Mrs. Mary Jeanette Jones Schacht, 85

Mary Jeanette Jones Schacht, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2019. She was born in Durham County, North Carolina on May 17, 1934.

It was December 10, 1943 when Dr. W. Jeffrey Jones Sr. who was Senior Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Gainesville, Georgia received a call from the welfare office stating that they had a nine-year-old girl who did not have a place to stay the night. The girls name was Jeanette.  Dr. Jones and his wife Gladys Jones were asked if they would be willing to keep the child until they could get Jeanette admitted into the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home. Dr. and Mrs. Jones agreed, and Jeanette came to their home to spend a few nights. Dr. and Mrs. Jones fell in love with Jeanette and she never left their home and was formally adopted a few years later.

Jeanette graduated from Savannah High School in 1952 and went on to Baylor University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Physical Education, Recreation and Education in 1956. Jeanette then did her graduate study at Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Tennessee, and Tennessee State University. In 1974, she received a master’s degree from Florida A&M with a major in Counselor Education and School Psychology. Jeanette dedicated her professional life impacting the lives of hundreds of boys and girls beginning as a teacher of physical education from 1957-1972 at various high and middle schools. In 1972, she became the coordinator at the Teen Parent Program at the Leon County School System in Tallahassee, Florida. From 1974-1977 she was Counselor, Career Guidance Project Director, and Job Placement Coordinator at Johnson High School in Gainesville, Georgia. In 1977, she accepted a position at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia as Director of Counseling, Testing and Placement and Financial Aid Director. In 1979, Jeanette became Senior High School Counselor at East Hall High School in Gainesville GA and was there until she retired in 1993.  She often stated that her position at East Hall was the most rewarding of her entire educational career.  In the summer of 1995, she received a call from her former principal at Johnson High School, Leland Dishman school superintendent of the North Slope Borough School District. A District in Alaska that consisted of more than 88,000 square miles and asked her to come out of retirement and offered her a Counselor position in Point Hope Alaska, a Village over 300 air miles west of Barrow. She could almost see Russia from her school. It was a great adventure for Jeanette, and she returned home in 1996 just in time to volunteer at the Lake Lanier Rowing and Canoe/Kayak facility in Gainesville, Georgia during the 1996 Olympics.

Jeanette loved her time at the beach where she purchased a seasonal home after retirement. Her children and grandchildren were her priorities and she was there for all of them with love, kindness, and support. She had a big heart and loved all of them equally and unconditionally.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Jeffrey and Gladys Jones, brothers, Dr. Jeffrey Jones, Marlin Jones, her infant son Stephan, and her son Hans Schacht Jr. She is survived by her brother Dr. Roger Jones, son Bryan Schacht, daughters in law Alecia Schacht and Denise Grogan. Also surviving include her grandchildren Nicholas Schacht, Amanda Schacht Turner, Elisabeth Schacht, Aubrey Schacht Pierce, and Alexandra Schacht as well with seven great grandchildren.

Jeanette was under the care of Atlanta Family Hospice and a resident at Hope Memory Care in Dacula, Georgia. She and her entire family are deeply grateful for the loving care provided throughout that time by the staff.

A memorial service will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Gainesville, Georgia on Friday June 14, 2019 beginning at 2:00 with Senior Pastor Mike Taylor of Central Baptist Church officiating. The family will receive friends right afterwards until 4:00.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.

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Mary Kline 2019-06-10 18:36:46
We will miss her very much. A good Mother, friend and grandmother. Rest In Peace. Prayers for the family.
Leland Dishman 2019-06-10 19:47:54
My deepest condolences to Brian and the rest of Jeanette’s family. She was a compassionate, caring, loving individual who often placed the needs of others before her needs. She made a positive difference in the life of hundreds of students. She left this earth greatly loved!
Judith Perry Braselton 2019-06-10 20:42:33
May His grace be with all of you. Her love continues in the hearts of her family and friends. Very sorry for your loss. Rejoice as she is with her Lord!
Janet Wofford 2019-06-10 20:44:32
Bryan and Alecia, so sorry to here about your sweet Mother. You were a great son to her. Love you and praying for you and the whole family.
Lori aiken 2019-06-10 20:55:54
So sorry for your loss of this precious lady . She was my high school counselor at east hall high . Thinking of you !!
Betty Deadwyler 2019-06-10 22:41:45
Jeanette and I shared many good times during our counseling days in Gainesville. She was a wonderful friend and always was willing to help in so many ways to improve our services for students. She was a special lady and will be missed as well as remembered by many whose lives she touched! May God’s presence give you peace.
Tonette Underwood 2019-06-11 07:11:07
May Almighty God bless you and keep you. May He continue to shine His glory about you! This is such a surprise to me. I remember well her loving smile at Johnson High. She was always so kind to me! And she gave the best hugs! I will miss you Ms Schacht. RIP
Grace Cleary 2019-06-11 08:14:20
So sorry to hear of “Mama” Schacht’s passing. I have very fond memories of her from my days at Brenau College.
Denise & John Grogan 2019-06-12 11:55:01
Thank you, Jeanette for all of the will be in our hearts forever. Thank you for loving me for 42 years.
Susan Johnson 2019-06-12 21:03:22
Jeanette was a good friend and colleague. I could always count on her strong advocacy for students and I valued her opinion on making our student services department better. My deepest condolences to her family.
Colleen and Wolfgang Jager 2019-06-13 20:26:05
Jeanette was a great person who helped me tremendously to establish my life in the United States. I will always be in her debt.
Cheryl Hawkins 2019-06-14 08:48:40
Jeanette took me under her wing when she was my counselor at East Hall, and I am forever grateful for the time she spent helping me in high school and beyond. I will treasure those memories. Rest in peace.
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