February 25, 1949 ~ February 2, 2019

Born in: Denver, CO
Resided in: Aurora, CO

Most of you should recall the “red boned sista” who was described in the Homecoming of the late Willie Cephas Jones.  Well here is the story of the loving mother, wife, and grandmother, she would become.

Teresa Darlene Stroud was born on February 25, 1947, to the late Mary Lee Morney.  “Darlene” as her family and late husband would refer to her, was raised in East Denver, Colorado at the properties located on 29th and Stout along with her older brother, the late Robert Stroud, also at that exact residence.  Darlene was also raised alongside the Clark Family that included 6 children born to Annie B. and Lenward Clark.  By 1952, the household family would multiply by the addition of the Falls family consisting of 9 children birthed to Bennie and Elder Josephine Falls.  Eventually, this household would grow exponentially through the addition of the Brooks family, the Gunn family, the Juniel family, the Smith family, the Williams family, the Robinsons, the Lewis Family, and also including neighborhood families like the Beechum’s.  From this expanded family, the children were to eventually form the first Pentecostal Choir of Bethel Church of Christ Holiness under the Reverend Caldwell in the basement of the property at 29th and Stout

It is essential in mentioning everyone here because all of the offspring from each family were raised together as siblings and there existed a joint or combined parenting by the adults.  Also, one must understand that this is not only the legacy of the property, but also a history of Early to Mid 1900’s Denver as the Heads of the Clark, Stroud, and Falls family all migrated to Denver deriving from Mississippi.

A factor that is most relevant to this discourse is Darlene’s assertion on the importance of family bonds and family ties as you will see.  It can be noted here that Darlene found one of her lifelong passions, which was singing. Many of her friends and family remember Teresa Darlene’s powerful voice. In fact, her voice was compared to that of Aretha Franklin’s.  Later, her passion and expertise in singing would help shape and inspire her youngest son’s singing career.

Teresa’s mother, Mary Lee Morney’s, occupation as a housecleaner would lead her to a Jewish client named Ms. Hoffman who would become a dear friend to Mary.  Ms. Hoffman trusted and loved Mary so much, she told Mary to pick any house to live in that she would pay for.  Mary did just that and moved into the house located at 3230 Franklin St.

During her upbringing, Darlene attended Gilpin Elementary, Cole Junior High, and briefly, Manual High School. During her High School tenure, Darlene moved to New York to reside with her maternal grandmother, the late Etta Kline, where she graduated in the class of 1967.  Perhaps it was here that Darlene found her passion in fashion design as she was enamored in the latest styles as presented in the Big Apple. After a few years, Darlene then returned to Denver, where she enrolled at Emily Griffith Opportunity School, where she earned a certificate in Insurance Adjustment.

Around 1973, through an arrangement with a mutual friend, Darlene met the love of her life, the late Willie C. Jones, at the Non-Commissioned Officer’s Club (NCO) at the Lowry Air Force Base.  Shortly after becoming friends and a brief courtship, they were married at Bethel Christ Holiness Church by the late Pastor Fritz Russell.  To this union, a total of six children were born.

“To our loving recollection, our mother and father instilled in us a sense of cultural pride and a Christian lifestyle.  The traditions and values established in our home were so genuine that oftentimes, neighborhood kids found delight in joining us during our dinner hour and during festivities.”

In 1995, Darlene enrolled at Concorde Career Institute, where she majored in Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy.  She performed her externship at the National Jewish Medical Research Center, while working full time at Nabi, and other blood donation centers.  She also assisted in the annual 9Health Fares in Denver.  After quite a few years, her husband was at home taking over the babysitting of their grandchildren.  For once in his life, Apostle Willie C. Jones, Jr.  took on a duty much too difficult for himself and asked Darlene to return home and be a homemaker again, and she did just that.

Darlene really enjoyed spending quality time with her family, every chance she got, she would organize movie nights, spending time at the Denver Zoo, museums, amusement parks, and cookouts at the park.  Her favorite restaurant to visit was Golden Corral.  “To us kids at times, it became somewhat of a nuisance to eat at the buffet so frequently, but we took this in humor and sometimes traded off on who would go with her.”

Much to her delight, Darlene kept her kids active in church.  Throughout her life, she was a member of Bethel Christ Holiness under Reverend Caldwell, Reverend Fritz Russell, Pastor Morgan, and Pastor Stanley E. and Christine Gaddis. She also attended Spottswood AME Zion under pastor Bishop Howard, Fishers of Men under pastor Josephine Falls, and The House of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church under Pastors Ralph and Caroline Beechum.

