Alice C. Jones, watercolorist, dies

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Alice C. Jones, a noted watercolorist and former Hampton resident, died Aug. 19 from heart failure at her home in Delray Beach, Fla.

She was 95.

The daughter of a farmer and an educator, the former Alice Fulton was born in West Lebanon, Pa., and raised in Indiana, Pa., where she graduated from high school.

She was a 1932 graduate of Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts, and did graduate work in studio art at Columbia University.

In the late 1930s, Mrs. Jones was supervisor of art in the Johnstown, Pa., public schools. She was married in 1938 to Thomas W. Church Sr., who served in the Navy during World War II.

After Mr. Church resumed his career with Commercial Credit Corp., the couple lived in Delmar, N.Y., Wellesley, Mass., and Los Altos, Calif., before moving to the Hampton neighborhood of Baltimore County in 1966.

Mr. Church, who was later president of Commercial Credit Corp., died in 1983.

Mrs. Jones, who painted landscapes, "considered herself a realist," said a 1960s profile of the artist for a show. She conducted studio classes for groups and exhibited in juried and one-man shows with art associations, galleries, schools and colleges on the East and West coasts.

She was a member of such prestigious art societies as the Baltimore and Palm Beach (Fla.) watercolor societies and the Copley Society of Boston.

She was married in 1993 to Donald Jones, who was chairman of the board of Commercial Credit Corp., and settled in Delray Beach in 1998. He died in 2009.

In addition to painting, Mrs. Jones was an accomplished quilter, until being forced to stop some years ago because of macular degeneration.

Mrs. Jones enjoyed playing golf and traveling.

She had been a longtime active member of Towson United Presbyterian Church.

Services were Aug. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach.

Surviving is a son, Thomas W. Church Jr. of Georgetown, Maine; two daughters, Elizabeth C. "Betsy" Mitchell of Parkton and Diane A. Hansen of Carmichael, Calif.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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