Marie Jones, 96, dies

Montgomery, NY — Marie Jones, 96, of Montgomery, N.Y., died April 18, 2020, with her loving family at her side.

Mrs. Jones was born on July 16, 1923, in Westerville, Ohio, the daughter of Fred and Harriett Buck. She graduated from Westerville High School in 1941, then attended and graduated from Bliss College.

Marie Buck and Harness Racing Hall of Famer Hal Jones were married in 1950, a union that lasted 65 years, until his passing in 2015.

They started out working at Mac Dot Farm in Westerville, Ohio. Then from 1951 to 1969, they managed Pickwick Farms in Bucyrus, Ohio, for USTA President Walter Michael. Mrs. Jones was the farm secretary, while also raising their two boys, Mike and Steve.

Mr. Jones built Blue Chip Farms for the Kimelman family, then managed Hanover Shoe Farms and Lana Lobell of New Jersey before he and Mrs. Jones purchased their own farm in 1982. They bought and developed Cameo Hills Farm in Montgomery, N.Y. Mr. Jones’ horsemanship was important, but Mrs. Jones’ management of the finances gave them the ability to own and build their dream. That dream continues to this day, as her son, Steve, and his wife, Kathy, and their two boys, Tyler and Jake, continue the family legacy.

Mrs. Jones’ primary caregiver at the end of her life was her son, Michael, and her granddaughter, Ayden. She was very appreciative of them, and happy she was able to be at home, with family, her entire life.

Mrs. Jones is survived by her sons, Michael and Steve (Kathy); sister, Rosie; grandchildren, Ayden, Matt, Auriel, Tyler and Jake; and great-grandson, Emerson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory can be made to Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924.

Services will be private at the request of the family.

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