The “silent servant” title can be accredited to Darlene due to her devoted caretaking of her loved ones beginning with her mother. From the time of her mother, Mary’s, stroke around 1977 to her departure from us in 1995, Darlene’s care for her mother was relentless.  Darlene also cared for her son, Trumaine, through his illnesses up until his untimely death 2011.  Subsequently, she also tended to her son, Travis throughout his ailments and surgeries.  As well as tending to her ailing husband, Willie C. Jones, until his untimely demise.

In the early afternoon of February 2, 2019, our Lord and Saviour saw fit to call his silent servant home.  Darlene was at Lavaland with both of her daughters, daughter in law, and their children.  Just as she was enjoying herself talking and laughing with her family, our loving mother, grandma or Nana, as she preferred to be called, collapsed from a heart attack.

Darlene is preceded in death her husband, Apostle Willie C. Jones, Jr.; her youngest son, Trumaine Demond Jones; her mother, Mary Lee Morney; and her brother, Robert Terrell Jones.

Those left to cherish her in memory are her children, Trent Draveil Sweetwine, Teckla (Vincent) Brown, Terrial Denise Jones, Travis Dion Jones, Terrance Darnell (Sheila) Jones; her grandchildren, Haley Davis, Therrian Jones, Theresa Jones, Trevares Dionte’ Jones, Jordan Robinson, Isaiah Zeke Sweetwine, Genesis Sweetwine, Syrus Trask, Fulani Elease Jones, Tevye’ Dakar Jones, Tevin Dayan Jones, Mary Jones, Terrance Jones, Jr., Eliana Jones, Jaison Sweetwine, Vincent Brown, Jr.; great grandchildren, Taiden Jones, Taelyn Jones, Ethan Jones, and Farrah Davis; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.


Celebration of Life: February 14, 2019 11:00 am

House of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church
3082 Leyden Street
Denver, CO 80220

Reception: February 14, 2019 1:00 pm

House of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church
3082 Leyden Street
Denver, CO 80220

Room: Fellowship Hall

Interment: February 15, 2019 9:00 am

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 S Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80235

Room: Staging Area "A"

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  1. God bless you It was a blessing that you were able to see your close family before God called you home to be with your husband you will truely be missed God Bless the family I felt a connection with you because we have the same last name and your birthday is a day before mines I’ll also miss sitting talkin we just be whispering stuff just laughing but I wont be selfish your in a better place now RIP

  2. I’m sorry to see u go but the Father said it is time for u my daughter to come home to rest! I know u will be missed by your love ones

  3. Dear Family,
    Our hearts are saddened as yours are at the loss of Mom, but we embrace you with love at this difficult time! All of us have a common bond that will keep us connected the rest of our lives. The empty space in your hearts caused by her loss can only be healed by our loving God, who always has the best plan. He knows our past and holds our future. Let our ever-loving God comfort you and give you peace in knowing He will never leave us nor forsake us. We recognize through our pain that Mom’s loss is Heaven’s gain!
    She was an awesome and devoted wife, incredible Mother to all of her children — always cooking and looking like the Queen she was.
    May your hearts and spirits be lifted knowing we will see her again, but we must keep our hands in God’s hands.

    Our Almighty God will see us through! We love you all very much and are keeping you in our prayers!

    Lovingly submitted,
    Pastor Eric and Mom Beechum, the Beechum Family & HOJ Family

  4. Tragedies in life are never easy to face nor the loss of a loved one — especially the loss of a beloved Mother! Mother Darlene was a jewel — a sure enough mover and shaker who knew how to hold her family together! She was a devoted wife and Mother who put her trust in God, and loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart. Her love and commitment to her family was incredible.
    She will be indeed greatly missed, but know she is resting from her labors in the presence of the Lamb and with her husband once again.
    May your hearts be comforted and blessed by these words of comfort: And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Revelation 14:13 God summoned her home and she has gone to receive her crown.

    The House of Joy is saddened at the loss of Mother Teresa Darlene, and you have our sincere love, prayers and condolences as you face yet another difficult time long the journey! We are here for you, and our family connection will never be broken! Keep looking to God who is our refuge and strength. Know that God will see you thru and His love never fails!

    Lovingly submitted,
    Pastor Eric, Mom Beechum, The Beechum Family & The HOJ Family

  5. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the children, grandchildren, and other family members, friends, and love ones of Ms. Darlene. May God give you all strength and comfort in your time of sorrow. I/we are truly sadden to hear of her passing. She will truly be missed. We love you all.

  6. May God help your family with there loss and you will be greatly by friends also but the Father said daughter it is time for u to come home and rest u have done a well jjob here u going to better place God bless!

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