Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Randolph Jones, 92, of Mount Airy, a retired social-service coordinator, died of heart failure Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Chestnut Hill Hospital.
A native of the East Bronx in New York City, Mrs. Jones earned a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master's degree in social work from Atlanta University.
While in Atlanta, she met Sercy L. Jones, a divinity student. They married in 1943. For the next 24 years, she was a supportive pastor's wife as he ministered in churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
In the early 1950s, when her husband was pastor of Siloam United Methodist Church in Chester, the couple befriended Martin Luther King Jr., then a seminary student at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester. King spoke at Siloam and dined at the Joneses' home. Their relationship with him deepened the Joneses' commitment to civil rights, their family said.