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Magdaline John Michelle Tiliakos

Dear Chuck and Joni and Family. Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers .Mrs.Dot was a precious lady,always so sweet and enjoyed our many talks.We would talk about your father and how he built boats and cabins in the mountains. She loved talking about the fruit trees and the jellies she would make. .She would tell me all about your father and how he built the house in the montains and the boats and how he was so and capable of doing it all and so professional at everything he put his mind to it. She was such a beautiful woman we will celebrate her life and remembered and honor her with such love and respect.. We will miss the weekly calls from her but we will cherish the times we spent together .Mrs.Dot you will always be in our thoght and minds.

Dorothy Elizabeth Burbank Jones


Dorothy Elizabeth Burbank Jones passed away on January 5, 2023, just several months after her 98th birthday, at her most recent home in Yulee, Florida.

A lifetime member of St. Peter's Parish, Dorothy was born in Fernandina, on September 16, 1924, as the third of six children parented by shrimp-trawl maker William Hunter Burbank, Sr. and his extraordinary wife, Effie Blanche Peterson. Dorothy lived all but 12 years of her life in the Fernandina/Amelia Island area, graduating from high school in 1942 and marrying Charles Travis Jones of Callahan in 1946. The couple had two children, Charles T. II in 1948 and Joni Elizabeth in 1953.

From 1941 until her retirement in 1986, Dorothy worked as Secretary-to-the-President and Loan Officer at several financial institutions in Fernandina. Besides being a wonderful mother and grandmother, she was a much beloved aunt to her nieces and nephews of the extended Burbank-Jones family and an encouraging phone-pal to her many recent and long-time friends. She loved gardening, camping, time with family, and watching movies, such as the Hallmark Hall of Fame series, The Bishop's Wife (1947), First Daughter (2004), and especially Murphy's Romance (1985).

Although known by many names (Dorothy, Dot, Dottie, Miss Dot, Ms. Jones, Mama, Nana, Elizabeth, Aunt Dot, Aunt Polka-Dot), she will be remembered for her bright, welcoming smile and her warm, charming personality.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Charles Travis; parents, Bill & Effie Burbank; sisters, Edith Pappas and Lucille Barbee; brothers, Billy, Jr. and Frank; and nephews, Peter Pappas and Tommy Burbank. She leaves behind sister Charlene Lohman (Floyd), son Charles "Chuck" Travis II; daughter, Joni Jones Abels (Henry); granddaughter, Robyn Mobley (Don); grandson Chad Tyler (Stephanie); eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Not bad for a woman who wasn't expected to live past twenty years because of, at the age of 4, being hit and dragged by an automobile!

Dorothy's remains, along with her husband's, will be laid to rest in the Burbank plot of the Episcopal Cemetery; date and time will be determined.

Donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to the “Nassau County Council on Aging“ or to the “Native American Heritage Association.”


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