Helen King Jones Ford, 94, died on July 21 in Concord, Mass.
She was born in Cambridge, NY on May 5, 1919, to Jesse J. and Barbara Pratt Jones. She grew up in several cities in New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as 18 months living in England.
Following her graduation from Simmons College in 1941, she was working as a Lab Technician at Bridgeport Hospital when she was introduced to Robert Ford. They married in 1944 and she traveled around the country with him during his time as a Master Sergeant.
In 1945, they moved to Clinton, which was her husband’s hometown, where they lived for over 65 years. Bob returned to help run Ford’s Market.
Bob died in 1992.
She spent the latter part of her life adapting school text books into Braille for more than 35 years. She served as President of the Mother’s Club, on the CCS School Board, the Board of Family Services, and with United Way.
She was a Sunday School teacher at St. James Church, served on the Vestry and the Alter Guild for 40 years. She was a Diocesan Honored Woman of the Year in 2010.
She was active in the Monday Club and Whist Club for many years. She was an avid bridge player and continued to play every week in Harvard, Mass., where she moved in 2011, until the day before she entered the hospital.
She is survived by her son Stephen, daughter-in-law Pat, and grandson Christian (Harvard, Mass.), and daughter Barbara Ford Cerniglia (Brandon, Miss.). She is also survived by her niece, Jennifer Alden (New York, N.Y.), and her two world famous opera director nephews – Christopher Alden (New York, N.Y.), and David Alden (London, U.K.).
A memorial service will be held at St. James Church in Clinton, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Robert and Helen Ford Scholarship Fund at Clinton Central School.