Julia Jones, small-plane enthusiast

July 22, 1993|By Staff Report

Julia Eleanor Jones, 82, a longtime Baltimorean who worked at the Peale Museum and found her life's thrill flying small planes, died July 17 in Wooster, Ohio, from complications related to Alzheimer's disease.

"She really enjoyed knowing and helping people, and she just loved flying," her son, John F. Jones Jr. of Baltimore, said, noting that his parents earned pilot licenses together in the 1960s. "My mother had fun."

Born the daughter of a factory foreman in Wilmington, Del., the former Julia Quill graduated from Wilmington High School in 1929. After receiving her diploma, she took a job in a bank, where she worked until marrying in 1932.

Although her husband, John Fountaine Jones Sr., was trained as an electrical engineer, jobs were scarce during the Great Depression and the young couple moved around the East Coast looking for work.

In 1941, he was hired by the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., and the family lived north of the city before settling in Monkton. He died in 1983.

She was a secretary for the Travelers Insurance Co. in the early 1950s before becoming secretary to the director of Baltimore's Peale Museum on Holliday Street, where she worked through the 1960s.

While at the Peale, Mrs. Jones and her husband took up flying.

"They frequently flew out of a little grass airstrip near Woodlawn called Rutherford Field," said John Jones Jr. "Anyplace there was an airfield you could usually find them."

Mrs. Jones belonged to the Gunpowder Homemakers, a women's group run by the University of Maryland Extension Service, and FISH, an organization that helps people in need. In 1987, she moved to Wooster to live with her daughter, Leslie E. Breeden. Three years later, she moved into a nursing home there.

A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James Episcopal Church, 3101 Monkton Road, Monkton, where memorial contributions may be made.

She also is survived by a brother, Donald Quill of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; two grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

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