Glenys Whittington (Jenkins) Jones of Southport, North Carolina, a former longtime resident of Montclair, died peacefully on Dec. 7, 2022, in Southport.  She was 98.

Born in 1924 in Swansea, Wales, Mrs. Jones was the firstborn of Daniel and Jane Whittington Thomas Jenkins.  

Her earliest childhood memories were of freedom wandering seaside tidal pools in Criccieth, Wales, where her mother had grown up.  At age 10, she became a boarding student at Malvern College in Worcestershire.  

Upon graduation from Malvern in 1941, Mrs. Jones enrolled to study botany at Aberystwyth University.  Her studies were interrupted by World War II, when she was conscripted into the British armed forces.  

She spent her service years sending and receiving telegraph messages and then teaching baby care to new mothers — both tasks to which she always claimed she was ill-suited.  

After the war, she resumed her studies at Birmingham University, where she met her future husband, Michael T.B. Jones, and they married in 1948 in Leamington Spa, England, where her family had relocated some 10 years earlier.  

The couple started a new chapter in their lives in 1953 when they immigrated to the United States, settling in Montclair, where they raised their three children.  Her husband died in 1965.  

In 1977 Mrs. Jones relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia, and thrived in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains until 2011.  She then moved to be near her daughter, Alison Barnett, in Southport. 

No matter where she lived, she was a vibrant part of her community.

As a young mother of school-age children she was a PTA president and Cub Scout pack leader. The deprivations of World War II had taught her the value of “Waste not, want not”: She started an annual used clothing sale during her service in the PTA.  

“May in Montclair,” downtown economic development and early volunteer recycling efforts were all programs that benefited from her many volunteer hours.

 As a new widow Mrs. Jones entered the paid workforce for the first time in her life, earning her real estate license and eventually becoming a partner at Weiss, Corbin & Jones.  

Her thrifty predilections and keen interest in antiques led her to a long career with The Eternal Attic, a consignment store in Charlottesville.  

Her Virginia home, an old roadside motel, Sunset Lodge, also kept her very busy, managing the property and multiple tenants for 34 years.  

Mrs. Jones charged her Energizer Bunny battery in the company of family and friends.  She thrived on socializing, and while she might not remember a name, she always remembered a conversation.  In her later years, she happily adopted the role of universal grandmother, “Nain,” to many generations. 

She is survived by three children, Sian Colglazier, Simon Jones and Alison Barnett (Barry); six grandchildren, Trevor Barnett (Jennifer), Tristan Colglazier (Emily), Emma Bauman (Elijah), Gareth Colglazier (Katie), Meriel Wilson (Garrett) and Cerys Colglazier; four great-grandsons, Bowen Wilson, Graham Wilson, Freddie Colglazier and Charles Barnett; U.K. sisters, Eirian Bonham-Carter and Ann Bulman, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.  

Besides her husband, Michael Trevor Balch Jones, Mrs. Jones was predeceased by her son-in-law, Michael Davis Colglazier. 

Services will be planned for a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Salvation Army, PBS, the Southern Poverty Law Center or a charity of choice. 

Arrangements were by Peacock, Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina, peacocknewnamwhite.com.