Michelle L "Miki" Jones

January 25th, 1961 to November 28th, 2021

Michelle Lynne “Miki” Jones, 60, of Lexington, died Sunday, November 28, 2021.

She was born January 25, 1961 in Port Huron to Janet and the late Harry Jones.

Miki was a 1979 graduate of Marysville High School and earned an associate degree from St. Clair County Community College, a bachelor’s from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s from Acadia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in 1992. She was an English professor at Muskingum College for ten years and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Estonia in 1997-98. Miki was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, serving in Poland, Bangladesh, Trinidad, Canada, and Afghanistan. She later served as Diplomat in Residence at the University of Michigan and worked at the State Department in Washington, D.C. She was a lifelong Tigers fan and feminist with a love of good coffee, herb gardens, classical music, English literature, and her rescue dog, Lucy.

She is survived by her son, Anthony Jones Kerr; her daughter, Robin Jones Kerr; her mother, Janet Jones; five siblings, Karri (Brian) Dimick, Wendi (Dave) Hickman, Timothy (Elizabeth) Jones, Kristi (Cory) Allers, and Kip (Kallen) Jones; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Madis; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and dear friends in Washington, D.C., Ohio, Michigan, Canada, Trinidad, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. She was preceded in death by her father, Harry Jones, in 1992; and sister, Kim Madis, in 2015.

A memorial service consisting of memories and some of Miki’s favorite prose and music shared by family and friends will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the Marysville Funeral Home with an optional informal gathering beginning at noon. Miki asked that people dress comfortably, in bright colors, with hats if desired. The family requests masks be worn while indoors and that all attendees are fully vaccinated. The service livestream will be available on Miki’s obituary page at marysvillefuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to EMILY’s List, Complete Your Degree (St. Clair County Community College), or the American Civil Liberties Union. To send condolences, visit the funeral home website.

For those unable to attend services, Miki would love for you to remember her in your own way, perhaps as you read a good book, go for a run, hang out at The Raven, or enjoy a Tigers game.


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