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Vicki Jones-Zacarias, age 64, fell asleep in death on July 9, 2023 in Little Rock, AR. She resided in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born on January 25, 1959 in Fort
Smith. Vicki graduated from Northside High School in 1977, and also attended Westark Community College. Vicki Jones-Zacarias was preceded in death by her father, John Herbert Jones, her mother, Ruth Lester (Jones) Brown, her brother Todd Anthony Jones, and her sister Consuelo Tanner. Survivors include her husband, Jorge Zacarias of Fort Smith, AR, her two sons J.P. Jones of Fort Smith, AR and Tony Jones (Annitra) of Fort Smith, AR, two grandchildren, TJ and Nyla Jones of Fort Smith, AR and four siblings; Debra G. Jones of Fort Smith, AR, Russel Jones (Betty) of Van Buren, AR, Ibrahim Abdullah of Dallas, TX, and Janelle Jones-Brown (Michael) of Crossett, AR, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other loved ones. Special Acknowledgement To her grandchildren, TJ and Nyla, they shared a very, very special relationship, as they were the light of her life. Vicki also shared a very special relationship and greatly missed her mother, Ruth Lester Brown. “You guide me with your advice, and afterwards you will lead me to glory. My body and my heart may fail, but God is the rock of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalms 73:24&26). Vicki grew up in the Elm Grove Housing Projects in Fort Smith. She was an avid reader, having learned how to read at the age of three. She had many fond memories growing up at Elm Grove including reading at the park, enjoying pickle sickles, and swimming. Another one of her favorite memories was going to her grandmother’s house “MoMo.” At MoMo’s the kids would love playing out in the yard while MoMo and the family prepared dinner. As a young student, Vicki attended Howard Elementary. While at Howard, she would continue her love of reading by excelling in all of her classes in each grade. Little
Vicki enjoyed going to the movies, reading books at the library, and spending time with Nita and Stephanie Ruff at Bose and Pauline Ruff’s house. Vicki was treated
like family at the Ruff’s where the girls would be found singing, playing, and getting into as much as was allowed. Vicki would then attend Darby Junior High School where she continued her love of school, and also played the clarinet in the band. Vicki would finish her education at Northside High School, graduating in 1977. During her teenage years Vicki continued her friendship with Nita and Stephanie, and also developed strong friendships with Francene Feimster (Kimble) and Gloria Porter. After graduating Northside High School Vicki would explore different career opportunities. She loved to travel on spontaneous trips with girlfriends, to Saint
Louis, Dallas, and Oklahoma City to name a few. Vicki also loved traveling the country with her mother, literally going from coast to coast. Vicki began working at
Dixie Cup in 1981 where she would retire after 37 years. Vicki took pride in raising her children making sure they understood the value of hard work, treating people with respect, and to always have a forgiving heart. Vicki’s children not only included her biological sons, but also her daughter-in-law, grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, friends of her children, and children at the Kingdom Hall. Vicki would give a person the shirt off of her back, especially all of her children. Vicki would marry Jorge Zacarias in 2013, and would remain married to Jorge for the remainder of her life. Vicki and Jorge shared many special memories together, traveling the country, spending time with grandchildren, and continuing their ministry. The foundation of Vicki’s life was the fact that she was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness. She would dedicate herself to Jehovah by being baptized on March 28, 1976, and for the next 47 years, she remained loyal to her faith, never wavering in her relationship with Jehovah. Vicki committed herself to putting her ministry first in her life. Vicki believed the bible taught that death was like sleep from which one would awaken (John 11:11). She believe and shared with others the belief that the day was soon to come when Jehovah would call for all those who are asleep in death to arise onto a Paradise earth. Until that day when “death is swallowed up forever.” (1 Cor. 15: 53, 54). Acknowledgement: The family of Vicki Jones-Zacarias wishes to express our sincere thanks for all of the expressions of love and kindness during our time of bereavement, in particular to Vicki’s extended family, as she had developed relationships all over the country with her Witness brothers and sisters. Vicki’s Favorite Verses: For we were saved in this hope; but hope that is seen is not hope, for when a man sees a thing, does he hope for it? But if we hope for what we do not see, we keep eagerly waiting for it with endurance. (Rom. 8:24-25). Therefore, we do not give up, but even if the man we are outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside is being renewed from day to day. For though the tribulation is momentary and light, it works out for us a glory that is of more and more surpassing greatness and is everlasting; while we keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen. For the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting. (2 Cor. 4: 16-18).
Saturday, July 29, 2023 – 1:00 p.m.
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
4711 Kelley Hwy, Fort Smith, AR 72904