Loreeda Jones received her bachelor's degree in English from Emory and Henry College and master's in Bible and theology from Scarlett College and Vanderbilt University School of Religion. She served as Director of Christian Education for Methodist churches in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Honolulu, Hawaii, prior to joining Mary Washington in 1963. Loreeda assumed the position of a diaconal minister of the United Methodist Church and served as the campus minister for the Wesley Foundation, creating a vitally active program involving both students and faculty. In 1970, under her leadership, the Wesley Foundation became ecumenical and changed its name to the Campus Christian Center. Loreeda retired from her position as campus minister in 1987 and married Ralph A. Niemann. Mr. Niemann was the head of the Strategic Systems Department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren, Va. Together they enjoyed traveling and community activities. In 1988 Loreeda helped to establish a scholarship in Ralph's memory, the Ralph A. Niemann Scholarship in Computer Science. She funded a second scholarship in 1999 to benefit religion majors, the Loreeda Ruth Jones Niemann Scholarship in Religion. She passed away in 2013.