Margherita Swift Jones|Century, Fla.
Published 12:54 am Friday, March 26, 2010
Mrs. Margherita Swift Jones, 93, died March 25, 2010. She was a native of Mobile, grew up in Atmore, and was a resident of Century for more than 64 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Robinson Swift and Margherita Ligon Swift; her husband of 56 years, Carl Eugene Jones; her sister, Susan Swift Norman; and her brother, George Robinson Swift Jr. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 1938, achieved academic honors and was named Honorary Brigade Cadet Colonel for the Army ROTC. She recently received her 75 year Membership pin from Kappa Kappa Gamma Society.
She is survived by her children, Carl Eugene Jones Jr. (Ann) of Birmingham, Margherita Jones Soule of Pensacola, Fla. and James Robin Jones (Betty) of Flomaton; seven grandchildren, Carl Eugene (Laura) Jones III, Arlene Jones (Eric) Sevy, Margherita Soule (David) Eligator, Saranne Ligon Soule, Elizabeth Jones (Mark) Hemby, Robin Houston (Amanda) Jones, Andrew Luten (Beth) Jones and 12 great-grandchildren.
Margherita Jones gave generously of her time as a volunteer to the community working with groups including the Flomaton Research Club, Alger-Sullivan Historical Society, local schools, Turtle Point Environmental Center, Century Memory Loss Support Group, and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was named Century’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 2003. She was also an active and faithful participant in several churches over the years, including Trinity Episcopal Church, Atmore, Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Gulf Shores, and Century United Methodist Church. With grace she provided happiness and a generous loving Christian spirit to her family and friends.
Visitation will be held at the Century United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Graveside services will be held Sunday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at the Flomaton Cemetery with the Rev. Janet K. Lee and the Rev. John W. Phillips officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Flomaton Cemetery Perpetual Care Trust Fund, P.O. Box 601, Flomaton, Ala. 36441; or Covenant Hospice, 5907 Berryhill Road, Milton, Fla. 32570; or the Century United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 245, Century, Fla. 32535.