Marjorie "Marjie" Jones (Ferrell)
Marjorie Ann Ferrell Jones (90) was cherished until her final breath in her home on Sunday, August 12, surrounded by her family and favorite songs.
She is now reunited with the love-of-her-life, Robert B. Jones, and her son, R. Benson Jones. She is also predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and William Sandmeyer; brother, Robert W. Ferrell, Jr.; mother, Helen Mincemoyer Ferrell and father, Robert W. Ferrell, Sr.; and dear friends Ann, Jack, Patsy, Bob and Jo, and Barbara.
She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Tom) Sherwood, the Jeffrey Jones family; granddaughters Sarah Sherwood, Erin (Darrin Harzewski) Sherwood, Regan (Mark) Howlett; and grandson, Robert Jamieson Jones; loving great granddaughters, Lillian Marjorie Howlett, Willow Jane Howlett, Eliza June Sherwood, Ella Brooke Harzewski, and Natalie Grace Harzewski. She leaves many special nieces and nephews including Selby Davis, Debbie Sandmeyer Bryan, Dedre Sandmeyer (Frank) Miriello; great niece Brittany Bryan; great nephews Shawn Bryan and Thadeus Miriello.
Special thanks to Martha Keenan and Marjie’s A-team of caregivers. In lieu of flowers feel free to make a gift to Focus on the Children, PO Box 31, Caledonia, NY 14423; Livingston County Hospice Fund, Livingston County Health Department, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris, NY 14510; or to an organization of your choice.
Friends may call Friday, August 24 at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia, from 4-7 P.M. A private interment will be held in Picture Rocks, Pennsylvania at the convenience of the family,
Life Story for Marjorie "Marjie" Jones (Ferrell)
Growing up in the small rural village of Picture Rocks, Pennsylvania, Marjie enjoyed playing and swimming in the creek flanked by the “picture rocks”. Her father was the local school Principal and instilled in his children the love of learning and his indelible sense of humor and quick wit. She embraced her school days from a youth on into her college years at Lycoming College in Williamsport, where she served in multiple positions in clubs and as class officer, and May Queen.
Marj and Bob were both attending Lycoming when they met at a Penn State Football game. Bob fell instantly in love with the beautiful and spunky red head and they would be married one week after her college graduation. They soon settled in LeRoy, New York, where the young couple refurbished an old one-room school house. They began raising boxer dogs and their first of three children joined them in the tiny home.
When Bobby was 4 and Jeff 2, the couple built a home on Park Place – then a dirt road across from the Stanton Farm. They welcomed a baby daughter to the family. As neighbors moved in and the farm was transformed into a beautiful golf course, the Joneses became fast and life-long friends with neighbors, Weitzels, Morans, and Ludlums. Many holidays were spent together around each other’s dining room tables and their children remain close to this day.
Living across the street from the golf course, the family often times would grab a few clubs and go play two or three holes in the evening, the loser had to wash the dishes. Golf became Bob’s and Marj’s favorite past time. They traveled the country playing some of the best courses in the world. They also belonged to the hidden gem of Stafford Country Club. Marjie enjoyed playing in the women’s leagues of both courses, Caledonia and Stafford.
The Genesee Valley was very special to this transplant from the hills of Pennsylvania. She learned to love the landscape with its trademark Oak Trees. She and Bob were avid volunteers and leaders in the Genesee Valley Pony Club, where son Benson learned to love horses, became an excellent rider and went on to own Tadmor Farm on Nations Road in Geneseo.
When it came time to find a special Winter get-away as Bob closed in on retirement, he found The Lely Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. Each January, they would travel there with good friends, Vito and Roz Pricola. When Bob passed in 1993 from a difficult battle with lung cancer, Marjie remained strong and independent. She continued to travel with Vito and Roz to Naples to spend time with great friends Liz and Jim Ogura, and many others. Her sister Dot and husband, Bill also accompanied her to Naples for many years. She was forever grateful for their companionship and love. In later years, daughter Betsy would become her ever present travel partner to Naples. The two made many road trips South and to other parts of the East Coast.
She was an avid reader, writer, and poet. There was never a New York Times crossword puzzle that was left unfinished at her table. Although she didn’t have a formal “job”, she volunteered with many special interests, including the local and state Republican Party. She was a Sunday School teacher at Stone Church; her love of books drew her to the Caledonia Library as a volunteer. Marjie was always continuing her education, whether it be in class at RIT’s Athenaeum, or in a really good book. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, became a member of the board of trustees (emeritus) at Genesee Country Village & Museum, and perhaps more importantly, for years she loved singing with the museum’s Harmonics chorus, and painting with the group of volunteer painters known as the Nutt Family, where she was fondly referred to as Macadamia.
Marjie was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award for Lycoming College in 1997 and was invited to join the Board of Trustees in 2002. She also served as a Trustee for Five Star Bank, and Genesee Community College. She received numerous awards as she continued her family’s philanthropy through SUNY Geneseo and RIT. She was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of Focus on the Children, a not-for-profit agency Bob had founded with friend and pastor, Rev. Merl Galusha.
Marjie loved art and music, was a talented piano player with the most graceful “piano fingers” and a wonderful painter. She spent much time with her mother in law, Lucille, at the depot in Caledonia where Lucille taught painting classes, and while she wouldn’t boast, left many beautiful pieces for her family to enjoy.
Even with all her travels, golf expeditions, and volunteer activities, as her mother before her, Marjorie always made time for family. She attended many concerts, soccer and basketball games, Odyssey of the Mind competitions, plays and musicals; and later her great granddaughters’ dance recitals and soccer games. In recent years Marjie loved the scenic drive down through the rolling hills to Rushford Lake, where she would enjoy steamers and a beer, while she looked over the lake from the covered porch built just for her.
Marjie had suffered through the loss of her husband and son to illness. She attended the funerals of her closest family and friends, she remained strong in the face of adversity; but never was there an aire of self-pity. Marjie embraced the good in life and shared all that she had with those dear to her.
So, whenever you may hear a tune from the Sound of Music, or the crooning of Frank Sinatra, God Bless America sung during the seventh inning stretch at Yankee Stadium, the roar of a golf crowd over an Eagle putt, or the uncorking of a good Merlot, please think of Marjie and fill your glass half full.