Margaret (Maggie) Ruth Jones died at her home in Blue River at age 60 on Friday due to complications resulting from cancer.
Maggie was born on July 19, 1949, in Hammersmith, London, England. When Maggie was 16, she and her family settled in Broxbourne, where she met her husband-to-be, Derek. Maggie earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Imperial College, London, and her teaching degree from Cambridge University. She, Derek and their family lived in the Cambridge area for many years until moving to Connecticut in 1985. There she enjoyed exploring her musical career, learning to play bridge, and teaching multiple subjects while raising two children, Kiersten and Toby. Derek and Maggie finally settled in Summit County full-time in 2001, having been drawn here by the beautiful scenery and the lifestyle.
Maggie found fulfillment and touched many people's lives as one of the best maths teachers ever at middle school through college levels in Cambridge, England and in Connecticut. An amazing piano player, oboe player, conductor and wonderful singer; she sang with multiple groups including the Cambridge Singers, the Grace Notes, the Metropolitan Opera and Summit Choral Society. She performed in operas and musicals in multiple settings, including New York, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Colorado, London and Cambridge. After moving to Summit County, she used all of her astounding achievements at the bridge table - she exceeded the level of ACBL Bronze Life Master - to develop the bridge club and enrich so many people's skills. Her passions included photography, especially of wildflowers while hiking the Colorado trails, her family and her beautiful "girls", the Old English Sheepdogs Sapphy and Emmy, and in being the linchpin of communications for her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband Derek Jones of Blue River, her daughter Kiersten Jackson and husband Scott of Louisville, and her son Toby Jones and wife Dr. Colleen Ryan of Boulder. Her surviving family also includes her parents, Anthony and Pauline Hymans of Exeter, England, her sister Elizabeth Ouldridge and husband Martin of Exeter, England, her brother Peter Hymans of Doncaster, England, and her sister-in-law Barbara Cain of Macclesfield, England.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Father Dyer United Methodist Church in Breckenridge today at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco at 12:30 p.m. Her inurnment will occur in her beloved Colorado mountains.
Since Maggie loved all her pets and "grandpets" and living in the wonderful community of Summit County, her family requests that any donations in her memory be made to the Summit County Animal Shelter (www.co.summit.co.us/AnimalControl/).