Not to be confused with Katherine Jones or Kate Jones.

Kathryn Jones
Kathryn Jones
Birth: 21 August 1914
Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA
Death: 11 May 2020
Sewell, New Jersey, USA
Age: 105 years, 264 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Kathryn Elizabeth Jones (née Jacobs; 21 August 1914 – 11 May 2020), affectionately known as “Toby”, was an American centenarian who, at the age of 105, was one of the oldest known victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Early Life and Family

Jones was born on the family farm in Swedesboro, New Jersey on 21 August 1914. She was one of eight children born to Theodore and Rose (née Carolan) Jacobs. The family left the farm after her father Theodore died aged 42, and they moved to Woodbury, New Jersey.

After graduating from high school in 1932, Jones continued her education at West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital’s School of Nursing, and completed her training in 1936. She married Smith Hewitt Jones in 1937. The couple was married for 52 years and raised three children, two of whom predeceased her.

Later Life and Death

For 42 years, Jones worked as a Registered Nurse at hospitals in Gloucester and Camden counties, New Jersey, eventually retiring in 1979. She continued to volunteer at the hospital an additional nine years and was honoured in 1988 for logging 10,000 hours of volunteer service at Underwood Memorial Hospital.

On the occasion of her 100th Birthday in 2014, she was honoured at her home in Woodbury, New Jersey by many well wishers including family, neighbours, local officials, Woodbury High School alumni, and former co-workers. She later moved in to a nursing home.

Jones died of complications from COVID-19 in a rehabilitation center in Sewell, New Jersey. At the age of 105 years, 264 days, she was one of the oldest known victims of the coronavirus pandemic.


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