Clare Ester (Jacobs) Stone, of the Franklin United Methodist Community, went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 11, 2012.
She was born in Decatur, Ill., on Nov. 1, 1922, to J. Willard Jacobs and Esther Lancaster Jacobs, who both preceded her in death.
Educated as a teacher at Indiana Central College, Mrs. Stone was an accomplished pianist, organist and music director with an excellent ear for music.
Mrs. Stone met her husband, Philip Stone, at Indiana Central College. They married in 1942. Phillip served as a pastor in the South Indiana Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and currently United Methodist Church. She counted it an honor to be a ministry partner in her husband’s pastorates for more than 40 years, serving with music and a wide variety of other ministries.
She also was known by family and friends as a prayer warrior.
The Rev. Stone preceded her in death in April 2003.
Mrs. Stone is survived by her three children, son, Dr. Dennis (Mary Sue) Stone of Columbus, and their family, Dr. Tami (Chris) Iorio of Columbus, and her children, Julia, Colvin, Lukas and Leo Iorio, Dr. Eric (Leah) Stone of Charlotte, N.C., and their children, Hannah and Ella Stone, and Dr. Greg (Jessica) Stone of Houston; daughter, Mrs. Donna (Marlowe) Mullen of Greenwood and their family, Dr. Shelley Mullen of Indianapolis, Scott (Erin) Mullen of Lafayette, and Mrs. Stacey (Joseph) O’Brien of Pendleton and her son, Hunter O’Brien; and son, John (Peggy) Stone of Overland Park, Kan., and their family, Mrs. Kelly (Kevin) Redford of Cherryvale, Kan., and their children, Isabelle and John Michael Redford, and Mrs. Holly (Brad) Kemp of Overland Park, Kan., and their daughter, Olivia Kemp.
Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoyed playing games with Grandma and Grandma Clare.
Mrs. Stone also is survived by her only brother, the Rev. George (Dorothy) Jacobs, who is a current resident at the Franklin United Methodist Community.
Phil and Clare were known for having a house open to guests from all over the world. On three separate occasions a foreign student lived with them while they attended a local university to earn a degree. These students were unofficially adopted into their family as a son and daughters and remain close to this day. They are Gena Ignacio of the Philippines, Nancy Tucker of Sierra Leone, Africa, and Dinh Nguyen of Los Alamos, N.M. (formerly from Vietnam).
After Philip’s graduation from what is now United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, they served the following churches: Corydon EUB Church, Vincennes EUB, First EUB Terre Haute, Brookside United Methodist in Indianapolis and Wesley United Methodist in Indianapolis. Though retired, they both remained active in the churches they attended.
Clare’s favorite Scripture, which she felt best described their ministry, is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
Clare believed you should put God first, others second and self third. Clare was quick to become friends and share the love of Christ. She was proud of her family and believed in order to have friends you had to be a friend.
Mrs. Stone made many, many dear lifelong friends in the churches they served as well as at the Franklin Community, both residents and staff alike.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Wright Chapel of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St. in Franklin, where friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the chapel. A private entombment service will be conducted at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.
Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Franklin is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the rehabilitation unit at the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St., Franklin, IN 46131.
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