Mary Jo Pons, a revered figure in Maryland thoroughbred racing who co-owned Country Life Farm, died of respiratory failure Monday at Brightview Assisted Living in Bel Air.
She was 87 and lived on the family horse-breeding compound near Bel Air.
Born Mary Jo Ryan in Baltimore and raised on Preston Street, she was the daughter of Charles A. Ryan, a Merchant Marine captain, and Honore Ginty.
She was a 1947 graduate of Mount Saint Agnes High School in Mount Washington and attended the Johns Hopkins University.
"My mother was articulate and precise in speech," said a son, Joseph P. "Josh" Pons Jr. "She was attracted to radio. She began her...