Emily Myra Jones, 69, a retired mental health technician in the Area B Mental Health Program who was active in church groups, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 23 at Howard University Hospital.

Mrs. Jones, who was born in Flat Rock, N.C., grew up in Washington. From 1954 to 1958, she owned and operated the Lido Transfer and Storage Company. In 1963, she became a foster mother under the auspices of the D.C. Department of Human Resources, now the Department of Human Services.

In 1971, she became a mental health technician in the Area B Mental Health Program. She earned an applied science degree at the Washington Technical Institute in 1974 and in 1977 received an award from the Walter Gist School and Outpatient Services in Area B. She retired last year.

Mrs. Jones was a member of the John Wesley AME Church and had been a vice president of the Deaconess Board and a Trustee Aid. She was a member of the Ladies Usher Board and other church groups. She also was a member of Miriam Chapter No. 4 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Her first husband, Robert F. Odellas Jr., died in 1937. Her second husband, Thurmon B. Jones Sr., from whom she inherited the Lido company, died in 1954.

Survivors include four children, Robert F. Odellas III, Ellen Odellas Van Edwards and Linda Elaine Jones, all of Washington, and Thurmon B. Jones Jr. of Upper Marlboro; one brother, Albert Creasman of Hendersonville, N.C.; one sister, Mary L. Gilliland of Washington, and five grandchildren.