August 16, 1927 - February 5, 2014

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JONES, FREDERICA JOY LESSOR ALARIE RING, 86, of Middlesex, died quietly February 5, at her home surrounded by her family. She had been in declining health for several years. She was born Aug. 16, 1927, in Burlington, the daughter of Julia and Frederick Lessor. She grew up in Burlington and married her childhood sweetheart, Conrad Alarie, in 1945 and was widowed in 1963. She fell in love and married Benjamin Albert Ring in 1965, and was widowed again in 1989. In 1990, she eloped with her flying instructor, Donald G. Jones, with whom she spent the rest of her long and happy life. Her employment over the years included delivering telegrams for Western Union, selling and repairing televisions, raising animals from ducks and geese to beefalo, and local politics. In addition to raising her own family, she took in temporarily displaced children as readily as she adopted stray cats. She was an active member of the Middlesex United Methodist Church, and was generally beloved for her optimism and energy. As an only child she often wished to have a dozen children, and over the years she was blessed with 13. She is survived by five sons and stepsons, David Ring, of Medical Lake, Wash., Wilson Ring, of Waterbury Center, Donald Jones Jr., of Kissimmee, Fla., Mark Jones, of Burlington, and Robin Jones, of Vergennes; six daughters and stepdaughters, Julia Alarie and Patricia Markle, of Williston, Ruth Ring, of Wichita, Kan., Hope Ring, of Charlton, Mass., Laura Ring, of Chicago, and Lynda Snow, of Gilbert, Ariz.; 22 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Jane McGrath, a stepson, Howard Jones, and a grandson, Jason Ring.

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