Margaret Ann Jones, the matriarch of the Triple J group of companies and one of the most generous philanthropists on Guam, has died at the age of 81.
Her husband, Triple J CEO and Chairman Robert H. Jones, as well as her daughter Julie Jones Murrell, and her sons Jeff Jones and Jay Jones, were by her side when Margaret passed away peacefully in North Carolina on June 27.
Margaret called Guam home for more than 50 years and was an integral part of Triple J. Enterprises, one of the biggest commercial enterprises on Guam and a family business that spans three generations.
Triple J Enterprises was founded in 1984 and its businesses stretch across the Pacific ranging from car dealerships, restaurants, and a real estate firm to wholesale foods and after-market tires.
But Margaret was not only instrumental in Triple J’s business success she was also a longtime philanthropist whose work and contributions have benefitted the whole island.
Way back in 1965, Margaret was a founding member of one of the longest running charitable organizations on Guam — the famed Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association (GMHVA), also known as the Pink Ladies for the pink vests they wear. As of 2015, GMHVA had already raised over $8 million for improvements to Guam’s only public hospital.
Margaret also offered her time and talents to numerous organizations such as the Guam Women’s Club, the Miss Guam Universe Pageant, the Miss Guam World Pageant, Harvest Baptist Church, and the board of St. John’s School.
A cancer survivor, Margaret was also heavily involved with the American Cancer Society and that organization’s Relay for Life as well as raising funds for cancer research and prevention by holding a yearly 5k run/walk event.
Throughout her life, faith had been at the core of Margaret’s drive to give back to the island community. She has done a lot to improve the quality of life on Guam and her contributions to the family business, Guam’s business sector as a whole, and the many charitable organizations she helped will never be forgotten.
Memorial services for Margaret will be held in North Carolina and funeral services in Guam will be announced at a later date.
The Jones family is asking for privacy as they grieve and would appreciate prayers during this difficult time.