Andrea Harrison, chairperson of the Prince George's County Council, issued a statement on Jan. 28 regarding the death of former Maryland State Delegate Christine M. Jones, who died on Saturday at the age of 83.
Harrison said members of the County Council are "deeply saddened by the loss of Delegate Jones, the first African-American woman from Prince George's County to be elected to the Maryland House of Delegates.
Harrison's statement continues that "Delegate Jones, a longtime resident of Temple Hills, Md., represented the 26th Legislative District in the House of Delegates from 1982 – 1994. She was also the first woman to serve as chairperson of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, which recognized her in 2010 for her meritorious contributions and service to the State of Maryland and its residents.
A strong and passionate advocate for education, Delegate Jones served as a teacher in the Prince George's County Public Schools system for 30 years, always stressing the importance of service to the hundreds of students who received her instruction.
"Delegate Jones was a dear friend, an untiring public servant, a trusted mentor to many, and a champion for Prince George's County, and she will be greatly missed.
"We offer our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to her entire family, especially her son and granddaughter, as well as to her fellow public servants and beloved community members."
Jones, who died on Saturday in a local hospital, was reportedly found in her one-story brick home on Everest Drive, on Thursday, Jan. 24, where firefighters were called about 11 a.m. She had no pulse and was not breathing, a Temple Hills, Md., fire department spokesman said, with reports further stating that the fire was thought to have started in a bedroom.
Council member Karen Toles' District 7 office is assisting the family with arrangements and coordinating acknowledgments from current and former elected officials. For more information please contact Toles' office at 301.952.3690.