays. Always the
perfect hosts, they entertained many for holiday and family celebrations throughout the years. Even when
she was unable to maneuver physically, Janet maintained relationships with her family and friends that
will always be cherished and remembered.
At age seventy-two, Janet returned peacefully to her heavenly home on Wednesday, February 10, 2021,
surrounded by her husband and children.
Janet was preceded in death by: her parents, Godfrey and Hope Schnyder; sister, Kathy Kester; and
daughter, Nariessa Jones. She leaves behind to mourn her: her dedicated husband, Ron; her daughter
Rashida (Robert Butler); and son Ron Godfrey (Bethany); grandchildren Noelle and Laila Butler and Ron
L. and Bailey Jones; her siblings Godfrey Schnyder, Jr. (Elaine), Denise McLeod (David) and Calvin
Schnyder (Shirley); as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and lifelong friends.
She has been tremendously loved and will be tremendously missed.