Kory Laurene Jones
Published 2:45 pm Monday, October 29, 2018
MIDDLETOWN, RI — Kory Laurene Jones, of Middletown, passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 21, 2018, surrounded by, and in the arms of, a large group of the family and friends that loved and supported her. Kory was born on Feb. 23, 1985, in Newport News to her loving and caring parents, Mark and Kim Forrest, and grew up learning from and cherishing her beloved sister, best friend, and role model, Kymberly.
A distinguished graduate of both Isle of Wight Academy and the University of Virginia, Kory was most known for her smile, love, and absolute beauty. Her smile was one that lit every room she walked into, and her optimism made every person she encountered feel important, loved and heard. In 2007, Kory married her childhood best friend and sweetheart, U.S. Army Special Forces Captain Matt Jones, and traveled the country through multiple moves and duty stations. Kory was a dedicated Army wife, supporting her family through multiple overseas deployments, and building perfect homes in the different states that they moved. Kory’s accomplishments were many, but she was most proud of her two perfect children, Leaven Monroe, 7, and Kamryn Laurene, 20 months, who she loved and adored more than anything in the world. Kory was a natural born caretaker, and an absolute expert homemaker, mother and wife. Kory was smiling and laughing until her last moments, and will be remembered by anyone that ever experienced her walk into a room. She was a beaming example of unflappable love, and a never-quit attitude. Kory’s eyes only saw the good, and her love could effortlessly transform heavy hearts. Her love of people was contagious, and she strove to make everyone as happy as possible. Kory was led into Heaven by her father-in-law, Robert “Bob” Monroe Jones Jr., and her grandfather, William Hugh Forrest. She waits patiently there for her parents, Mark and Kim Forrest, and Tammi Jones of Surry; as well as her siblings, Kymberly and Paul Carr of Smithfield, and Amy and Lee Stuart of Lynn, Ark. She was also an extremely proud “Aunt Kor-Kor” to her nephews, Quincy and Grady Carr, and Ace and Ash Stuart. Her ‘Poquoson Family’ was extensive, and she will be fondly missed by her grandparents, John and Maryanne Hanson, Jack and Lucy Redick, and her hero, Coretta Forrest, whom she affectionately called her “Mamas-a-while”; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Kory was nothing short of beautiful, inside and out. Words can never describe the person she was, nor the difficulty of understanding why she cannot be here to continue to better the world in every capacity in which she encountered it. Every moment of her 33 years was spent greeting every day with intention, sacrifice, and selfless service. Her impact will endure indefinitely, and her spirit will remain in the hearts of all she touched. She will continue to be seen daily through the beauty of her children, who are her ultimate legacy, and carry with them her light, optimism, drive and spirit. There was memorial service for Kory at the International Tennis Hall of Fame followed by a reception at La Forge Casino Restaurant in Newport, on Oct. 24. A funeral service was Oct. 28 in Smithfield Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the Old Brick Church Cemetery, Bacon’s Castle. Online condolences may be registered at www.littlesfuneralhome.com.