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Eva Jones, Baltimore schools educator and activist, dies

Eva Jones was a Baltimore schools educator who worked with special needs children and enjoyed writing poetry and children's stories.
Eva Jones was a Baltimore schools educator who worked with special needs children and enjoyed writing poetry and children's stories. (Handout)

Eva M. Jones, a retired Baltimore public school educator who enjoyed writing poetry, died April 21 from cancer at Symphony Manor, a Roland Park assisted-living facility. She was 81.

The daughter of the Rev. Harry Baldwin and Julia Anna Drake Baldwin, the former Eva Mary Baldwin was born and raised in Philadelphia, where she graduated from Simon Gratz High School.

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She obtained a degree in education in 1958 from Cheyney Training School for Teachers, now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. She was a member of the Delta Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.

She later received a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University.

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While attending Cheyney, she met and fell in love with fellow student Earl Roger Jones, and they married in 1960.

The couple moved to Baltimore, and Mrs. Jones taught kindergarten through the 12th grade, and special education students, in city public schools. She later became a traveling educator who visited and taught special needs students in their homes.

She retired in the 1990s.

A lifelong Democrat, the Roland Park resident worked on the political campaigns of William Donald Schaefer and Kurt L. Schmoke. She was a former member of the board of the Friends School.

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Family members said Mrs. Jones enjoyed writing poetry and children's books, and looked forward to hosting an annual Christmas party at her home.

She also liked attending the theater, dining on crab cakes, watching cooking shows and sipping champagne, according to her son, John Frederick Jones of Denver.

Mrs. Jones was a well-known figure at Grand Cru at Belvedere Square, where she often enjoyed a glass of wine with a cadre of friends she met there.

Her husband, a retired Baltimore schools assistant superintendent, died in 2015.

Mrs. Jones was a member of the Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. May 12.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Jones is survived by daughter Elaine Marie Jones of Farmville, Va.; a brother, Frederick Douglas Baldwin of Washington; a sister, Doris Louise Baldwin Lawrence of Georgia; and two grandchildren.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen

NOTE: An earlier version of this article stated an incorrect sorority for Mrs. Jones. It has been corrected here.

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