Funeral services for Ann Sonntag, 88, of Rockdale are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. Rev. Jack Chelf of First Baptist Church in Rockdale will officiate.

Visitation is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Sonntag died Saturday, Feb. 15, at Cameron Nursing Home in Cameron.

She was born Nov. 18, 1925, in Belzoni, Mississippi, to Corrie Franklin and Sarah Allene (McCoy) Jones.

At an early age, her family moved to Port Arthur, then to Houston.

While in Houston she worked for Western Union.

On Jan. 6, 1940, she married John E. Sonntag.

They left Houston and moved to Rockdale around 1950, where she has lived the past 63 years.

Mrs. Sonntag worked as a telephone operator in Rockdale, then Taylor and became a service representative for Southwestern Bell, retiring after 28 years.

She had been a member of First Baptist Church in Rockdale since 1950, a member of Eastern Star Chapter 13 and had served as a past matron. She was a Democratic Precinct Chairperson for eight years.

Mrs. Sonntag enjoyed needlework and collecting video tapes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, on Jan. 4, 2011; a daughter, Mary Beth Beach, on Sept. 8, 2010; her parents; and a brother, Charles F. Jones.

Survivors are a daughter, Dolores A. Sonntag of Rockdale; a brother, John D. Jones of Jasper; a sister, Sharon Littell of Houston; a son-in-law, John Beach of Deming, New Mexico; two nieces, Patrice Penuel, Cindy Canales and husband Mark; and two nephews, Frank Jones and Bruce Jones; also, a number of great-nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be deacons of First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 109, Rockdale, TX 76567 or to College of the Ozarks, Attention: Development Office, P.O. Box 17, Point Lookout, MO 65726.

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