Former Flowery Branch City Councilwoman Mary Jones died at her home Thursday, May 2, at the age of 76. Information on a cause of death was not immediately available.
At Thursday's council meeting, Mayor Mike Miller called Jones' death “a great loss for our city.” The council then held a moment of silence.
Council members also paid homage to Jones during a time reserved for council comments.
“She kept us all in line and was very much an asset to the city,” Councilman Chris Mundy said.
Councilman Joe Anglin said, “I don’t think it’s a reach (to say) Gainesville had Jesse Jewell and Flowery Branch had Mary Jones.”
Jones stepped down in December from the Post 2 seat she had held since 2012.
“I’ve enjoyed every bit of it,” Jones said of her council service at the time.
Jones didn’t give a reason for leaving but said the timing was good.
According to her obituary, Jones was originally from Decatur, Indiana. She had lived in Flowery Branch since 1959 and was a South Hall High School graduate.
Jones entered local politics more than a decade ago, completing her first four-year term on the council.
Before returning to politics in 2012, she spoke optimistically about the city in an interview with The Times
“The town ... is going to do something,” she said, “and I'd like to see it go forward, not backward.”
At the time, Jones grew hay and kept horses, cows and goats on a 65-acre farm off Lights Ferry Road. She came into the business through her husband, Dean, a third-generation farmer who had died five years earlier.
At Jones’ last council meeting on Dec. 20, officials announced that a new city park near the roundabout on Lights Ferry Road would be named the Dean Jones Family Park.
A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Memorial Park Funeral Home.
Her death is the second council tragedy in the past 12 months, as Councilman Fred Richards died suddenly in June 2018.
News Editor Nate McCullough contributed to this report.