Mary Clifton Jones, 85, bookkeeper for car dealers

April 20, 2005

Mary Clifton Jones, a retired bookkeeper for Annapolis car dealerships, died of emphysema Sunday at her daughter's home. She was 85.

Born Mary Clifton Barksdale on a farm near Paces, Va., she moved as a teenager to Anne Arundel County's Deale and later lived in Lothian. She was a 1938 graduate of Southern High School, where she belonged to the debating team, and earned an accounting diploma at the Fleet Business School in Annapolis.

Mrs. Jones worked for nearly 40 years at Annapolis dealerships, including Brown and Hartung Dodge, Cecil Knighton's Chrysler-Plymouth, Erickson Motors and Benson Motor Cars Ltd., where she retired in 1978.

She lived in Princess Anne for about 17 years, then with a daughter in Timonium. The family moved back to Annapolis eight months ago.

She enjoyed gardening, travel and following political issues, and often wrote letters to state and national leaders.

Her first husband, Paul Sodensky, who owned and operated a sweet shop on Annapolis' West Street, died in 1971. Her second husband, Thomas Jones, a retired butcher, died in 1988.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1300 West St., Annapolis.

Survivors include two daughters, Elaine Cherneski of Annapolis and Deborah A. Chambers of Arnold; her stepmother, Jo Everhart of Deale; two half-brothers, Tom Barksdale of Conway, S.C., and Mark Barksdale of Lothian; two half-sisters, Christine Torres of Lothian and Margo Cardellino of Waldorf; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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