H. Virginia (Jones) Hemley of Oakton, VA on March 10, 2014. Amazing wife of Julian of 63 years and exceptional mother of Russell, Ginette and Curtis. Born in Las Cruces, NM on December 21, 1928 to Thomas Jefferson Jones and Lillian (Wendt) Jones and known as Helen to her relatives, she was the youngest of six children, growing up in Las Cruces, Arrey and Hot Springs (Truth or Consequences), NM. Virginia graduated from Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman's University) in Denton, TX, in 1949 with a degree in journalism. She and Julian met teaching at El Paso High School where he taught science and Virginia taught English and journalism, and oversaw publication of the school newspaper as the beloved Miss Jones. They married on June 9, 1951 in El Paso. Together they lived in El Paso; Evanston, IL; Placentia and Berkeley, CA; Denver, CO; Menlo Park and Mountain View, CA: Salt Lake City, UT; Nancy, France; and Oakton, VA. She taught Special Education for more than three decades in the Fairfax County, VA and Salt Lake City, UT public school systems, specializing in the physically disabled. She was an active volunteer in the Clinton White House, a passionate animal lover, an avid gardener with a dozen bird baths in her yard, and a hostess extraordinaire. She traveled the world with her husband, a US government geologist, family and friends, visiting Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, Central and South America, Africa and Asia. She enjoyed many Christmases in Akumal (Quintana Roo), Mexico. She is survived by her husband Julian of Oakton, VA; her children Russell Hemley of Chevy Chase, MD; Ginette Hemley of Falls Church, VA; and Curtis Hemley of Oakton, VA; her grandson Emerson of Chevy Chase, MD; and her sister Marion Wright of Truth or Consequence, NM. She is predeceased by her brothers Charles and Ralph and her sisters Ruth and Dorothy. Friends and family will gather for remembrances at Money & King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Ave West, Vienna, VA from 2-4pm on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Online condolences and fond memories of Virginia may be offered to the family atwww.moneyandking.com
. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to: Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20016, and Defenders of Wildlife, 1130 17th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036.