Jones, Nancy C.


Nancy C. Jones, 83, a longtime lay member and legislative section leader for the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference, passed away on June 30, 2017. 

A lifelong resident of West View and member of West View United Methodist Church, Nancy was a pioneering woman in journalism, working as a reporter and later a journalism professor at three universities. She served the past several years as a member of the WPAUMC Commission on Communications.

Nancy began her career as a reporter for the Daily Press of Newport News Virginia and later became a reporter for the Miami Herald. She went on to become a journalism professor at Penn State University and later joined the journalism faculty at Duquesne University, where she taught for many years. Nancy ended her teaching career in 1996 at Point Park University,  where she had been Chair of the Department of Journalism and Communications. Nancy traveled extensively throughout the world and even taught journalism at the University of Beijing, China for two years.

Nancy also was a very active member of her local church, district and Conference United Methodist Women.

The daughter of the late Eugene E. Jones and Mary Jane Jones and sister of the late Charles C. Jones, she is survived by two nephews, Ron Jones and Ray Jones and a niece, Gena Jones.

Friends were received at the Rex T. Smith Funeral Home and a funeral service was held on Friday, July 7, 2017, in the West View United Methodist Church. Burial was in Allegheny County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West View United Methodist Church or Animal Friends, Camp Horne Rd.