Billie M. Jones of New York City, formerly of Scarsdale, died on Sept. 18. She was 95 years old. She and her husband, Hugh N. Jones, were married for 71 years.
Mrs. Jones was born in 1924 in Weir, Kansas, to William and Eva Hamilton. She received a B.S. degree from the University of Kansas’ William Allen White School of Journalism and an M.S. in journalism and history from Northwestern University.
As a resident of Scarsdale from 1962 to 1985, Mrs. Jones served as president of the League of Women Voters from 1965 to 1967 and as associate editor of The Scarsdale Inquirer in 1968-69. She left that position to become the director of public information for the Center of Urban Education in New York City. While in Scarsdale she served as co-chair of the Scarsdale STEP program, and she and her husband were host parents to a STEP student, Charles Blair from Canton, Mississippi, who became a physician practicing in Ashville, North Carolina.
She also was a member of the Urban-Suburban Action Committee that worked to bring some minority students from Mount Vernon into the Scarsdale schools.
She worked as a reporter for the Metropolitan Section of the Chicago Tribune until she retired to raise a family. Later, she attended the School of Education at the City College of New York to gain credentials for teaching and supervision. She worked 25 years in the New York City public schools in the Bronx, first in teaching reading and then as director of funded programs. She was responsible for her school district being awarded many millions of dollars from competitive grant proposals primarily from the federal and state governments.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Jeffrey H. Jones, Dr. Rebecca M. Jones and her husband Dr. William W. Jones, and Scott H. Jones and his wife Susan N. Sterman-Jones, as well as four grandchildren, Owen, Tyler, Jackson and Ruby Jones, and her brother Dr. Jim T. Hamilton of Pittsburg, Kansas.
Funeral and burial ceremonies will be private.