Carlita M. Jones, 85, schoolteacher

July 08, 2006

Carlita M. Jones, a retired educator and former Baltimore resident, died of cancer Tuesday at her daughter's home in Germantown, Montgomery County. She was 85.

Carlita Murphy was born in Baltimore and raised in Morgan Park. She was a 1938 graduate of Douglass High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1942.

During the 1940s, Mrs. Jones worked as a copy editor on the family-owned Afro-American newspapers that had been founded by her grandfather, John H. Murphy Sr., in 1892.

She also wrote feature stories about her family that were published in the newspapers.

In 1945, she moved to Buffalo, N.Y., and earned a master's degree in education from New York State University College in Buffalo.

In her book, Uncrowned Queens: African-American Community Builders of Western New York, Barbara Seals Nevergold described Mrs. Jones as leading "subtly, quietly and discreetly," adding, "for more than 30 years, she took extra delight in teaching children in the Buffalo public schools the importance and techniques of reading, writing and using the English language correctly."

Mrs. Jones retired in the early 1980s.

She was a 65-year member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and a former member of Jack and Jill of America Inc.

Mrs. Jones was married for 62 years to the Rev. Leeland N. Jones Jr., associate pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Buffalo, where she was a longtime member.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Buffalo.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two sons, Dr. Leeland A.M. Jones Sr. of Buffalo and Johnaaron M. Jones of Honolulu; a daughter, Carlita CMJ Perkins of Germantown; a sister, Frances L. Murphy of Morgan Park; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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