Jane Beetham Jones was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 1945 she graduated from Redford High School, where she was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, and briefly worked as a waitress on U.S. Coast Guard-supervised boats. Jones then attended the University of Minnesota on a scholarship for two years, while working summers at the Detroit News. She remained at the newspaper as a full time replacement staffer until 1953, and also attended the University of Detroit for two years.
Jones joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 5th Infantry Battalion, in 1952 in Detroit. She attended boot camp at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, over the course of three summers. She continued to have summer tours, usually in the Public Information Office, at bases including San Diego, California; Norfolk, Virginia; Pensacola, Florida; Cherry Point, North Carolina; St. Louis, Missouri; and Tustin and El Toro, California. She also taught military history while stationed at Quantico, Virginia, and finished her career with the Air Reserve at Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan, retiring in 1980.
Jane Jones met her husband while with the Marine Corps in Detroit and married in 1960. Until his death in 1972, the Jones were stationed together during summer tours.
In between summer duties, Jones worked at a wine shop during the late 1950s; doing public relations for a glass replacement company from 1960 to 1965; and in public relations for Rockwell International from 1965 to 1970. After Jones left the reserves in 1980, she worked in public information for the City of Detroit until retiring from that position in 1992. Jones then relocated to Durham, North Carolina. She passed away on 1 September, 2011.