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Marie E. (Betty) Jones Saratoga Springs - Marie E. (Betty) Jones of Saratoga Springs and most recently a resident of the Home of the Good Shepard in Malta, died peacefully March 13, 2014, surrounded by her family. Betty was born February 18, 1924 in Glens Falls, New York to the late Lloyd Donohue and Hazel Donohue. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Glens Falls in 1942 and attended nursing school in Manhattan following graduation. She married the love of her life, the late Ellsworth J. Jones on May 17, 1947. Ellsworth died on December 31, 2006. Betty and Ells lived in Saratoga Springs following their marriage moving from their first home at 20 Clinton Street to apartments on Maple Avenue and York Avenue before settling at 85 Court Street and building a lifelong friendship with Norm and the late Eva Fox. They were devoted parishioners at St. Clement’s Parish with their close friends the Zabalas, Collins’, Butlers’, McNearys’, Veitchs’, Colamarias’, and many others. Betty spent many afternoons with her close friend and neighbor Nettie Cummings with whom she played golf for over three decades. While raising four children in the fifties and sixties, and building the family business – The Hayes Tobacco Company – with her husband, Betty still found time to volunteer in the community, including work with The March of Dimes, The Caroline Street PTA, The St. Clements Horse Show, and The Meals on Wheels program. Following the sale of The Hayes Tobacco in 1977, Betty spent a great deal of time on community activities with Ells during his five terms as Mayor of Saratoga Springs from 1980 through 1990. During those years, Betty and Ells became close friends with Marylou and Sonny Whitney enjoying many summer evenings on the dance floor during the August Race Meet. Betty remained close friends with Marylou and her husband, John Hendrickson during the later years of her life as well as Heather Mabee who gave so many hours to both Betty and Ells as both were comforted by Hospice care. Betty’s family remained the center of her life. Her fifty nine year marriage to Ells was magic. In her later years, she beamed with pride telling friends and sharing pictures of her grandchildren Ryan and Logan. In addition to her late husband Ellsworth, Betty was predeceased by three brothers, The Very Rev. D Leonard Donohue, Robert Donohue, and Bill Donohue, and one sister, Eileen Rozell, along with her eldest son, John Francis Jones. She is survived by her sons Mark (Lana) of Geneva, New York, and Matthew of Saratoga Springs, New York; daughter Suzie (Sandi) of Medford, Oregon; grandchildren Ryan Jones, Logan Jones and their mom, Tammy Jones of Saratoga Springs, New York; sister Carol (Jerry) Yager of Brentwood, Tennessee; sister-in-law Nancy Donohue of Hudson Falls, New York; brother-in-law Bob Rozell of Glens Falls, New York; and sister-in-law Peggy Donohue of South Glens Falls, New York; and her beloved nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and others in her extended family. Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014 at William J. Burke and Sons Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. A service celebrating her life will be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, March 17, 2014 at St. Clements church 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. Burial will be held following the service at St. Mary’s cemetery in South Glens Falls, New York.
Published in The Saratogian on Mar. 14, 2014
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