THOMASTON — Paula Mary Jones, 71, died June 7, 2012, at Maine Medical Center, Portland, following a brief illness.
She was born Nov. 6, 1940, in Suffern, N.Y., a daughter of Stephen R. and Mary (Kurowski) Jones. The family lived in New York and moved to California when Ms. Jones was a young girl. She was a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where she studied education and social science. She later worked as a teacher in California. She also worked as a crisis counselor.
She had been an antiques dealer at Rockland Antiques Marketplace since moving to Thomaston in the early 1990s. She was a longtime volunteer at the Thomaston Public Library, where she arranged holiday displays and assisted with other library duties. She was known among her friends in the antiques trade as someone with an exceptional eye for detail and display. Her interior decorating skills were widely praised.
In addition to antiques, her interests included travel, fine cuisine, reading, nurturing her many friendships, and her Maine Coon Cat, Bella.
Ms. Jones was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Linda Kish. She is survived by her stepmother, Erma Jones of Los Alamitos, Calif.; a nephew, Tim Kish of Yucaipa, Calif.; and many friends, including Kathleen Daley of Thomaston, Jonas Edwards-Jenks of Thomaston, Merrilee Brown of Warren, and Gay Bogard of Hope.
A private memorial service will be held in July. Memorial donations may be made to Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841. Arrangements are with Hall & Bibber Funeral Home, Thomaston.