Mavis Jones nee Cramb passed away peacefully in Sechelt on July 31, shortly before her 88th birthday.
Born in Powell River, B.C. on August 10, 1930, the eldest child to Cranberry Lake’s John and Ruth Cramb, she graduated from high school there. She attended UBC, completing an Honours BA (English Literature), and subsequently went to McGill University in Montreal, graduating in Librarianship. Returning to the West Coast, she married Paul Jones and became a writer of short stories and a poet. Her writings have been broadcast by the BBC and published by New Leaf Editions and McGill Queens University Press.
In mid-life, she taught English as a Second Language, completed an MA in Linguistics, was an active volunteer at the Family Planning Association of BC and later as an environmentalist. In 1999, Paul and she won the Davidson Award for Conservation, from Nature Vancouver, for their work in securing a provincial park.
Writing prizes include the Petra Kenney Poetry Award in London, England for best poem. Book titles include: Fog Larks, Mysterious Murrelets, Summer of Beautiful Days, and Her Festival Clothes.
She is deeply missed and survived by sister Carole, husband Paul, sister-in-laws Sylvia and Angela, son Peter, daughter Ruth, son-in-law Skooker and grandchildren Alex, Jason, Paul, Sydney, Harrison and Simon.
A memorial service for Mavis will be held at 2 pm on October 13 at Saint Mary’s Kerrisdale, 2490 West 37th Avenue, Vancouver.