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Ellen M. (Huffman) JONES
November 27, 2018


JONES, Ellen M. (Huffman) of Winthrop, passed away on November 27, 2018 at age 95. Beloved wife of the late Chester G. Jones. Cherished daughter of the late Henry W.L. and Clifford (Deamus) Huffman of Winthrop. Devoted mother of Michael G. Jones and his spiritual friend Juniata Jonakin of Cambridge, Michelle L. Faison of Quincy and M. Sheri Richardson and her husband Wendell S. of Milton. Dear grandmother of Melissa C. Richardson and Stephanie Ann Ceurvels and her husband Ben and great-grandmother of Roman and Piper Ceurvels. At the request of the family, Funeral Services will be private. She will be laid to rest at Winthrop Cemetery with her husband and near her parents. Ellen graduated from Winthrop High School Class of 1940, received B.A. from Boston University’s School of Liberal Arts in 1946, earned her Master's in Education in 1966 from Boston State College to become a teacher and later continued her education at the Boston University’s School of Medicine completing the Mini-Med School Certificate Program at the age of 79. Ellen was Winthrop's first African American teacher and taught more than twenty-five years. She received distinguished teaching service acknowledgements from NEA, MTA, and BETA (founding member of the Black Educators and Teachers Associate) as well as Governor Weld. Post retirement, she received a citation from Speaker Finneran of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for work as a Foster Grandparent and Massachusetts Tri-City Children’s Network for a lifetime of devotion to children, and families and community. She was an Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and life member of the National Education Assn. Active in the town of Winthrop for many years; she served on the Board of Selective Service System appointed by former State Governor, Sargent, a Town Meeting Member, elected to Democratic Town Committee, was a Winthrop Delegate to the State Democratic Convention, and member if the Black Caucus. She learned to play golf with her father Henry on local public courses and continued to play for several years with her husband. Funeral arrangements are from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. WINTHROP. For guestbook, please visit our website at,

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Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home
210 Winthrop Street
Winthrop, MA 02152