Saturday, November 17, 2018

Sandra Jones Mayo

Sandra Jones Mayo, 78, of Oxford, Mississippi, died on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at her home. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, in West Hall at Waller Funeral Home, 419 Highway 6 West, in Oxford, and from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, in Louisville, Mississippi. Ms. Mayo donated her body to the Genesis Legacy Whole Body Donation Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee, for medical education and research.

Born August 22, 1940, in Brandon, Mississippi, to Harold and Lee Jones, Ms. Mayo was graduated from Brandon High School in 1958. After attending Hinds Community College and Belhaven College, Ms. Mayo received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Mississippi in 1962.

Ms. Mayo moved to Louisville where she taught at Nanih Waiya Elementary School while her husband started his law practice. Though her teaching career ended as her family expanded, Ms. Mayo never lost her love of learning and her skill for educating.

Ms. Mayo was a woman of many talents and interests. From her days as a Hinds Hi-Stepper, Ms. Mayo led an active life as a hiker, weaver, marathoner, dog lover, book club member, seamstress, photographer, gardener, snake killer (her husband hated snakes), cook, school board member, girl scout and cub scout leader, furniture refinisher, baby sitter, and legal secretary (where she found working with her husband her biggest challenge). Comfortable with anyone she met, Ms. Mayo found her greatest peace with a good book and a warm fire.

Ms. Mayo was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Mayo, her father and her brother, James H. Jones. She is survived by her mother, Lee Jones of Oxford, Mississippi, and by her children and grandchildren: Lee Ann Mayo (Gary Gusick) of New Orleans, Louisiana, and their daughter, Vanessa Craven; Cal Mayo (Caroline) of Oxford, Mississippi, and their children, Virginia, William, Callie, and Thomas; John Mayo (Lacey) of Oxford, Mississippi, and their sons, Ian, Alex, and Max; Peter Mayo (friend Catherine Schaff) of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and Jane Mayo-McAuley (Jenna) of Brooklyn, New York, and their son, Henry. She is also survived by her brother, Victor L. Jones (friend Linda Daniel) of Panama City, Florida, her sister-in-law, Barbara Mayo of Meridian, Mississippi, and six nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the James and Sandra Mayo Scholarship Fund at the University of Mississippi Foundation, Post Office Box 249, University, MS 38677 ( or the Winston County Library, 100 West Park Street, Louisville, MS 39339