Gwendolyn Diane Jones, 54, of Columbia passed away July 11, 2019, at her residence.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway, immediately followed by a homegoing service at noon. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Gwendolyn was born March 6, 1965, in Mississippi to the late Willie Payne and Frances Jones.

Gwendolyn loved kids! She was a caregiver at Little Blessings Childcare and also did telemarketing. According to her granddaughter, “She was the Best Grandma in the whole world!” All of her family said she was a magnificent cook, protector and provider. She loved playing bingo and cards, enjoyed watching movies and liked to dance and sing. She was a member of Second Baptist in Hernando, Mississippi, for a great number of years before she relocated to Columbia and she loved her church family very dearly.

She is survived by her three children, Wytiffany Jones (Lee Gooden), Kimpera Jones (Jeffery Slaughter) and Devin Dockery (Antoinette Windor), all of Columbia; five sisters, Pamela Jones of Detroit, Michigan, Joyce Jones of Columbia, Valerie Brown (Willie Hunt) of Mississippi, Lewenda Jennings (Eddie) of Columbia and Angel Payne of Baltimore, Maryland; two brothers, Jay Jones of Columbia and Jamel Payne of Baltimore, Maryland; six grandchildren, DéTayvion Jones, KeAjon Brownlee, Denasia Jones, KeIon Brownlee, Nariah Brewster and Jayceeion Slaughter; and best friends, Missy Hayes and Darleen Midget.

In addition to her parents, Gwendolyn was preceded in death by her brother, Rheam Payne and her grandmother, Mae Lizzie Jones.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory, 12 E. Ash St. Condolences may be left online for the family at

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