Priscilla Alden Jones Brooks, 84, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in the ICU ward at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte in Port Charlotte, Fla.
She was born Feb. 18, 1929, as the daughter of Carleton Parker Jones and Ruth Alden (nee Adams) Jones of Amherst, Mass.
Early in her 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, Priscilla 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. Her most significant “work” during her husband’s Ministerial career was as his eyes and ears on the congregation. Priscilla did most of the counseling, while he did the preaching. She was the perfect Minister’s wife! She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County, Fla.; the Rounders at Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club; and the Peace River Harvard Club.
Priscilla leaves behind her husband, the Rev. George Gordon Brooks; two nephews, Carleton Parker Jones III and Edmund Adams Jones; niece, Catherine Leete Jones Randall; two grandnieces; a grandnephew; two great-grandnephews; and three great-grandnieces and another on the way. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Carleton Parker Jones II and Robert Edward Jones.
A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, with light refreshments after the service. The Rev. Amy Kindred will officiate. Please visit the online tribute for Priscilla Alden Jones Brooks, to sign the Guest book and offer condolences to the family, at www.kays-ponger.com.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Port Charlotte Chapel.