The deaths of Anita Joanne (Boone) Jones and her husband, Theodore Harold “Ted” Jones, long-time residents of Fredericton, occurred at their home on September 9, 2023.
Born in Fredericton on September 19, 1943, Anita was the eldest daughter of Allan Ernest and Faye Miriam (Flewelling) Boone. She was educated in Fredericton schools and at the University of New Brunswick, from which she received B.A. and B. Ed. degrees. She attended a French summer school on St. Pierre and Miquelon prior to beginning her teaching career at Simonds Regional High School in Saint John. In 1969 she returned to Fredericton to teach at Fredericton High School. For three of her many years there, she was head of the French Department. She did substitute teaching for several years while her son was young, and then returned to full-time teaching, completing her career in education at F.H.S in 2001.
Over the years she developed an interest, begun by her parents, in local history. Following her marriage to Ted Jones in 1972, she assisted him in researching, editing, and proofreading for his several books, including a biography of H.A. Cody and two volumes entitled Both sides of the Wire about the Fredericton Internment Camp. For three years she contributed articles for each issue of The Officers’ Quarterly for the York-Sunbury Historical Society. In retirement, she and her husband co-authored two books on local history, Fredericton and Its People and Historic Fredericton North. They received the Fredericton Heritage Trust Award for 2006 for their research and writing. At the time of her death, she was working on a comprehensive biography of Lemuel Allan Wilmot.
Anita Jones was a lifelong member of Wilmot United Church, where she sang in the choir and volunteered as a church librarian in her earlier years. She served two terms on the Official Board, and in 2002 wrote The Story of Wilmot United Church, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 1791-2002.
She is survived by her son, Adam Welsey Jones (and his life partner, Amber Richards) of Moncton, and by her beloved grandson, Daniel Allan Jones (and his mother, Natalie), of Fredericton. Also surviving are her two sisters, Beverly Colpitts (Charles) of Ottawa and their children, Jeffrey Colpitts (Rongs) and Laura Burns (Craig), Marilyn Noble (Bruce) of Fredericton and their children, Edward Noble (Peggy) and Robert Noble; three other nieces, and numerous cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and by her sister-in-law, Victoria Frances Jones.
Her remains are resting at McAdam’s Funeral Home, 160 York Street. Visitation for Anita and Ted will take place on Monday, September 18th, 2023, from 7-9pm, and again on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, from 12-2pm, which will be followed by a funeral service at 2pm at the J.A. McAdam Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Mary Tingley officiating. A reception will take place after the funeral in the adjoining room. Anita and Ted will be interred on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 in a private family ceremony at the Fredericton Rural Cemetery Extension. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences are gratefully accepted at www.mcadamsfh.com.