PEABODY — Ruth D. Jones of Peabody, passed away on Friday evening, Nov. 26, 2010. She was 85 years of age.
Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Melvin, and the late Elizabeth (Bentley) Durkee; and she was the beloved wife of 57 years of Ralph T. Jones. Ruth had resided in Woburn for many years prior to coming to Peabody. She enjoyed knitting beautiful baby afghans which she donated to MSPCC for families less fortunate. She also knitted Prayer Shawls which were appreciated by the residents of Renaissance Garden at Brooksby Village.
In addition to her devoted husband, Ralph, she is survived by two daughters, Linda Zehler and her husband Daniel, and Laurel Roebuck and her husband Bill; and one son, Dana R. Jones and his wife Janie. She is also survived by her sister and best friend, Elizabeth Lehr; and her brother, Rev. Robert M. Durkee and his wife Elaine. She is further survived by her grandchildren, Stephanie (Zehler) and Ross Congo, Christina Zehler, Kimberly Zehler, David Roebuck, Christopher Roebuck, Jason and Stacy Roebuck, Jennifer Dreher, and Heather Dreher; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at the Chapel at Brooksby Village, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, McIntosh Bldg., in Peabody on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. In Ruth's generous spirit of selfless giving, she requested that donations be made in lieu of flowers to a charity dear to her heart, The Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, DC 20090; or the Brooksby Village Benevolent Fund, Attn: Gift Planning, 300 Brooksby Village Dr., Peabody, MA 01960. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn. www.grahamfuneral.com.