We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home and Chapel
Unconditional love. This is what Margaret Jaynelle Cash (Jaynelle) began to bring into the world on September 1st, 1941. She spent her life generously handing it out to all who knew her until her last day; September 3rd, 2021.
As everyone’s top cheerleader and encourager, she led the way in celebrating each person in her family whether it be birthdays, weddings, new additions, graduations or just because it was Tuesday. Her family was her passion and she always had that passion on full display. As the family grew, newborns and new additions to the family were wholeheartedly loved and welcomed without hesitation. Being loved by so many meant affectionate nicknames were plentiful. You could easily turn her head by uttering names such as Jaynelle, Nelle, Momma, Mom, Memaw, Grandma, and Poogie, among others.
She dearly loved her two sons she called her babies. Jaynelle (“Momma”) worked hard and lead by example as she strove to instill lifelong values and ethics. She was always quick with a kind word and an optimistic outlook. As they grew she was also a constant source of support from the sidelines, bleachers, or stadium for Mike and Russell as their biggest cheerleader…whether sports or life in general.
Friends usually became close friends and never wavered in their admiration and love for Jaynelle. It was her enthusiasm, optimism, knowledge of many issues, and selflessness that also set her apart. Those who paused, even for a short while, to discover who she was, were rewarded.
She was a woman of many talents, skills, and organization. The Oklahoma Ceramic Association awarded her numerous ribbons and trophies for her porcelain doll creations over the span of several years. It was just one of her past times which included, leather work, Tole painting, ceramic figurines, quilting, square dancing. She will also be remembered for her joyful renditions of songs with grandchildren while traveling. With talent, patience, planning and a steely determination, she created over 200 quilts. Her highly coveted quilts were lovingly given to family and friends over the years. Many television viewers were treated to the square dancing skills her and her husband in the early years of their marriage.
Not just talent, dedication, and skill, but intelligence were her calling cards. While in high school, she demonstrated exceptional competence in all required areas of study, thus being offered the opportunity to graduate a full year ahead of schedule. Of course, she opted to remain in school with her friends. Later in life, while choosing to prepare to support her two sons’ desires to attend college, she attended the South Oklahoma City Junior College to obtain her associate’s degree in accounting. Shining brightly, again, she tutored pupils in her class while simultaneously studying for the class. Throughout her life, she served as the compendium of knowledge of family history…the family Google.
She is the daughter of Fred and Margaret Ashley and sister to Lou, Lloyd, Joellen, and Johnny, all of whom preceded her in death. Her legacy cannot be contained in this writing…it lives on with her entire family. Her youngest son, William Russell Cash, went on years ago to greet her in Heaven. Those that remain include her husband of 62 years, Ed Cash, her oldest son, Mike Cash and his wife Mitzi, daughter-in-law, Gayle Cash, and sister-in-law, Susie Ashley. Grandchildren and spouses include Janae and Marlo Rivera, Kiley and Chris Valentas, Jennie Harris, Scott Cash, Brandon Cash and Ann Brown, Zackary Cash, and Orin Cash. Great grandchildren include Zoie, Lily, Sophie, Hazel, Jacob, Eloise, Olive, Walter, Harvey, Izetta, and Maia.
Her absence is greatly felt by all who knew her. Those who knew her live richer lives because of it. The way she loved and lived her life continues to light the way for us all. With Jesus Christ in her heart, she demonstrated what the world needs more than ever…unconditional love.
A private family memorial service will be held Saturday, 11 September.