Biography: Mary McNair-Jones began her life’s journey on October 9, 1957 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She was the first born child from the late Gloria McNair and Robert Pressley. God with his infinite wisdom, compassion and mercy called Mary from her earthly home to her eternal home on Sunday May 2, 2021 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY.
Mary’s mother brought her to New York at the age of 8, in 1965 from Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Mary attended the NYC public schools, where she attended elementary school, Junior High School and High School at Roosevelt and Fashion Industries HS. Although she never received her High School diploma, she attained her GED on March 30, 1987. Soon after she began working for several companies as a receptionist.
In the late 1980’s she became a School Crossing Guard on the corner of West Burnside and University Ave. Mary loved her job and worked that corner like no other for 24 years with passion and love. She made an impact on all who came in contact with her. She was beloved by the many students she crossed, their families and members of the community. She was considered a staple in the community. After serving 24 years of service as a School Crossing Guard, she switched careers and became a Traffic Enforcement Agent. As a traffic agent she greeted everyone with that dimpled smile, and she worked that job with the same passion and love. She would often share the Gospel of the Good News of Jesus Christ to many of her coworkers. On March 19, 2019, Mary was injured on the job and was placed on disability, where she was able to spend quality time with her best friend, her husband Andrew Jones.
One night, the night before Easter to be exact, in 1973, while walking to get Easter egg coloring, Mary had a 2nd chance encounter with Andrew. This encounter led to Mary marrying Andrew on their 14th anniversary of being together on May 19, 1988, and from this union they conceived their only child, a daughter they named Melinda. Melinda was often referred to by Mary as her blessing and confidant. Melinda blessed Mary with two beautiful grandsons, whom she often referred to as “her boys”, Antaun and Michael Jr., whom she loved dearly. Mary often planned trips where the family would go together experiencing new things and creating beautiful memories together. Mary loved to take trips with Andrew to jazz shows, concerts, cruises or just to watch the sunrise.
Mary leaves to cherish fond memories: her husband, Andrew Jones III of Bronx, New York; daughter, Melinda McNair-Jones of Yonkers, New York; two grandsons: Antaun O. Jones of Yonkers, New York and Michael M D’Oyley, Jr. of Yonkers, New York; seven sisters: Susis Gilreath of Minneapolis, MN, Levetta Range of Pompano, FL, Janice (Jerome) Pressley Ponder of Tampa, FL, Loretta Baker of Brooklyn, NY, Veronica (Lance) Baker of Bronx, NY, Wendy Baker of Brooklyn, NY and Judy Barr of Miramar, FL; four brothers: Michael A. Pressley of Kingstree, SC, Willie (Clarissa) Crawley of Bronx, NY, Cornelius (Jakiema) Pressley of Coral Springs, FL and Albert (Katherine) Griffin of Orangeburg, SC; five aunts, Rosa “Margie” Green of Philadelphia, PA, Alice (Roosevelt) Wright of Kingstree, SC, Gloria (late Fred) Pressley of Kingstree, SC, Betty (late Lawrence) Pressley of West Palm Beach, FL, Mona (Edison) McFadden of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Barbara (late O’Neal) Pressley of Philadelphia, PA, Ernestine (Devin) Thompson of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Leslie (Alasto) McNair Wilder of Bronx, NY; seven uncles Donnie (Berthalee) Pressley of Kingstree, SC, Sam (Alberta) Pressley of Kingstree, SC, Glen (Mary) McNair of Beaufort, SC, James “Poney” Pressley of Kingstree, SC, Troy (Arlette) McNair of Newburgh, NY, Lewis Preston of Bronx, NY, Levi McNair of Bronx, NY and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.