Maria Josefa (Wagner) JONES

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JONES, Maria Josefa (nee Wagner) Born in St. Aegyd am Neuwalde, Austria, on November 10, 1921, "Mimi" passed away peacefully in Victoria on Tuesday afternoon, December 4, 2012. Mimi grew up in Vienna, surviving the Depression and WWII. After the war she worked as a payroll clerk for the British Army and fell in love with her future husband, British officer, Rolland Jones. She courageously travelled to England to marry him in 1948. The family emigrated to Canada in 1955 and lived in Oliver and Montrose before settling in Victoria. Mimi was a well-known and respected visual artist, specializing in watercolour and printmaking. She studied at Urania College in Vienna, the Vancouver School of Art and The University of Victoria, earning a BFA in Visual Arts in 1973. She studied with Brian Travers-Smith, Richard Ciccimara, Herbert Siebner, Rex Brant, Pat Martin-Bates, Barbara Nietzche, Naoko Matsubara and Noboru Sawai. She exhibited in many one-woman shows in Victoria and took part in local group exhibits with Watermark Printmakers, Ground Zero Printmakers, Group XIV and Nootka Printmakers. Her work was exhibited internationally, from Seattle to Toronto, and as far away as West Germany and South Africa. The University of Victoria includes Mimi's work in its permanent collection. Mimi often donated artwork to charitable causes. She was kind to animals and loved nature. Her love of trees and forests is evident in her beautiful landscapes. Mimi will be loved and missed forever by her children Robert (Lynn), Karen, Teresa and grandchildren Evan and Gareth. She is predeceased by her husband, Rolland and youngest son, David. She is also mourned by her sisters Elisabeth and Josefa and other relatives in Austria and Great Britain. The family is grateful to Victoria Hospice for their gentle care and to Red Cross staff and volunteers for their support. Please leave a message at "> to be contacted with details of Mimi's Celebration of Life. "Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee." - Saint Augustine
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2012
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