Gia Rondora Jones “GiGi” was born on April 2, 1976 to the late Deacon Ronald A. Jones and Amy Ann Anthony Jones at Columbia Hospital for Women in Northwest Washington, D.C.
At an early age, Gia developed what would become a lifelong love of music, like her father, and enjoyed dancing and singing. She displayed her love of dance in various venues from Mrs. Hammond’s dance recitals at Zion Baptist Church to the dance floor at the Core family reunions. Fond memories were made during summer camping experiences, many of which were shared with her two cousins closest in age, Angelique (Manning) Okeke and Scotia (Little) Moore. Above all, Gia enjoyed spending tine with family. She was a willing traveler on lengthy car trips with her four first cousins, the Mannings. The annual family vacation adventures included travels to places like Montreal, Canada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, throughout the sate of North Carolina, Florida, the Bahamas and Aruba.
As the daughter of a Baptist Deacon and devout Catholic mother, Gia was afforded a rare gift of dual Christian perspectives and two supportive church families! She regularly attended Sunday school at Zion Baptist Church, where her father and the Jones family long-standing and active members.
Contemporaneously, Gia received all of her sacraments at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Lanham, Md., where she was a student. Gia’s great cousin, Elise C. Hawkins ensured her active involvement in various church ministries including attendance at Vacation Bible School at M. Horeb Baptist Church where her mother served as member of Chancel Choir for more than 30 years. Gia’s strong Christian foundation was evident in her ability to quote scripture and her absolute elation when hearing certain spirituals and hymns.
Gia began her primary education at West Elementary School in Northwest Washington, where her devoted grandmother, Mozella Anthony, would walk with her to school each day. Gia then moved on to St. Matthias Catholic School. Gia graduated from Elizabeth Seton High School, Bladensburg, Md. Her undergraduate time was spent at Bowie State University, where she majored in Early Childhood Education. Gia continued studies in education and technology at the Department of Human Service, Prince George’s Community College, Technical Learning Centers and the Stratford Career Institute.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Gia was drawn to the field of education. She began working with children in high school, working summers as a camp counselor and teaching assistant at Xi Omega Summer Enrichment Camp and Humpty-Dumpty Day Care Center. She was great with children and had a loving, patient way with them. Gia became an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher at Humpty Dumpty. Gia also enjoyed helping to make people look and feel beautiful, as an independent Mary Kay consultant.
Most recently, Gia enjoyed gaming on Facebook and was a Crossword and Wordfind enthusiast. At any family gathering, Gia would be up for a hand of Mau Mau, a family card game that she simply adored and was pretty good at.
Gia is survived by her loving mother, Amy Anthony Jones; her brother, Gerard Jones; nephews, Anthony and Amari Jones; her cousin, Elsie C. Hawkins; aunts, Kathy Manning (Bernard) and Laverne Montgomery; uncle, William Jones (Jeretta), and many devoted aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of other loving relatives, her church families, neighbors and friends.
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