Marlene Bennett Jones
Marlene Bennett Jones was raised on a farm in Gee’s Bend Alabama, the eighth oldest of 14 children, she grew up farming and working the field with her family. Despite her difficult childhood, Marlene went on to study electronics, and became an aeronautical electrician, first at Beechcraft, and eventually at Lockheed Martin. After her retirement, she returned to Gee’s Bend to assist her mother who was ill with Alzheimers, it was then that she returned to quilting. In the years since, her work has been featured in the Alabama Bicentennial, the Kentucky Art Center, the Pearl Academy, Parts and Labor in New York, and the Royal Academy in London.