Lydia Edna Jones was born March 5, 1936 to James and Maggie Bowen in Maxton, N.C.
Lydia, affectionately known as Edna, received her early education from Maxton Public Schools in Maxton. Upon completing her education, she left North Carolina in 1955 en route to Trenton, New Jersey, in the pursuit of better opportunities. Years later, she met and married Buddy Jones and they remained together until his passing.
She began her professional career at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital as a domestic worker, moving up in the ranks to a Human Service Technician. Lydia was a proud active member of AFSCME Local Union Chapter 2208. After over 30 years of service, she retired in 2000.
Edna loved traveling, playing cards, watching sports, and cooking. She was known for her fried chicken; neighbors joke that they knew when she was cooking because they could smell it down the street. Gatherings of her family and friends brought her much joy. She was a faithful member of Jerusalem Baptist Church, where she served on the Deaconess Board.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents James and Maggie Bowen, her devoted husband Buddy Jones, a son Ronald Bowen, and her siblings: Gladys Monroe of Rowland, N.C., Frances McLean, Dorzetta Mitchell, John Bowens, and James Bowens of Trenton, New Jersey.
She leaves to cherish her memory a special aunt Annie Margaret Fields of Rowland, North Carolina; her son’s Steven Bowen, Sr., Charles Jones, and Craig Jones of Ewing, New Jersey, stepson James Molder of Trenton, New Jersey, Grandchildren: Brandon Bradley(Michele), Corinne Jones, Morgan Jones, and Steven Bowen, Jr., Great-grandchildren: Zakiya Bradley, Aniya Stewart, Cameron Jones, Anye Bradley, and Tahj Jones. A special niece Barbara Ann Bowens and her good friends Marie Williams and Evelyn James, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
Services will be 9-11am Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Jerusalem Baptist Church 150 N. Clinton Ave. Trenton, NJ 08609 . Interment will be 12:30pm at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ.
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