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Christine Burnsed Jones, widow of Forrest Austin Jones, Sr. passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Savannah, GA to the late Erastus Lemont Burnsed and the late Mittie DeLoach Burnsed on April 5, 1928.  She was 93 years old.

Preceded in death by her brother, Earl Lemont Burnsed, Sr.

After elementary school her family moved to Claxton, GA. Upon graduating from Claxton High School, she attended Business College in Atlanta, GA. Thereafter, she accepted a job at Cameron Barkley in Savannah, GA where she met Forrest Jones, her life-long partner and love of her life.  Forrest and Christine wed and moved to Beaufort, SC in 1950 where together they became bedrocks of the community participating actively in building the vitality of their businesses and civic projects. Notably, she owned and operated Bay Fashions for 20 years. They were, also, very involved with Carteret Street United Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women, Quilting Club, Gray Blades and Ouida Shearhouse Circle. Also, she was an active member of Beaufort Jayceettes, Beaufort Downtown Merchants’ Association, Beaufort Historical Society and was also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Christine loved flowers and was an enthusiastic member of the Broad River Garden Club. She was most passionate about her Camellias and engaged in grafting and growing many beautiful varieties. She was an active member of the American Camellia Society, recognized with many ribbons and awards.

Christine is survived by her 3 Children: Daughter, Linda Jones Sirisky and husband Ronnie of Charleston, SC; Son, Forrest Austin Jones, Jr. of Beaufort, SC; Daughter, Beth Ann Jones Julseth and her husband Ron of Hilton Head Island, SC.  5 Granddaughters; Shea Sirisky Cianciolo and her husband Derek; Lindsay Sirisky Schultz and her husband Brian, both of Charleston, SC; Carter Chase Julseth of St. Charles, MO and Heather Susan Julseth of Tucson, AZ and a Grandson; Hunter Grayson Julseth of Hilton Head Island, SC; Great Granddaughter; Stella Callaway Cianciolo and sister-in-law Juanita “Neat” Burnsed of Savannah, GA and many nieces and nephews.

Christine was a wonderful mother, grandmother “Mimi” and a true matriarch of her family.  She too was a loyal and dedicated friend to many. She was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. She frequently hosted large gatherings of family and friends for holidays and special celebrations where her legendary cooking took center stage. She will be terribly missed and ever remembered by those that came to know her.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 2022 at Copeland Funeral Service.

The funeral for Christine will be held 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 13, 2022 at Carteret Street United Methodist Church. Following the service a reception will be held in the church Fellowship Hall. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Carteret Street United Methodist Church, 408 Carteret Street, Beaufort, South Carolina, 29902.

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  1. Norma Duncan says:

    Christine dressed many of us in her shop..she always had an eye for beautiful clothes..what was best suited for all her faithful customers..she was warm and welcoming in her shop..I loved being a customer at her sincere sympathy to each of you in her beautiful family.

  2. Janet S MacDonald says:

    I am sad to hear of Mrs. Jones passing away. She was a very special lady and I have fond memories of growing up next to the Jones family and working with her at Bay Fashions! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
    Love and prayers,

  3. Jane Miller says:

    Linda, Forrest and Beth Ann, I will cherish so many great memories of times together with our families, always filled with good food and lots of laughs. Your mother was very special to all of us. With Aunt Christine I knew where to go for clothes, a flower arrangement, pecans, or an update on the Braves. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families whom she loved more than anything. May she Rest In Peace.

  4. Bill Sutton says:

    Forrest and Christine were family friends of my parents for certainly longer than I can remember. I have many fond memories of visiting with them at the appliance store, the clothing store, their home and ours. Our deepest sympathy to you, and our most sincere celebration for lives well lived! Special friends!

  5. Margaret Pfeiffer says:

    I will miss sending cards to Christine each month.She was well thought in our circle at Carteret St. United Method Church.

  6. Carolyn S Knudsen says:

    I remember both your parents fondly. Great neighbors. I am very sorry for your loss.

  7. Georgianne Davis Caldwell says:

    Christine was a very caring, special lady and a dear friend! I remember her at Bay Fashions and then we were in Broad River Garden Club for several years, she loved her camelias as I do and Linda and I were in high school together. My prayers are with the family, may she rest in peace.

  8. Jan Bowers says:

    Christine was truly a kind, gentle southern lady. She will be missed by so many Sending deepest sympathy to all her family.

  9. Prriscilla A. Trask says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Mrs. Jones passing She was such a wonderful lady. Always found her kind in her store or working with her in garden club matters. I send my sincere sympathy to all of you.

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