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Facts About Shirley Ann Jones - Jerry Van Dykes' Widow

Published Tue Sep 03 2019 By DGM
Facts About Shirley Ann Jones - Jerry Van Dykes' Widow

Shirley Ann Jones is an American native who is better recognized as the widow of late actor and comedian Jerry Van Dyke. She is the second wife of the late celebrity after Carol Johnson.

Jones was married to the legendary sitcom actor for over four decades. Here are 10 facts about her:

Late Husband - Jerry Van Dyke  

Ann was married to Jerry for 42 years since their marriage back on the 21st of December, 1977. The couple lived a very peaceful and harmonious life from their marriage. 

Though the couple didn't share any kids, they parented Dyke's children from his first wife Carol. The two were happily together until the death of the legend made them apart.

Three Step-Children

As we mentioned earlier, Jones is the step mother of Jerry's three children; two daughters late Kelly Jean Van Dyke and Jerri Lynn Dyke and son Ronald Dyke.

A picture of Jerry Van Dyke with his daughters; Jerri Lynn Dyke and Kelly Jean Van Dyke.
Jerry Van Dyke with his daughters; Jerri Lynn Dyke and Kelly Jean Van Dyke.
Image Source: Rolling Stone

Jerry's Only Wife Without Any Kids

You would have surely known up to now that Shirley doesn't share any kids with her late husband. The reason behind this maybe because they were over 40 years old when they tied knot and decided not to have any child but parent the actor's kids instead. Jerry's kids are from his ex-wife with whom he divorced in 1974.

Had a Car Accident

It was back in 2016 when Ann and her spouse had a terrible car accident which eventually started the decline of Jerry's health. Though she wasn't affected seriously, her husband had problems in his internal organs which was slowly taking his life.

Passing Away of Spouse on her Lap

Two years after the car accident, in January 5, 2018, Jerry passed away at the age of 86 on Shirley's lap in their countryside ranch at Hot Springs of Arkansas suffering a congestive heart failure. 

The actor was not recovering well from the accident he had couple of years back which eventually marking his life's end. 

A picture of Shirley Ann Janes with her late husband Jerry Van Dyke.
Shirley Ann Janes with her late husband Jerry Van Dyke.
Image Source: Getty Images 

Husband Raped His Own Daughter

It might sound a bit weird but the fact is that the 'Lethal Victims' star actually raped his own daughter Kelly when she was a teenager. He used to show up at house drunk regularly and one day he raped his daughter telling her that she needed to learn to grow up.

Not only that, he even made her to have sex with his fellow friends from the acting industry.

Step-Daughter Committed Suicide

On 17th of November, 1991, Shirley's step-daughter Kelly aka Nancee Kelly committed suicide at her apartment by hanging herself to death. 

Kelly had a very rough history with the use of drugs which made her do the deed of taking her own life. She was married to late actor Jack Nance at that time.

A picture of Kelly Jean Van Dyke with her husband, Jack Nance.
Kelly Jean Van Dyke with her husband, Jack Nance.
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Widow of a Millionaire

Dick Van Dyke's sister-in-law is the widow of a multimillionaire. Yes, her late husband Jerry held an amazing net worth of $40 million from his successful acting career in movies and television shows.

Residence in Arkansas

Shirley currently resides at the ranch that she and her husband used to live together. She lives in a 800-acre property located in Hot Springs, Arkansas of the United States.

Low Profile Life

As most wives of celebrities, Ann also stays out of the limelight as much as possible. Before Jerry death, she used to be somehow spotted with him in public but after he died, she has been living a very private life and we respect her privacy.

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