Eva Eris Gregg Jones Muennink, age 107 ¾ was summoned by her Lord on the morning of June 22, 2020. She was born on September 22, 1912, in Rising Star.
Eris was preceded in death by her parents, Clara Eunice (Buchanan) and Joseph Jackson Gregg and her seven siblings, Queenie Simmons (Loyd), Jackson J. Gregg (Aleene), Jim Bob Gregg (Elizabeth), Frances See (Dawson), John Gregg (Billie), Burton Gregg (Marjorie), Mary Jo Schulle (Will), her husband James Brandon (JB) Jones and two grandchildren, Georgia Rand, Greg Rand, and one great grandchild, Parker Steinberg.
Eris and JB were blessed with two children, Mildred (Milly) Smith (Bill) of Missouri Cit, and James R. (Buddy) Jones (Nadine) of Kingsville.
Grandchildren; Robert Rand, Jr., Sherry Aycock Quellhorst (Bill), Bobby Aycock, Chad Jones (Dora), Courtney Alvarez, and Terra Roth (Phillip).
Great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; Josie Riffel, Alyssa Rand, Jennifer Rand, Robert Rand III, (Vivian), J.T. Rand, Aubrie Rand, Anneka Quellhorst Stokely (Kyle), Leslie Quellhorst Frakes (Brady), Forrest Frakes, Kristin Aycock Steinberg (Aaron), Max Steinberg, Nova Steinberg, Nicole Jones, Jaden Le, Tanya Medrano, Mallory Durham, Daniel Medrano, Austin Alvarez, Carson Alvarez, Riley Alvarez, and Max Alvarez.
Eris graduated from Santa Anna High School in 1924. After graduation, she worked in her family’s newspaper, the Santa Anna News as a linotype operator. She married the love of her life on July 11, 1934. She and JB moved to the Aransas Pass area after Jones (as she always called him) found a job working for Cage Hardware in Ingleside after he returned from World War II.
JB’s work moved the couple and their two small children to Bishop in 1946. Eris continued to work for the Aransas Pass Progress, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, and the Kingsville Record-Bishop News. Eris also served as secretary to the Superintendent for Bishop Consolidated Independent School District and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce.
Eris became interested in politics at a young age. She joined her father on a train trip to Washington, D.C. to meet President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Unfortunately, it was the week that the president died in Warm Springs. Eris expressed her love of the American system by acting as an election judge in Bishop for many years. She was the first female jury foreperson in Nueces County.
She was Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star for several terms and held many other positions within the organization. Eris was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bishop for more than 70 years. She also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Bishop for several years.
JB preceded her in death in 1974. Eris remarried in 1982 to Alfred (Fritz ) Muennink. Fritz died in 2000. Eris continued to be active in her community and lived in her own home until the age of 101 ½.
Eris was our beloved mother, grandmother, and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her. Plans for Eris’s memorial service will be announced at a later date.