FullSizeRender (1)Iris Rosalee Jones Leary, 81, of Pond Hill died Saturday, March 26, 2017 at the residence of her daughter.

She was born June 12, 1935 in Bath County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Robert Ransom Jones and Iris Madeline Jackson Jones.

Iris was retired, having worked at the Forest Service Visitation Center in Hot Springs, and did housekeeping for many families in the area.  She started working in Warm Springs at the age of 8 in the kitchen at the Warm Springs Inn. She was a waitress at the Sportsman Inn for many years.

She attended Chimney Run Church of the Brethren for a large part of her life and was a graduate of Old Valley High School.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Iris is survived by her children: Patricia L. Spangler of Clifton Forge, Kimberly L. Call and husband Richard Jr. of Millboro; grandchildren: David Leary, Sarah Berenato, Emily Berenato, Connor Call, Darin Spangler; great grandchildren: Damien Craig, Tiana Richmond, Kenley Gamble, and Mariah Spangler; half-sisters: Dreama Martin and Nancy Williams; sister-in-law Thelma Curtis, brother-in-law Hubert Leary and wife Sherrie, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jackie Olden Leary, who preceded her on February 27, 2013, a son: Michael Lynn Leary, and her siblings: Robert Thomas Jones, and Lorna Gertrude Jones Law.

A funeral service will be conducted at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Virginia Chapel United Methodist Church with Pastor Lorrie Aikens officiating.  A meal will be served after the service at the church.

The family will receive friends an hour before the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Regional Hospice or Virginia Chapel United Methodist Church.


  1. Sending prayers for peace and strength for you and your family, Kim.

  2. My condolences to everyone. May God wrap his arms around you to provide you with strength during your difficult time. Love to all. Joey and Debbie Berenato

  3. Thurmond and I were so sorry to hear about Iris. She was a fine lady. Thurmond has wonderful memories of sharing Thanksgiving with the Leary family. Not only was she the best cook around, but opened her home to all of Jackie’s hunting buddies. I know heaven has prepared a feast and the angels are singing loud as they bring one of their own home. We love you Patty and Kim and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thurmond and Julie Chambers

  4. So sorry for your loss! Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all!

    Tommy, Mary Beth and Wsyne

  5. This was one great lady. Knew her 75 years. We both are from Pond Hill. Many times her Dad would ask me to pick her up from work at Inn at night. When she married Jackie, wanted to stay at Pond Hill. My dad (George Harper Turner) sold her and Jackie land, where they made their home, behind our home. I visited Bath County Nov 2016, drove up to their home, wanted to visit IRIS. No one home, was told she was with her daughter, but was unable to find them. She will be missed by all that knew her, she was always had a great smile, would help anyone that needed help. She loved her parents and help them for many years. I will miss her, but she is in company with lot of her family and friends, and being god’s angle to all. God Bless.
    Jake Clarke (Sonny Turner)

  6. Dear Family….so sorry to hear about the passing of Iris. She will be missed. Please know our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Fondly, Patti & Ralphie.


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