In Memoriam

Beloved Preschool Teacher at Mandala

Jennie Jones, well-loved and long-remembered former teacher at Mandala, passed away in Columbia Tennessee on Monday, March 3, 2014. All who knew her are saddened by this loss. For 31 years, from 1978 to 2009, Jennie Jones touched the lives of thousands of children who walked through the doors of Mandala. With her big smile and her wide-open heart, she embraced children and parents alike. Everyone felt the touch of Jennie’s generous spirit. Jennie loved all children—whoever they were. Jennie had a special touch for those who needed a little extra tender loving care. Whether it was the child who had special challenges or the child who just needed his tears dried and his feelings soothed, Jennie was there to embrace them. Many former Mandala children remember the comfort of snuggling into Jennie’s soft lap or being embraced in the safety of her big, open arms. Jennie  will long be remembered at Mandala. We each carry a piece of her in our hearts.

Dedicated Office Director for 34 Years

We also grieve the sad news that Roberta Sota died in July of 2017. From 1975 to 2009, Roberta was the faithful, smiling face that first greeted parents as they came in the door of the Mandala office, whether it was into our crumbling old trailer or our brand new new building. For 34 years, Roberta skillfully managed our office and handled all our financial operations. Roberta was the glue that helped hold the administrative team together through our up and down years as Mandala grew from a very small school into a large, multi-dimensional organization. Roberta was kind-hearted and generous. We will always remember her for her long years of devoted service and her tiny acts of thoughtfulness that touched us all.