Anne Middleton Suydam Jones was born on April 27, 1921, in New York City, the daughter of Walter Lispenard Suydam II and Elizabeth Maxwell Tybout Wood Suydam of Long Island, NY. She was predeceased by her brothers, Joseph Wood Suydam and Lispenard Suydam and sister, Elizabeth Schermerhorn Suydam von Briesen. She is survived by her children K. Dexter Cheney IV and Carol L. Cheney both of Hamden, CT from a first marriage to Thomas L. Cheney. Her marriage to Brooks M. Jones in Cleveland lasted from 1952 until his death 2006. She is survived by her step daughter Alice Jones Gulick, and her sons Thomas H. Jones II and Brooks M. Jones, Jr, of Cleveland Heights,12 grandchildren and 5 great grand children.
Anne died peacefully of natural causes at age 97 on April 8, 2019 at South Franklin Circle, Chagrin Falls, where she lived for the last decade. She grew up in Blue Point, Long Island, graduated from The Shipley School and attended Katharine Gibbs College. Anne was associated with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for over 50 years, first as a member of the Women's Committee and later as a trustee. She logged in 5000 volunteer hours and actively supported the conservation programs of the museum, serving on the Natural Areas Committee. In 2008, she donated funds to construct a new enclosure for Bad Bob and Bitty Kitty, orphaned bobcats adopted by the Museum.
In the early 1960s Anne and Brooks discovered Snowmass, Colorado, and spent significant time there for the next 40+ years. Anne was an accomplished downhill skier and hiked several of Colorado's fourteener mountains. She and Brooks were active members of the Snowmass Community Chapel & Community Center. Travel with friends took Anne and Brooks to all corners of the world. She was a member of the Cleveland Racquet Club—a true tennis aficionado—playing well into her '80s, and a longtime member of Community Church of Chesterland and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Chagrin Falls. Anne was an avid reader with a particular interest in physical and natural sciences. She was a fearless wordsmith, completing the NY Times crossword puzzle every day in ink.
A celebration of Anne's life will be held at Community Church of Chesterland on June 15, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.