2015-07-31 / Obituaries

Katherine Jones

Katherine E. (Kathy) Jones, a wellknown innkeeper and beloved community member, died peacefully on July 15, 2015 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, with her son, Barry by her side.

Kathy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 9, 1938, the daughter of John J. and Mary L. (Vye) Barry.

As a child she summered in Goose Rocks at the Westerly Cottage. Kathy worked throughout her high school, college and teaching career during the summer months at Nunan’s Lobster Hut; and with the extra money she saved, was able to take adventurous trips to Europe.

Kathy obtained her bachelor’s degree in English and education at Salem State College and then received double master’s degrees in Russian literature and music from Boston University.

She began her career as a high school English teacher and then went on to become the assistant principal at Wakefield High School. For many years, Kathy hosted multiple German exchange teachers as an extension of the Marshall Plan following World War II.

Kathy immersed herself with volunteering with many of the community organizations in Kennebunkport, which included volunteering to keep the Atlantic Hall in the square, the Cape Porpoise Library and was on the budget board for the town.

In 1983, Kathy started and operated the Cove House B&B until 1998 and then the Harbor Inn on Ocean Avenue. She had served as president and vice president of the hospitality center (GKCC) that brought the only public bathrooms to Kennebunkport at that time. Most recently, she helped in purchasing the Downing Road property where she was to enjoy her retirement and where her memorial service will be held.

Kathy never missed having coffee with the crowd in the mornings at HB in Lower Village and was affectionately nicknamed “Momma J” at the fire station. She knew the town’s history through and through and was a fixture in the community.

Kathy had many talents, which included being an avid knitter, being able to make hook rugs and beautiful crochet items. She loved music and art and was an avid European traveler.

Kathy’s home and heart was open to all. She became a surrogate mother to many and was very proud to be known as Mrs. Robert Alan Jones; her soulmate and beloved husband of 33 years. Kathy was a lady with finesse and grace; she listened and entertained her guests with the utmost respect. She will be dearly missed and forever cherished by those who had the good fortune of having her be a part of their lives.

She is lovingly survived by her son, Barry Jones of Kennebunkport and his girlfriend, Jassy Smith of Kennebunk.

A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the Downing Road property at the corner of Alewive Road and Downing Road in Kennebunk. There will be a service by her memorial tree followed by a reception on site. All are welcome.

To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.autumngreenfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kennebunkport Public

Heath, Emergency Fuel Fund, P.O. Box 566, Kennebunkport, ME 04046.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home in Alfred is respectfully handling arrangements.

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