Dorothea Ruth Jones, 89, author and painterDorothea Ruth...

August 04, 1996

Dorothea Ruth Jones, 89, author and painter

Dorothea Ruth Jones, 89, an author and painter who celebrated the urban appeal of Washington and the rural splendor of the Eastern Shore, died of pneumonia July 25 at St. Agnes Hospital.

A memorial service was held Friday at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, where she had lived since 1993 with her husband, Stuart E. Jones Sr., a former senior editorial staff member of National Geographic magazine.

Born Dorothea Burns in Ohio and raised there, she wrote advertising and public relations copy before becoming an editorial assistant at National Geographic, where she met Mr. Jones. They were married in 1951. Her marriage to Dr. Paul H. Sheats ended in divorce in 1939.

In 1953, Mrs. Jones published a travel guide to the nation's capital titled "Washington is Wonderful." After she and her husband retired to Irish Creek outside Easton in 1972, she became known locally for her pastels and paintings.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Jones is survived by a sister, Kathleen Myers of Monroe, Mich.; a son, Paul D. Sheats of Los Angeles; a stepson, Stuart E. Jones Jr. of Boston; and four grandchildren.

Pub Date: 8/04/96

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