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Hannah H. Jones, retired Johns Hopkins Health System executive secretary, dies

Hannah H. Jones was a cat fancier who loved traveling, gardening, reading and playing word games.
Hannah H. Jones was a cat fancier who loved traveling, gardening, reading and playing word games.

Hannah H. Jones, a retired Johns Hopkins Health System executive secretary who was also a cat fancier, history buff, avid reader and gardener, died of complications of kidney disease Aug. 3 at her Anneslie home. She was 74.

The former Hannah Layne Hyatt, daughter of Vance Layne Hyatt, a TV repair shop manager, and his wife, Elizabeth Souder Moyer, a registered nurse, was born in Baltimore and raised on Kimble Road in Ednor Gardens.

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After graduating in 1963 from Eastern High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1967 in French literature with a minor in library science from Goucher College. In 1986, she obtained a master’s degree in business from what is now Loyola University Maryland.

A lifelong book lover, Ms. Jones worked after college for the Enoch Pratt Free Library and its bookmobile before taking jobs at Dun & Bradstreet and the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.

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In 1984, she began managing the Washington Village Medical Center that was under the aegis of Bon Secours Hospital, which is now Grace Medical Center, and later became an administrator at the hospital.

In 1996, Ms. Jones joined the legal department of the Johns Hopkins Health System, where she was an executive secretary until retiring in 1996.

An Anneslie resident since 1997, she and her husband of 25 years, David H. Jones, a retired pharmacist, enjoyed traveling, especially to England and France, as well as Italy, Portugal, Germany and Switzerland.

Ms. Jones filled the shelves, tables, chairs, steps and counters of her home with books that ranged from mysteries to biographies to histories. In addition to maintaining an interest in history, she enjoyed wordplay, word games and collecting fun words, and routinely completed paper and electronic crossword puzzles with versions in English, French and even Latin.

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As a devoted cat fancier, she geared her home to the “care and comfort” of them, her husband said. She also liked gardening.

“She was indomitable,” her husband wrote in a biographical profile of his wife. “She was kind and caring. She was strong in the face of ongoing, nearly intolerable pain. She was compassionate and caring even while burdened.”

He added: “She loved life and lived it well.”

Plans for a memorial gathering are incomplete.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four cousins, Willis Moyers of Columbia, South Carolina, Alfred Moyers of Milltown, New Jersey, Joanne Moyer of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Joyce LeChaasseur of Ontario.

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