Obituary — Nancy Mason Jones

Nancy Jones celebrates a recent birthday with her grandchildren. Left to right bottom: Lydia Maitland, Nancy Jones, Julia and Henry Shrier; top: Charlie and Kathryn Maitland.

Nancy Mason Jones, age 83, of Shelburne, Vt., and formerly Larchmont, N.Y., passed away on July 3, 2018, at the Wake Robin Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Nancy was born in Portland, Ore., on Sept. 29, 1934, to Florence Towle and Ira Mason. In 1944, the Mason family moved to Bethesda, Md., when her father was transferred to be the Director of Timber Management for the U.S. Forest Service.

Nancy attended schools in Bethesda and later received degrees from Duke University and the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration. Nancy worked as a securities analyst with Merrill Lynch in New York City, where she met and married Kenneth Jones. They then settled in Larchmont, raised three daughters and lived in the same home for 43 years.

Nancy and Ken moved to Wake Robin during the summer of 2012 to be closer to their family. Nancy felt very fortunate to be at Wake Robin. She participated in many family activities, developed new friendships at Wake Robin and was involved with several groups at the retirement community.

Throughout her life, Nancy was devoted to her family. She spent most of her time caring for her family and volunteering at local community organizations. Nancy held numerous officer positions on the board of the Larchmont Presbyterian Church and served a term as Clerk of Session. She also worked as the church treasurer for 15 years before retirement.

She was a board member of the PTA and volunteered at the local schools. Nancy was involved in the Larchmont Women’s and Garden Clubs. Her favorite Larchmont activities were taking walks by Long Island Sound, making trips into Manhattan for cultural pursuits, and participating in an active book club. Nancy was also an avid Duke basketball fan.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Kenneth, of 53 years; her brother Dean Mason, of El Macero, Calif.; her daughter Lynda Maitland and her husband John, of Shelburne, Vt.; her daughter Dianne Shrier and her fiance Jason Sawyer, of Shelburne, Vt; and her daughter Lauren Jones, of Arlington, Mass.; her grandchildren Kathryn, Charlie and Lydia Maitland, and Julia and Henry Shrier.

Nancy dearly loved her five grandchildren. She was a constant presence in their lives and enthusiastically took interest in all of their activities.

The family wishes to thank the Wake Robin staff and residents for their kindness, friendship and love. In addition, the family is grateful for the support of the VNA hospice nurses.

A memorial service will be held later this summer at Wake Robin. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to: Allie Stickney Staff Education Fund at Wake Robin, 200 Wake Robin Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482 or the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.

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