Julie Sutherland Jones, who retired in the early 1990s as deputy director of public affairs at the Labor Department, died Jan. 24 at her home in Arlington County. She was 65.

The cause was cancer, said her husband, Joseph E. Jones.

Before joining the Labor Department in the late 1980s, Mrs. Jones was a speechwriter for L. William Seidman, who was then chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. She previously worked as a legislative assistant and regulatory liaison in Washington for Standard Oil of Ohio, Southern California Edison and the Primark Corp.

After her retirement from the federal government, Mrs. Jones was a consultant to the Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau.

Julie Ann Sutherland was born in Washington. She was a 1966 graduate of Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Md., and received a bachelor’s degree in French language and literature from the University of Maryland in 1974. Her memberships included Pi Beta Phi, which calls itself a fraternity for women.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Joseph E. Jones of Arlington; and a sister, Pamela Sutherland of Crofton, Md.

— Emily Langer