The actress was written out of Corrie in October to undergo emergency surgery, but a spokesperson had said her condition was improving and she had been expected to return to the soap.
Jones first appeared on the show 35 years ago but became a regular cast member in 1999.
William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, her on-screen son-in-law, played tribute to the star: "Maggie was a big part of the Barlow family and a brilliant actress. She was a tower of strength, physically frail but mentally strong as an ox and sharp as someone half her age.
"She had an amazing dry wit and was as funny if not funnier than Blanche. We were great cross word partners, we sat through Tracy’s trial scenes doing the cross word together."