The Rev. Dr. Ann Brewster Jones of Charlotte died of pancreatic cancer on Feb. 28, 2010, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House. The daughter of Marjean and Howard Jones of Davidson, she was a longtime Episcopal minister and later a bank executive. Services are planned Thursday. Details below.
Ann was born on Dec. 10, 1952, in Portland, Ore. She graduated from Kent School, a prominent boarding school in Kent, Conn. She received her B.A. from The University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., and a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va. She obtained her Doctor of Ministry from The Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Ann was in the first class of women who were ordained at the same time as their male seminary classmates in The Episcopal Church in 1977. She was the first woman assistant rector in the Diocese of Washington, D.C. while serving at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish. She then served at St. James’ Episcopal Church on Madison Avenue in New York.
In 1984 she became the first female rector of a parish in the Diocese of Missouri, serving at St. Mathews Episcopal Church, Warson Woods, in St. Louis. She also served as vicar of St. Elizabeth’s in Richmond Hill, Ga., and as an Associate Rector at Christ Episcopal Church and at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte.
After serving for a year as the executive director of the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina, she worked in several roles at Bank of America, ultimately working as a Senior Vice President in the credit card division. Ann served in many leadership positions in the church, including serving as the first female president of the Alumni Association of Virginia Theological Seminary and serving on the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Evangelism. Her community involvement included work in the areas of AIDS, homelessness, and domestic violence.
She is survived by her partner of 17 years, Josephine Herring Hicks; her daughter, Catherine Strudwick Glenn, by a previous marriage; her parents, Marjean and Howard Jones of Davidson; and her sister Marjorie Vogel Jones of Cazenovia, N.Y.
The family extends deep gratitude to Dr. David Miller and his staff at Mecklenburg Medical Group and to the nurses and doctors at Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.
A memorial service will be held at Thursday, March 4, at 2 p.m., at Christ Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, with the Rev. Marty Hedgepeth and the Rev. David Pittman of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church officiating. The family will receive friends in the Blue Room following the memorial service.
Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, at www.pancan.org or 2141 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service; please share condolences online at www.hankinswhittington.com.