Arlene and Ronald


LIVERMORE FALLS — Ronald and Arlene Jones of Livermore Falls were surprised on Nov. 28 when their children, grandchildren and the brother of Mrs. Jones arrived at the farm with a cake and ice cream to celebrate the couple’s 60th anniversary.

Mr. Jones and the former Arlene McCrillis were married Nov. 24, 1949, at the First Baptist Church Parsonage by the Rev. Stewart Kinley, with Louise Strout and Louis Jones as attendants. Following a brief honeymoon at a camp on Norcross Pond, Mr. Jones brought his bride home to the farm at Turmel Road, where they reside today.

Mr. Jones has been a farmer all his life, besides working at the paper mill and retiring from Bath Iron Works. He still keeps animals and takes care of the farm today. Arlene worked for a while in the shoe shop and when children arrived became a stay-at-home mom, as well as helpmate on the farm, milking the cows when Mr. Jones worked shift work, helping get in hay if needed, gardening, canning and the everyday duties of a farm wife.

The couple loves to tell the story of how they met at a dance at New Norland Grange, of which they are still members today. The couple has four children, six grandchildren and one great-grandson, as well as many “special” children they have helped through the years.

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