Julia Elizabeth Jones Rubio was born in Laredo and educated in public schools. She graduated from J.W. Nixon High School in 1976, after which she attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. She returned to Texas to complete her undergraduate studies, receiving a B.A. degree in Spanish and Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1980. Mrs. Rubio was inducted into the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. Following her family’s long-standing Longhorn tradition, Mrs. Rubio furthered her education at the McCombs School of Business, receiving her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982.
Elizabeth began her career as a banker, working in commercial lending. She later commenced a career as an educator, teaching fifteen years at Amparo Gutierrez Elementary School. Currently, she is Director of Events and Operations in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Texas A&M International University. This position is particularly fitting, as Elizabeth’s Richter and Watson family have long been involved in the arts, and her aunt, Helen Richter Watson’s fine ceramic collection is on permanent display at the University.
Elizabeth has enjoyed volunteering with the PTC organizations of both Amparo Gutierrez Elementary School as well as United Day School. In addition, she enjoyed contributing as a J.B. Alexander High School band parent. She is a lifelong active member of Christ Church Episcopal, having served as a vestry member, lector, and Sunday school teacher. She is currently proud to serve on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Webb and Zapata Counties as secretary.
Elizabeth was presented by the Society in 1976 and has served in numerous board positions. She is particularly pleased to be portraying Martha, as her connection to the Society of Martha Washington goes back to its inception. Her grandmother, Helen Richter (Dolly) Watson, was a founding member of the Society. She served as the Society’s fourth president, in 1943, and was an original Colonial Lady. Elizabeth’s mother, Julia Richter Watson Jones, is likewise a Colonial Lady. She was presented by the Society in 1949, escorted by Elizabeth’s father, James Kenton Jones. In 1979, Elizabeth’s mother portrayed Martha Washington, and Elizabeth is proud to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Elizabeth’s brother, James K. Jones, Jr., was an escort in 1971. Her sister, Margaret Jones Hagelman, was presented in 1978 and was the Society’s president in 2013.