Marilyn Sally Jones
Marilyn Sally Jones
CUTTINGSVILLE — Sally peacefully moved on to her new eternal life after a brief illness on December 30, 2013.
She was born in Schenectady, New York, on June 18, 1931, the daughter of Madolyn and Ernest Jones.
She attended schools in Schenectady and graduated from Green Mountain College.
Upon graduation from college, Sally moved to New York City. She was employed by Eastern Airlines at the time Eddie Rickenbacker, WWI’s most successful fighter ace, owned the company. As an employee of the airline company, she enjoyed her frequent weekend trips to the Bahamas and Bermuda.
In 1954, she left New York to begin her life in Vermont. Her and her first husband, Clayton J. Stewart Jr., first lived in Mount Holly for a few years until the home she currently had lived in was built in Cuttingsville. She later married George Richards.
Sally was a very dedicated worker. She was employed at the Rutland Veterinary Clinic for over 30 years. That is where her love for animals was fostered. In the early ’70s, she occasionally would be a substitute mail carrier in Shrewsbury. However, her most honorable job was that of school bus driver for the town of Shrewsbury. She started out driving a van as a substitute driver in the early ’70s, and it soon became her full-time job, and a 66-passenger bus was her vehicle. She retired in 2006. She felt that the children who rode her bus were her extended family. She was always had a smile on her face when she talked about the children and then their children riding the same bus. She was very prideful that she was in charge of getting her kids to and from school safely.
Through the years, Sally had a strong affinity for all creatures great and small. She enjoyed her horses, goats, cows, sheep, chickens, pigs and several other critters in her menagerie. Her cats and dogs were always her favorite.
She was involved in Shrewsbury politics for many, many years, as a justice of the peace, a member of the board of civil authority and others duties as called upon.
One of her favorite places was Maine. She cherished the family vacations in Goose Rocks, Kennebunk and Wells. Actually, any place that there was an ocean, she was at peace.
In the late ’90s, she had the opportunity to spend approximately six weeks travelling with her daughter to the United Kingdom and Europe. She especially loved the country of Wales because of her strong Welsh heritage.
Survivors include a son, Michael Stewart of Cuttingsville, and his wife, Christine, and their children, Justin Stewart and Ashley Seiple and her husband, Jason; a daughter, Lauren, and her husband, Tim Smith, of Shrewsbury; a daughter-in-law, Wendy Stewart of Cuttingsville. She also had two very special daughters, Lynette Over and her husband, Gregg, of Cuttingsville and Marina Potter and her husband, Bert, of Cuttingsville; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a half-brother, Robert Jones and his wife of Grosse Point, Michigan; and her eldest son, Timothy Stewart, in 1999.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Wallingford. Officiating will be Rev. Justin Baker, pastor.
Burial will be at a later date in Laurel Glenn Cemetery in Cuttingsville.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, January 3, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
Contributions may be made to Rutland County Humane Society, Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763; or to Dick Snyder Fund at Rutland Veterinary Clinic, 90 East Pittsford Road, Rutland, VT 05701.