Anita L. Jones, 88, of Alexandria, Virginia, died peacefully on June 21, 2021. Anita was born on December 13, 1932 in Warren, PA to the late Lloyd B. and Ella M. (Lesser) Jones. She was the fourteenth child of 15 born to her parents. She often said she was the only one of the fifteen children who was planned.

Following graduation from Sheffield High School in 1950, Anita moved to Washington, DC and enjoyed a 39-year career in publishing and advertising at US News and World Report. She retired in 1989, having stayed with the magazine for her entire career. During her stint at US News, Anita experienced continuous success and promotions, ending in her role as Assistant Publisher. Anita loved all aspects of the publishing business and was respected for her knowledge and passion by both the editorial and business side of the magazine. She had input on every issue that was published. Anita was proud of the magazine’s many noteworthy accomplishments—from the pithy “News You Can Use” feature to its rankings program covering everything from colleges to hospitals. She came of age in the original “Mad Men” era and was a confident and successful woman in an era quite different from today.

Anita, who was known as “Neet” was beloved by all who knew her. She immensely enjoyed traveling and took many memorable trips with friends and family. Her curiosity extended to always keeping up on the lives and pursuits of her numerous family members, particularly her nieces and nephews who numbered 50, 45 of whom survive her. Relatives knew they always had a place to stay in the Washington, DC area and as their host, Neet made sure her guests saw all the sights, even though she had seen them countless times. She had a wonderful sense of humor, was exceedingly gracious, generous and loving to all.

In retirement, she enjoyed spending time walking through Old Town Alexandria where she lived, having lunches and dinners with friends—always conversing about politics and the state of the country and world. As a member of the Mount Vernon Country Club, she was extensively involved in the women’s golf associations and became an even more avid golfer.

Anita is survived by sisters, Beverly J. Hoden and husband, George of Englewood, Florida and Bonnie J. Wolfe of Southern Pines, NC. Anita was preceded in death by 9 sisters –Leah Miley, Beatrice Host, Elaine Rader, Deleo Reiff, Janyce Bunk, Ethelyn McGuire Jorn, Vida Jean Stout, Marilyn Rose and Nancy Oliphant and three brothers Leonard, Bruce and Robert Jones.

A celebration of her life will be held in Alexandria and Warren at future dates to be determined. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Ruth M. Smith Center, 407 South Main Street, Sheffield, PA 16347. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East St., Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting