Winnifred A. Jones, 91

Winnifred A. Jones

Winnifred A. Jones

RAYMOND — Winnifred Arlene Jones, 91, of Raymond, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the home of her son in Harrison, Maine, surrounded by much of her family.

“Winnie” was born in Lynn, Mass., inside her grandparents' house. She was the only child of J. Glenn and Mildred Gould. Her father was a minister and when she was six, they moved to Sawyer Street, the old Church of the Nazarene in South Portland. She attended the former Pleasant Street School, and remembered skiing on barrel staves around her Sawyer Street home.

Winnie was married in 1944, also inside her grandparents' house. She wed Harold S. Jones, of Lewiston, whom she met while they were both students at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass.

In 1948 Winnie moved to live near Detroit, Mich., where her husband practiced medicine as an Osteopathic Surgeon. For many years she served in the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital Auxiliary and managed the gift shop there. She also kept the books and assisted her husband’s business of real estate development in the Sebago Lake region.

In 1983 Winnie and Harold moved to Raymond, where they continued to manage commercial property and wood products businesses. She enjoyed traveling. She played piano and cello, and sang in her church choir. She was an avid reader, and Charter Member of the New Gloucester “No Name” book club. She continued to manage the family business after Harold died in 2009. In 2012 she became a partner in Hawthorne’s Attic Antiques in Casco.

Winnie would be happy there was no headline above her obituary. For a time the Portland, Maine newspaper used a brief summary from a person's life as a headline for their obituary. She hated that. She wrote letters to the editor, arguing that practice did not do justice to the lives most people lived.

She was a member of First Congregational Christian Church of New Gloucester. She is survived by her son Stephen and his wife Carol of Harrison, and daughter Nancy Hansen and husband Carl of Sandwich, N.H. Also by grandchildren Griffin Jones and wife Morgan Beschle, and granddaughter Meredith Jones, all of Cambridge, Mass.; and grandchildren Riley Hansen, Lauren Hansen and Parker Hansen, all of Sandwich, N.H.

Viewing was held at the Wilson Funeral Home, of Gray, Maine, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the First Congregational Christian Church of New Gloucester, followed by a reception at the church. The Rev. Linda Gard officiated.

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