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Miriam Joan Jones

Mrs. Miriam Joan Jones ("Joan") peacefully entered Heaven on the evening of January 7th at Springmoor Stewart Health Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, surrounded by family. She was 95 years old. Born to Douglas and Annie Mary Staight on March 27, 1920 at Rose Cottage in the village of Stanton, England, Mrs. Jones was known for her incredible kindness, generosity, wisdom, and grace. She had a deep love for the Lord and shared that love.

Joan was the eldest of five children growing up in a 17th century farmhouse in Stanton. As a young woman, she helped her family care for the animals and developed a love for all creatures, especially horses and dogs. For the summers of 1937, 1938 and 1939 she served as an au pair for the Levy family in Brittany, France. Joan studied French and Latin at Bristol University and, at 18 years old, her adventurous and independent spirit led her to spend a semester at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. This was 1939; she didn't get home until after WWII had started. While at the Sorbonne, her roommate was a graduate student from Duke University, who regaled her with stories about the Duke - UNC basketball rivalry, stories that ultimately led to her striking up a conversation at a Christmas party with an American Army surgeon and UNC Medical School graduate, Frank Allen Jones. The two married in 1945 in Dursley, England, and settled in Wilmington, Delaware after the War. After her husband died prematurely in 1966 she raised six children on her own. She taught French and Latin at Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington for twenty years. She was a dedicated community servant, participating in the church in many roles, as a deacon, as a Sunday School and Bible school teacher, as a leader of adult Bible studies, and in the Women's Association and Prison Fellowship.

She was a charter member of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Wilmington, Delaware, and remained a member there for over 50 years until moving to Raleigh, North Carolina, moving to the same retirement community as her Sorbonne roommate, Wilsie Rohrer. In Raleigh she continued her volunteer work, becoming the Chair of the Health Committee at Springmoor.

She was an avid traveler, who flew on the Concorde and traveled on the Queen Elizabeth II cruise ship. Some of her favorite trips included Christchurch, New Zealand and China. She thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, from her days biking long distances to her teaching job in England in her twenties, to walking at a fast clip through Longview Park near Wilmington, Delaware or around Lake Lynn in Raleigh well into her eighties.

Mrs. Jones is survived by five children, Dr. Frank A. Jones, Jr. (Carol) of Belle Mead, New Jersey; Dr. Colin Jones (Patsy) of Winton, North Carolina; Brian Jones (Gaby) of Richmond, Virginia; Bob Jones (Barb) of Wilmington, Delaware; and Anne Jones-Sutton of Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as 12 grandchildren and15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents; her four siblings; her husband, Dr. Frank A. Jones; her son Phil Jones; and her son-in-law Steve Sutton.

A memorial service will be held at North Raleigh Presbyterian Church at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 9th. Interment will be at the family cemetery in Winton, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Friends of the North Carolina Library; the Blind (1841 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, 27635); Oxfam; The Springmoor Endowment Fund; WCPE, (theclassicalstation.org); Bright Focus Foundation for Macular Degeneration Research; and the North Raleigh Presbyterian Church.



Published in The News Journal on Jan. 9, 2016
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