Anna L. Jones

TOPSHAM – Anna L. Jones, 94, passed away Feb. 10, 2021, in Topsham, Maine.

She was born at home, on a dairy farm in West Rupert, Vermont, the fourth child of John and Allie Lourie’s seven children. She graduated from Washington Academy in Salem, N.Y., and was active in her local 4-H where she learned to be a proficient seamstress and earned several awards for her skill. She continued her education at Bob Jones University in South Carolina, where she graduated with a degree in education. She taught for two years in Pittsfield, Vermont.

Anna married Donald N. Jones in Rupert, Vermont, in 1950. They began their married life in Troy, New York, where Don was the pastor of the Second Baptist Church. As a Pastor’s wife and later a Chaplain’s wife, they became a team. She was very involved in the life of the church, teaching Sunday school, and participating in youth group activities, Bible studies, women’s groups, and choir.

In 1956 Don joined the U.S. Air Force as a Chaplain, and so began their life of being on the move. It was exciting at times, but also hard to be away from the support of family. Anna had a strong faith in God which she and Don also imparted to their daughters and the airman and military families they served. They lived in Texas, Alaska, Missouri, New York, Taiwan, Virginia, West Berlin Germany and eventually, Maine. Livermore Falls was a 14-year “stop” on their journey. The years at First Baptist became cherished memories and lasting friendships were made. In 1988 they retired to the family homestead in West Pawlet, Vermont, where she enjoyed redecorating the old farm house, working in the gardens, walking the back roads with Don, and entertaining family and friends.

Anna was a member of the East Poultney Baptist Church, active in the Home Dem, the Granville Area Chorus, the Poultney Area St. David’s Society, the Pawlet Historical Society, and volunteering at the Mettawee Community School, where she spent time reading with the kids. They moved back to Maine and settled at the Highlands in Topsham in 2009. She was a member of the United Baptist Church and the Highlands Chorale. Anna took lessons in watercolor painting and continued her gardening, planting flowers around their home and in the big raised bed across the street.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents, Allie May Peck and John T. Lourie, her beloved husband of 66 years, Donald N. Jones, her brother, Donald W. Lourie and sister Elsie Lourie Buck.

She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Robert Carrell, Vassalboro, and Margie and Rick Jackson, Newton, N.C.; grandsons, Joshua Jackson, and Jonathan and his wife Jessica Jackson, and two great-granddaughters, Mabrey Hope and Holyn Jane. Also, her sister, Frances Campbell, Niagara Falls, N.Y., and brothers, Arthur Lourie, Rupert, Vt., Robert and Evan Lourie, Cambridge, N.Y..

Anna loved the LORD was a blessing to her family and friends. She will be deeply missed. Messages of condolence may be sent to: http://www.finleyfuneralhome.com.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at 11 a.m., at the United Baptist Church of Topsham, 1 Elm Street, Topsham, Maine. Visitation will be held 10-11 a.m., prior to the funeral service at the United Baptist Church of Topsham.

Arrangements made by FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 15 Church Street, Livermore Falls, Maine.

The service will be livestreamed through Finley Funeral Home Facebook Page.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Anna Jones’ Memory to: United Baptist Church of Topsham,

1 Elm Street,

Topsham, ME 04086;

or to:

Pawlet Historical Society

PO Box 113,

Pawlet, VT 05761;

or to:

Rupert Historical Society,

PO Box 84,

Rupert, VT 05768

Anna L. Jones

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