Friday, May 25, 2007
Stella Anagnos Jones, 76, a State Department secretary, police dispatcher, political activist and belly dance instructor, died of
cancer May 13 in Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, Fla.
Mrs. Jones, who lived for five childhood years in Athens, was fluent in Greek and proud of her heritage. Throughout her life, she
was a talented dancer, teaching students traditional Greek dances including belly dancing. Until well beyond her 60th birthday,
Mrs. Jones performed at family gatherings with grace and vigor, her sisters said.
She was born in Charlotte to immigrant parents and at age 4 moved with her family to Athens. After five years, the family returned
to the United States in about 1940, settling in the District's Mount Pleasant neighborhood, where her father owned and operated
businesses including a movie theater and restaurant.
She graduated from the old Central High School in 1947 and worked as a dispatcher for the D.C. police department. She joined
the State Department and at age 23 was posted to Pretoria, South Africa, working as secretary to the air attachÃ© for four years.
She also collected art on her travels through Europe and Africa, passions that remained with her the rest of her life.
She married John Woodhouse in 1960 and moved to Sanford, Fla., where she became active in Democratic Party politics on a
local and national level, serving as president of the Women's Democratic Party of Sanford County and opening the
Humphrey/Muskie campaign headquarters in 1968.
She divorced and returned to Washington in 1974, rekindling a romance with her childhood sweetheart, Francis Rudy Jones.
They married in 1976 and settled in Upper Marlboro.
Mrs. Jones worked most recently as secretary for the Air Force office of scientific research at Bolling Air Force Base in
Washington. She retired in 2001 and moved to Lady Lake, Fla. in 2004.
She loved animals, music and debating current events.
Her husband died in 2004.
Survivors include two sisters, Evangeline Kalivretenos of Lady Lake and Alice Papadopoulos of Bethesda.