Coston-Jones, Dorothy

COSTON-JONES, Dorothy Maxine

Dorothy Maxine Coston-Jones passed away peacefully on December 24, 2020 in Smyrna, GA at the age of 97 after having overcome various illnesses and beating COVID-19. Born in January 1923 to the late Solomon and Johnnie Belle (Graham) Smith in Detroit, Michigan. Dorothy was raised mostly by her mom and stepdad, Arnold. She had three siblings, who preceded her in death, Johnnie Delle Smoot, Samuel Smith, and Ernest Smith.

After graduating from Northeastern high school, she met and married Beauford William Coston (Bill) in 1943. He supported her earning her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wayne State University in 1947. While there, she enjoyed writing as part of the school newspaper staff. She also pledged, and became a member of the prestigious Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in 1945 recently attaining Diamond status.

Dorothy and Beauford (Bill) had a son, Gregory, in 1949. Gregory died in 1957 and their daughter Sybil was born in 1958. Dorothy worked at Pinkerton Detective Agency for a time, then was selected to become one of the first black female police women in the City of Detroit. She was later picked to be Director of Treatment/Prison Services at Detroit House of Correction (DeHoCo), the only prison for women in Michigan. Now named Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility. There she was instrumental in establishing educational programs that allowed female inmates to attain their GED's. She earned a Masters of Arts in Corrections Administration from University of Detroit in 1971 and the September 19, 1986 "Dorothy Coston graduating class" of Earl F. Demarse Corrections Training Academy at Eastern University was named in her honor. She also served as a field instructor in the School of Social Work at University of Michigan.

Eight years after the death of her husband Bill (1980), she married Dr. Robert N. Jones (Bob). Very soon after they retired, Dorothy and Bob began volunteering at the Detroit Institute of Arts, going on ocean cruises, and entertaining friends and family at their cottage on Lake Erie in Wheatley, Ontario. Bob passed on in 2003 and in 2018, Dorothy relocated to a sunny suburb in Georgia to be with her daughter and son-in law.

Dorothy had a good life. She enjoyed walking with her friends at Lafayette park, playing bridge with her various bridge clubs, bid whist with family and friends, traveling around the world with her daughter, collecting clocks and watches along the way. She was also a member of Ladies on the Move at her church, Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Detroit.

Dorothy was a joy to be around. She always had a smile and never met a stranger. She liked fresh flowers, and pretty table settings, going shopping, playing the penny slots, and going to her beloved Red Lobster for lunch. In her later years she discovered she liked Bingo.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Sybil Coston-Bishi, her beloved son-in-law Nurudeen Bishi, and step-grandson Justice, goddaughter Dr. Monica Thornhill-Joynes. Nieces/nephews: Janella Hardin (Larry), Daryl Smith, Marcia Smith. Deborah Smith Dickens (Larry), Fleming Smoot Jr. (Peggy), Portia Martin, Stacey Smith and numerous relatives and friends.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to Provident Village at Creekside and Agape Hospice for their care and compassion.

Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home & Crematory (Decatur, GA)

Services to be held in Detroit at later date.

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Funeral Home Information

South DeKalb Chapel - Decatur

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