Award-winning fiddler, radio and television star, and former wife of Hee Haw mainstay Grandpa Jones, Ramona Jones passed away on Tuesday (Nov. 17) at the age of 91 in Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Born Ramona Riggins of Raglesville, Ind., the multi-instrumentalist frequently appeared on Hee Haw and the Grand Ole Opry as Grandpa’s duet partner, and together they performed overseas for troops during the Korean Conflict. The couple married in 1946 and had four children—Marsha, Eloise, Mark and Alisa.
In addition to her role as wife and duet partner, Ramona recorded three solo albums, published a cookbook (Ramona Jones Recipes) and wrote an autobiography, Make Music While You Can.
Louis Marshall “Grandpa” Jones passed away in 1998 and several years later Ramona married Methodist pastor Eugene Gober.
Ramona is survived by her husband, Gene, and children Eloise, Mark and Alisa, along with grandchildren and step-grandchildren.