Yvonne Pons, Harford County volunteer

Yvonne Garesché Archer Pons, who helped preserve Rock Run in Harford County, died of a respiratory ailment Dec. 30 at her Country Life Farm home. She was 90.

Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of John Potter Archer Sr., a Cunard shipping executive, and Caroline Farish Dietrich. She lived at Shamrock, the home of her great-grandfather, Henry Wilson Archer, in Bel Air.

She was a 1945 graduate of Convent of the Sacred Heart-Eden Hall at Torresdale, Pa. She attended Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C.

In 1949 she married John Paul Pons, a thoroughbred horse breeder who ran County Life Farm with his brother, Joseph Pons.

Mrs. Pons was a past president and member of the Garden Club of Harford County. She was twice chair of the club’s project, Rock Run, in Susquehanna State Park. The historic property was the home of her great-great-grandparents, Dr. John Archer Jr. and Ann Stump.

She also served on the advisory board at Ladew Topiary Gardens. She raised funds for the Harford Day School and ran its annual bazaar and began an annual antiques and waterfowl show.

She was a member of the Colonial Dames of America Chapter II in Philadelphia, as well as the Acorn Club and the Colonial Dames of America Chapter I in Baltimore. She served on the board of the Liriodendron Foundation, where she was also house chair.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Hickory.

Survivors include a son, John Paul Pons Jr. of New London, N.H.; three daughters, Carol Garesché Pons Hopkins of Parkville, Deborah Poullain Pons and Louise Bauduy Pons of Fallston; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Her husband of 47 years died in 1996.


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