Edna S. Jones, 83, who had been active in a number of philanthropies here, died Monday of an infection at the Potomac Valley Nursing Home in Rockville, where she had lived for four years.

She was the widow of Alexander F. (Casey) Jones, former managing editor and assistant to the publisher of The Washington Post and former executive editor of the Syracuse Herald Journal and Herald-American in New York. He died in Orlando, Fla., in 1966.

Mrs. Jones was born in Marshfield, Wis. She graduated from secretarial school in Minnespolis and worked with the YMCA in New York before her marriage in Chicago in 1919.

She and her husband came to Washington in 1935 when he joined The Post. They left here in 1950, when he took the position in Syracuse, and remained there until his retirement in 1965.

During their years here, Mrs. Jones was active as a volunteer for Goodwill Industries, hospital fund-raising programs and the American Heart Association. After her husband's death, she returned here briefly, then lived in Florida until coming back here [TEXT OMMITTED FROM SOURCE]

She is survived by two sons, Richard B., of Orlando, and Compton S., of Potomac; a daughter. Mary J. Will, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Coba Kelly and Margaret Loughridge, both of Marshfield, and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Alexander F. Jones Scholarship Fund, Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse University.