Mary L. Jones, 85

Nursing home director

May 14, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Mary Leonora Jones, a retired nursing home director who once challenged Parren J. Mitchell for a congressional seat, died of congestive heart failure May 3 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Woodlawn resident was 85.

Born Mary Leonora Williams in St. Pauls, N.C., she earned a nursing degree from Shaw University and moved to Baltimore with her parents in 1940.

She worked as a nurse at the old Provident Hospital on Division Street and in 1959 became a Sinai Hospital charge nurse at a time when few African-Americans held the job. In 1970, she became head nurse at the Maryland General Hospital emergency room and went on to become the hospital's nursing director.

In 1982, Mrs. Jones, as a Republican, challenged incumbent Rep. Parren J. Mitchell for his 7th District seat in the House of Representatives. She was defeated in the general election.

She was then a nursing home administrator at the Bolton Hill, Alice Manor and Lake Drive nursing homes and at the Harbour Inn Convalescent Center. She retired many years ago.

Services were held Saturday.

Survivors include a son, David Jones of Woodlawn; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

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