Carmella E. Jones, 86, homemaker with 88 descendants

August 17, 2006

Carmella E. Jones, a homemaker who was active for many years in the affairs of Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church, died of a stroke Aug. 10 at Genesis Eldercare's Randallstown Center. The longtime Springdale Avenue resident was 86 and leaves 88 descendants across four generations.

She was born Carmella Elizabeth Minnis in Aspen, Va., and after graduating from high school was a factory worker in New Jersey for several years.

Mrs. Jones moved to Baltimore in the 1940s and in 1946 married Luther Louis Jones, a supervisor at SCM Corp.'s Glidden-Durkee Division. Mr. Jones died in 1996.

She was a member for many years of Gospel Tabernacle and had been president of its senior missionary committee for 25 years. She also had been a member of its Mass Choir and Voices of the Tabernacle Choir.

Mrs. Jones had been assistant director of the church's food pantry, vacation Bible school and adult Sunday school.

She was a lifetime member of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Missionary Society Inc., Women's Auxiliary of the United Missionary Baptist Convention of Maryland, and Congress of Christian Education.

"She believed in family and opened her home to anyone who was in need. She fed, clothed and did what was necessary to help them," said a daughter, Doris E. Boyer of Baltimore. "She would take care of the sick, whether family or friend, not only in her home but theirs."

Mrs. Jones was an avid gardener and enjoyed collecting cups and saucers.

She also was an accomplished baker, known for her cakes and pies, family members said.

Services were held at her church yesterday.

Also surviving are two sons, Luther L. Jones Jr. of Baltimore and James M. Jones of Chesterfield, Va.; three other daughters, Glenda L. Evans of Baltimore, Olga B. Russo of Philadelphia and Lorna M. Brown of Ellicott City; 34 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

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