Priscilla Alden Jones Brooks
Port Charlotte, Fla. — Priscilla Alden Jones Brooks died peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in the intensive care ward at Peace River Regional Hospital in Port Charlotte.
She was born on Feb. 18, 1929, as the daughter of Carleton Parker Jones and Ruth Alden (Adams) Jones of Amherst, Mass. She was the sister of Carleton Parker Jones II and Robert Edwards Jones, both deceased, and the wife of Rev. George Gordon Brooks. She leaves two nephews, Carleton Parker Jones, III and Edmund Adams Jones; two nieces, Catherine Leete Jones Randall and Miriam Ellis Coe; two grand-nieces and a grand-nephew; two great grand-nephews, three great grand-nieces and one on the way.
Early in life she was secretary to the Amherst Town Manager, Allen Torrey, then secretary to the Admissions Officer at Deerfield Academy, John Boyden, and finally, before marriage, to the Communications Officer at the Mass Council of Churches in Boston, Mass., William Whitehouse. Later she became a Teacher’s Assistant in the Elyria, Ohio school system but the work she loved the most was as the owner of the Wool and Needle Studio in Burlington, Iowa and teacher of Primary, Intermediate and Advanced Knitting for the Night School at Burlington High School.
Mrs. Brooks and her husband were owners of property on Hawley Drive on the shores of Crystal Lake in Enfield, N.H. since the mid-60s. She had many friends in the Upper Valley. She and husband were members of the Enfield Historical Society, the “50 plus” club of Enfield, the Crystal Lake improvement Association and the UU Congregation of the Upper Valley. Prior to retiring permanently to Port Charlotte, they spent two years at Wheelock Terrace in Hanover, N.H.
Her husband hopes to have a memorial service for her at the Norwich Unitarian Universalist congregation in May.