Mair Jones grew up in Llangennech, Carmarthenshire and after secretarial training worked for several years in the local Ministry of Defence establishment, during which period she came to a personal faith in Christ.
Through a work of the Spirit in the late 1940s a number of young people from north and south Wales were converted; they met in local fellowships, in camps and conferences, and a Welsh Evangelical Magazine was published. As the work (now known as EMW) grew and the Rev Elwyn Davies moved to Bala to supervise it, it came as a joyful surprise to discover that Mair Jones had already felt called to offer her services as office clerk.
Arriving at Bala in March 1956, Mair gave unstinted service for over 40 years, moving with the office to Port Talbot in 1962 and then in 1972 to Bridgend. She cheerfully turned her hand to doing anything that was required. In earlier years that meant typing and keeping accounts, parcelling and posting books, managing bookstalls, etc. In later years, as staff increased, Mair majored on the publishing side of the work, keeping abreast of modern technology as it developed. For many years she was chief compositor for Press books and magazines, and even after retirement in 1997 continued to give invaluable voluntary help in this sphere.
For all her hard work, when Mair was around, laughter was never far away. Welsh was her first language, and if the occasional English malapropism caused mirth to others, no one would laugh more heartily than she! Warm-hearted and generous, with a contented, humble spirit and a real heart for mission, it is little wonder that Mair was held in respect and affection by all who knew her. But, most of all, she will be remembered for her unswerving dedication to serving the Lord.