Ellen Padgett Jones, 91, community volunteer

March 22, 2004

Ellen Padgett Jones, a longtime church and community volunteer, died of a respiratory ailment Wednesday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Ruxton resident was 91.

For more than three decades, she volunteered with several organizations, including the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Towson, where she was a parishioner; St. Vincent's Orphanage; and Baltimore Museum of Art.

Ellen Padgett was born in Baltimore and was a 1931 graduate of Forest Park High School. She attended the College of Notre Dame of Maryland for two years before marrying Howard Edwin Jones in 1933 and raising five children. He died in 1982.

"She was very devoted to the church," said a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Smith of Port St. John, Fla.

At Immaculate Conception, she served as president of the Sodality, and was active in the Secular Order of the Carmelites, the Catholic Evidence League and Church Women United. She participated in Bible study groups and the charismatic movement.

An amateur artist, she received local awards for her watercolors and oils.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 200 Ware Ave.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include two other daughters, Anne J. Malone of Marathon, Fla., and Sue Ellen Wines of Woodbine; two sons, Howard E. Jones III of Richmond, Va., and William P. Jones of Ellicott City; a sister, Anne Padgett Reiter of Ellicott City; four grandsons and three granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren.

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