Bess Jones

New York United States
(b. 1927 - d. 2015)

LLL co-Founder Marian Tompson submitted Bess Jones' name for We Remember. Marian recalls, Bess and I "had been corresponding for more than 30 or 40 years."

Bess Rose Waldo Jones passed away on September 4, 2015 at the age of 88, having spent the last two years under the care of a nursing facility. She was born on March 11, 1927 in Canastota, New York USA, spending her early years in Syracuse and Rome, New York USA. Bess attended local schools, graduating from Rome Free Academy in 1944. She continued her education at Middlebury College in Vermont USA, graduating with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1948. Bess was soon after employed as a caseworker at the Oneida County Welfare Department, where she met her surviving husband, Leland R. Jones. They were married in 1951. Bess and Lee raised a family of six children. They had 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

As the founder of the Mohawk Valley chapter of La Leche League chapter, Bess was well-loved for her advocacy, leadership and relationships with mothers and the care of their young children.

Throughout her life, Bess traveled extensively with her husband Lee to pursue her passion for historical sites, culinary and botanical interests, as well as to maintain life-long relationships with distant friends and family. Bess' floral and food gardens were extensive in variety and content, both in terms of beauty and bounty. Her joy of cooking utilizing these gardens and a number of other unique sources resulted in her family enjoying culinary delights all year long. Later in life, Bess and Lee became dedicated duplicate bridge players. In addition to being a voracious reader on many topics, Bess enjoyed listening to opera and classical music. She was herself quite an accomplished piano player and loved playing duets after Sunday dinners with her father-in-law.