Marilyn Thomas Jones | In My Own Words

When asked recently why I do what I do, I immediately gave credit to my mother, my hero, Alice Elizabeth Hayes Thomas, who inspired me to be the best I can be and to give back to the community in which I live.

When asked recently why I do what I do, I immediately gave credit to my mother, my hero, Alice Elizabeth Hayes Thomas, who inspired me to be the best I can be and to give back to the community in which I live.

I do what I do for my daughter, Elizabeth-Burton Jones, and I’ve passed the community service torch to her. I am very, very proud of her. I continue to serve on many boards, often accepting leadership positions.

Included are the Women’s Board of Aultman Hospital, Stark State College of Technology President’s Advisory Board, Stark County Bicentennial Board and the Ohio Association of Colored Women’s Clubs.

I am proud to be a founding member of Project Wheelbarrow, a mentoring program for junior high students and beyond. We must give our time and talent to our youth.

I proudly portray Rosa Parks at schools and churches during February because we must remember and learn from our history. I am honored to share the African-American history of what was once known as the Phillis Wheatley Association in Canton.

ABOUT MARILYN
WHO: Marilyn Thomas Jones

WHAT: Community volunteer and program officer for Stark Community Foundation.

EDUCATION: Allen Elementary School,Timken Vocational High School, bachelor of arts degree in business from Walsh University.

CONTRIBUTIONS/AWARDS: 1998 YWCA’s Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, chairwoman of the Cultural Center for the Arts Outreach Advisory Committee (1992-2002), chairwoman of the Children’s Arts Connection (for which she was able to increase funding from $10,000 to $75,000 from 1992 to 1997), also developed Black History Month concerts with local musicians and the Canton Symphony Orchestra, member of the Junior League of Canton’s signature project Playright, an arts program designed around school curricula (1995).

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The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
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Buehler's Fresh Foods
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Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
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