Retired U.S. Navy Captain Mary Jones Logsdon, 62, of Rockport, Texas, lost her courageous battle with cancer on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
Born in Yokohama, Japan and raised in Vine Grove, Mary was the oldest daughter of the late John D. and Chieko Y. Jones.
Mary graduated from Murray State University with a Master of Science in physics and a degree in secondary education. From 1974 to 1983, she taught middle, junior high and high school in Oldham County.
She joined the U.S. Navy in 1983 and was selected as a direct accession engineering duty officer and attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. She successfully completed Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., earning a Master of Science in mechanical engineering, and was awarded the Naval Postgraduate School Superior Service Award. Other career awards and decoration included the Legion of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals and the Navy and Marine Commendation Medals. She is acknowledged as being the first female Asian American to command at the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station in Philadelphia. After a 27-year career with the U.S. Navy, Mary retired from direct military service but continued to serve and support the country she loved.
She moved to Rockport in 2010, where she involved herself in community activities and speaking engagements and also enjoyed playing golf with her many friends in the Rockport Country Club Ladies Association. She was a board member of the Aransas County Education Foundation and served on the golf tournament committee.
She is survived by four siblings, Ann Childs (Charlie) of Houston, Texas, Jane Winner (Chuck) of Stanardsville, Va., Dan Jones (Jetta) of Lexington, Ky., and Ken Jones (Mary) of Cincinnati, Ohio. Mary also is survived by several nieces and nephews and her beloved canine companion, JR.
At Mary's request, a private memorial service will be held for family members at a later date. "Fair winds and following seas."
Memorial contributions may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Disabled American Veterans, The Fischer House in Houston or a
Published in The News-Enterprise on Dec. 31, 2013