“We celebrate the life and homegoing of one who
lived among us and enriched our lives forever!”
Mother Gwendolyn Nadine Jones, loving wife, mother and grandmother, age 83, was born on December 10, 1936 in Chandler, Oklahoma. She was the first of five children born to B.A. Miller and Elrene (Battle) Miller. She departed this life on Friday, June 5, 2020 in Laurel Maryland.
Gwendolyn was raised in a Christian home where she was taught the Word of God and the importance of living a life of integrity, strong character, and excellence. During high school, one of her favorite enjoyments was public speaking and winning the “Voice of Democracy” oratorical contests. After high school graduation, she moved to Washington, DC where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and her Teacher Certification from Howard University School of Divinity.
On August 17, 1957, Gwendolyn married the love of her life, Sargeant Edgar Lee Jones, to whom she was married for nearly thirty years until he preceded her in death in 1986. From this union, they were blessed with two precious daughters, Velonta Jones Adams and Karen Jones Thompson, and blessed with a “son-in-love” Kenneth Thompson, Sr.
Gwendolyn was a visionary and leader. She was blessed to retire from the federal government, after thirty successful years of excellent service and leadership. After retirement, the Lord gifted Gwendolyn with a “grace mission” to become Founder and President of The HopeCare Homes, Inc. HopeCare Homes, Inc. was a nonprofit community organization to help individuals with special needs, the homeless and the elderly by providing group homes, food and clothing distribution and college tuition to low income youth. During her career and business, Gwendolyn received many well-deserved honors, awards, and achievements including, but not limited to civic awards for her community service work and numerous honors at church.
Gwendolyn accepted Christ at an early age and received the precious gift of the Holy Spirit in the year 1960 through her belief in Jesus Christ at Bibleway Temple, in Washington DC. She served for over forty years at Bibleway as Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Department Head, Field Missionary and Prayer Warrior and a long time member of the Bibleway Radio Choir. Later in her years, the Lord led Mother Jones to join her children and be of assistance at the City of Hope International Worship Center in Maryland under the pastoral leadership of the dynamic Bishop Joseph McCargo, Sr., where she was designated as “Church Mother”. She leaves a host of beloved spiritual sons and daughters.
Gwendolyn was very passionate about family, bible study, prayer, and gardening. She will be remembered as a woman of integrity, a loving and praying mother who testified of God’s glory until the end. Her caring nature and praying spirit had the ability to calm anyone who entered her presence. She was contagiously warm, kind with a huge and generous heart, and a desire to bring joy, peace, and comfort into everyone’s life.
Just her presence often raised the spirits of those around her. Her pride in her children and her commitment to her faith were evident to all who knew her. Her legacy of faith, kindness, and prayer will be dearly missed and never forgotten. We will remember Gwendolyn for the light in her eyes and smile on her face. Her final words were: “Lord, I just want to thank you”; “Jesus is the best friend I can ever have”; and “He’s with me all the time”.
On Friday June 5, 2020, in Laurel, Maryland, Mother Gwendolyn Jones was surrounded by her family and spirit filled prayers as she faced the sunset of her days on earth and entered her rest joining her precious Savior in eternity.
Gwendolyn was preceded in death by her late husband of nearly thirty years Sargent Edgar Lee Jones; mother, Elrene Miller; brother, Willie Miller; sister, Maxine Moody Jones. She leaves to cherish her precious memory, her beloved children, Velonta Jones Adams and Karen Jones Thompson (Kenneth Sr.); grandchildren, Latanya Shavon Adams Lowe (Nemiro), Kenneth “TJ” Thompson and Kanitha Thompson; greatgrandchildren, Christina Lowe, Sianna Lowe, De’ja Burke, and Kierra Burke; sisters, Minnie Miller Perry and Arletha Fudge; goddaughters, Patricia Smith and Michelle Foster and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, spiritual sons and daughters, and many other relatives and friends.
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