Sister Ardesta Rose Jones
December 22, 1933 July 25, 2022
Psalms 23: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: though anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Ardesta Rose Litters Jones was born December 22, 1933 in Claire, LA to the parentage of Ernest Litters and Lula Sibley. She was raised in the community of Florien, LA and accepted Christ as an early age. She was the third born of five sisters: Pearlie Mae Litters Johnson, Bernice Litters Johnson, Joyce Litters Abbott, and Inez Litters Doyne.
Sister Ardesta Rose Litters united in holy matrimony in 1949 to Melvin Joseph Garner. To this union four children were born: Charles Donald Garner, Carl Allen Garner, Eugene Joseph Garner, and Nita Garner Thomas. The family resided in Florien, LA; DeRidder, LA; and ultimately settled in Lake Charles, LA. Sister Jones united with Mount Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. D.J. Jones and has been a faithful member of Sunday school and church attendance at Mount Calvary for 65 years. Mrs. Jones was a proud mother who raised her children independently; all of whom grew up actively in the church, perfect attendance in school, all attended college and enjoyed productive careers. Sister Jones was employed at Muller’s Department Store and also provided domestic services for over 20 years.
In 1974, Sister Jones united in holy matrimony to Brother Isaac Jones. They enjoyed over 22 years of laughter, family, friends, and church attendance. Sister Jones enjoyed attending church & Sunday school; being at home; spending time with her children, grandchildren, nieces, & nephews; talking on the telephone; dining out; watching sports, gameshows, and soap operas.
Sister Jones peacefully departed this life to her heavenly home on July 25, 2022. She leaves to cherish her memory one son & daughter-in-law, Eugene & Gwendolyn Garner of Lake Charles, LA. Daughter-in-law Debra Ferrier Garner of Katy, TX. One grandson, Dr. Mario Garner of Spring, TX. Three granddaughters: Marina Garner (Brandon Sr.) Moore and Caitlin Garner (Melvin Wayne, Jr.) Turner of Katy, TX; and Courtney Thomas of Dallas, TX. One sister, Inez Litters Doyne of Sacramento, CA. Five great grand-children and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.