Phyllis Virginia Brooks Jones, age 89, died Jan. 3, 2013, at Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community. She was born May 7, 1923, in Swissvale, Pa., and was the daughter of the late Lawrence Sullivan Brooks and Freda Julia Amacher Brooks.
She spent her younger years in Pennsylvania before moving to Washington, D.C., with her parents. She attended Central High School in D.C., and the University of Maryland. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and graduated in 1944 with a B.S. in home economics. She met her future husband at Maryland and after a brief courtship, married Charles Hudson Jones before he left for France as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army’s 9th Division. During the war years, she was employed as a civil servant in the Office of Scientific Research and Development and proudly displayed her framed certificate for service to her country. She later returned to work as a civil servant at the Defense Department.
She was a loving and dedicated partner to her husband and was devoted to her two daughters. She was a frequent chaperone for school trips and events, Brownie and Girl Scout Troop leader and was always ready to help with a problem or laugh about their escapades. She loved animals all of her life and was a member of and frequent donor to many animal welfare organizations. She was a master bridge player and enjoyed “a good game of cards” throughout her life. A fun-loving individual, generous to others and committed to her family, she was always gracious and ready with a laugh or a smile for everyone. She will be greatly missed.
Her husband of 67 years, Charles H. Jones, preceded her in death in July 2011. Surviving are her two daughters, Patricia J. Harkins and her husband, Thomas, of Harrisonburg, Va., and Barbara L. Mancini of Fairfax, Va.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at the Sunnyside Meredith Chapel. The Rev. Tom Smith will conduct the service. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Sunnyside Healthcare and Assisted Living for the quality care she received over the last years of her life.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunnyside Fellowship Fund, 600 University Blvd., Suite L, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741.
Online condolences may be sent to her daughters at www.kygers.com.