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CORA F. JONES

August 15, 1916 December 29, 2012
CORA F. JONES
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Cora Florence Jones was the second of 14 children born to Lawrence Shafer Jones and Alverta Gross Jones on August 15, 1916. On Saturday, December 29, 2012, after an extended stay at the South River Rehabilitation Center in Edgewater, MD, Cora changed her address to Heaven. Cora, who was known as feisty, independent, outspoken, courageous, and goodhearted (she was also known for her yodeling) left her Calvert County home at the age of 18. She went to Washington, DC to work as a housekeeper, first for a medical doctor in Mount Pleasant and then for Louie and Minnie Yudelevit on Hawthorne Place, in the Palisades. She remained an asset and integral part of that family and the Palisades Community for more than 50 years. From her conversations, her family understood that she had extended her family and community to include the “Palisades Village”. There she helped raise the Yudelevit children and their children. Cora was known to put the finishing touches to many children of the Palisades’ families and saw them off to college and careers. “She is loved and revered by them today and many are still in touch with her,” cited the Northwest Current, in an editorial authored by a few of her neighbors upon her leaving them to return to relatives in Calvert County, where she was lovingly cared for until her death. Cora’s New Year’s Day brunch, which she hosted and commanded the presence of all her family is a savored and collective memory. It is where they went to taste, for the first time, a gourmet dish introduced to them by their “citified” relative. Some dishes: cheese balls, eggplant casserole, German chocolate cake, and roasted brisket. While Cora was a stalwart worker, she had her fun too. On her day off, “back in the day”, she was known to go to 3 movies, a live performance of song and dance at the Howard Theater and a stop-in at a swinging cabaret. She was fortunate enough to live in an era where stars like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Mom’s Mabley, Lena Horne, Nat King Cole and numerous others were easy to come by. In her later life she had friends who introduced her to stars and celebrities; she had pictures taken with some including Elizabeth Taylor. Her spiritual life for her first ten years in D.C. was supported at the Craig Memorial Community Church in Chapel Oaks, MD; the same church in which her sister Sadie remains a member. Since 1981, she was a faithful member of Palisades Community Church in NW Washington, DC. She embraced this church by serving in many capacities: usher, member of the social committee, and member of the executive board. She was a big fundraiser for the church and led a campaign to buy an industrial stove for it, which is still in use today. Cora leaves to cherish her memory four sisters: Sadie Coates, Mary Claggett, Alice Carroll and Clarice Hall; five brothers, Oscar Jones (Lucy), Lawrence Jones (Dorothy), James Jones (Dorothy), Robert Jones (Ida) and Lambertine Jones. She also leaves a multitude of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Alverta and Lawrence Jones; sisters, Annie Robinson, Ruth Gray, Ruby Chase and Grace Rawlings; and brother Asbury Smith.

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Visitation

Thursday

3

Jan

10:00 AM 1/3/2013 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1/3/2013 11:00:00 AM
St. Edmond's UM Church

3000 Dalrymple Road
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

St. Edmond's UM Church
3000 Dalrymple Road Chesapeake Beach 20732 MD
United States

Service

Thursday

3

Jan

11:00 AM 1/3/2013 11:00:00 AM
St. Edmond's UM Church

3000 Dalrymple Road
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

St. Edmond's UM Church
3000 Dalrymple Road Chesapeake Beach 20732 MD
United States

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St. Edmond's UM Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

3000 Dalrymple Road
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

3000 Dalrymple Road Chesapeake Beach 20732 MD
United States
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